The Cardinals held a 34-0 halftime advantage over South Ridge Friday. Cromwell-Wright cruised in the second half, winning 54-0 and setting up a state quarterfinal matchup with Ely at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth Friday night, Nov. 11.
“We need to figure out a way to score quickly and stop their early momentum,” he said. “I read someplace that their first team defense hasn’t been scored on so we have to figure out how to make that happen.”
“They beat us last year,” Gronner said. “If we don’t come ready, any team can beat us. We pounded them in the regular season (42-0 in a Sept. 30 game in Floodwood), but they are a different team and so are we from last year. It’s still that type of scenario.”
“We have a different team from last year and so do they,” Arntson said. “We were senior-heavy last year, but they (Proctor) are big and good. They are the No. 1 seed for a reason. (Coach Derek) Parendo has them well prepared and they’ll be tough to beat.”
“We were excited to get home and we obviously showed it on Friday night with a passion to compete,” said Madsen, who replaced Corey Millen as coach earlier this year. “But Saturday was really, really disappointing — and you can quote me on that.”
Each team scored on three of five attempts in the first round of penalty kicks, setting up a sudden-death session, where Lucia Wyland won the match for Grand Rapids. The win was the Thunderhawks first post-season triumph since 2006.
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Cromwell-Wright has an elite-level team, without doubt. The Cardinal starters haven’t played a down in the fourth quarter all season, which has given Gronner a chance to test his vaunted sophomore class. And they’ve done well.
“At the beginning of the year we were rusty but our games got stronger physically and mentally. We didn’t win as much as we liked but some of our matches were 5-2, 4-3, and a lot of three-set matches where we came up short.
What made the victory even more remarkable was that Cloquet played without three starting offensive linemen and tight end Evan Erickson out due to injury. Sophomore Brady Doran started at center — in his first varsity game and in his first season playing the position.