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Wrens outrun Bulldogs in lopsided game

Wrenshall's Tyler Kelley carries the ball with help from the blocks of teammates Isaiah Johnson (44) and Nick Mattson (84) during Friday night's football game against Carlton. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal1 / 3
Wrenshall quarterback Randy Wimmer escapes the tackle of Carlton's Jarrod Robertson during Friday night's football game. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal2 / 3
Wrenshall's Jared Kelley catches the ankles of Carlton's Jacob Santkuyl as he tries to leap over Kelley during a rushing attempt in Friday night's football game in Wrenshall. Dave Harwig/Pine Journal3 / 3

NINE-MAN FOOTBALL

*****

Most people have heard about Murphy's Law, which states: "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." However, most people have never heard of Yhprum's Law, which states "Everything that can work, will work." (Note: Yhprum is Murphy spelled backward). On Friday night the Wrenshall Wrens saw the best football can offer, and the Carlton Bulldogs saw the complete opposite as Wrenshall rolled to a 64-0 victory.

"The game started very quickly for us," said Wrenshall coach Jeremy Zywicki. "We came out and stopped Carlton on their first offensive possession and then we scored on our first three possessions of the game."

Wrenshall was bolstered by the dynamic brother duo of Tyler and Jared Kelley, who rushed for 457 yards and eight touchdowns between them.

"Our offensive line played very well, and Tyler and his brother, Jared, ran great," Zywicki said enthusiastically. "Tyler had 15 carries for 228 yards and five touchdowns and Jared had 13 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns."

While things were going almost perfectly for the Wrens, it was a nightmare start for the Bulldogs.

"We had some guys under the weather for the game and a few injuries that happened in the opening quarter which changed up the flow of the game for us a little," said Carlton coach Andrew Weber. "Not to take anything away from Wrenshall, because they came out to play. They moved the ball efficiently and offensively we struggled to put drives together against their defense."

First quarter action saw Jared Kelley score on a 45-yard touchdown gallop and then Tyler Kelley waltzed in from the five-yard line for a score. Tyler Kelley made the extra point kick on both scores for a 14-0 lead after the opening stanza.

Before halftime, the Wrens added a 20-yard run by Jared Kelley, an eight-yard run by quarterback Randy Wimmer for a score and then another 35-yard touchdown run by Jared Kelley, making the score 32-0 counting another extra point kick by Tyler Kelley.

"Both the Kelleys are extremely good runners," explained Zywicki. "They are fast, very shifty and they are tough to bring down."

The third quarter saw the Wrens rack up 24 more points, one of which was a Tyler Kelley 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half. Included in the scoring were Tyler Kelley on a 25-yard run, 50-yard run and another 10-yard run as well as a Nick Mattson 55-yard touchdown run. Wrenshall closed the scoring in the final corner when Christian O'Conner bulled in for a 10-yard touchdown run and that was capped off by Isaiah Johnson adding a two-point conversion run.

"I wasn't surprised at the Wrens' ability to run the ball because they have one of the best running backs in the area," Weber said. "They do a tremendous job of setting double teams and then kicking out followed by three other blockers on their power run plays."

The win kept the Wrens undefeated on the season at 2-0.

"I was happy with the win," said Zywicki. "Anytime you can get a win over a rival at home feels good. We've opened the season 2-0 and it's been great for these kids to build confidence early."

The loss did not deter Weber and the Bulldogs.

"We need to put this game behind us and keep working toward our goals," said Weber. "This is only one game and we can't let this define our season."

As good as the Wrens offense was, their defense was equally impressive, picking off four Carlton passes and keeping the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.

This week the Bulldogs will host Isle while Wrenshall will hit the road to play at Onamia.

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