“You win, you get more people in the stands and maybe a home playoff game, which is so important,” Esse said. “It snowballs.”
“I thought I was going to cry,” she said. “I was just so happy for her. The reaction on her face was worth it.”
“We all want to be in the state tournament, but we hope to be about a .500 team and be competitive in our section,” Olin said. “We were a fifth-seed last year but we would like to be a fourth seed and get a home playoff game this year. We’re in a tough section with good teams with bigger numbers than we have and that’s a challenge for us.”
“They think they can do anything, they have that in their mind set,” she said. “They can do it and they will, that is what we talk about every day at practice. Going into (the state meet), the main thing is having a good mind set and not being so wrapped up in everything going on around you. They can do that.”
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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.”