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Carlton football see improvement in loss to Eagles

Even though the Carlton football team lost to East Central 28-0 on Friday night, the Bulldog coaching staff is hopeful the winless team will turn their season around.

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Even though the Carlton football team lost to East Central 28-0 on Friday night, the Bulldog coaching staff is hopeful the winless team will turn their season around.

"It was our best effort of the year," explained coach Dave Battaglia. "We were minus three starters and I thought we played a very good game."

East Central entered the game undefeated, and they left that way, but the Bulldogs gave them a battle. The Eagles managed a single touchdown in each of the four quarters and led just 14-0 at halftime.

"We gave up a touchdown in each quarter and offensively we got stopped twice deep in their territory," stated Battaglia. "We are definitely improving, but we need to find a way to score after we drive the ball deep into the opponent's territory."

The Eagles' lone score in the first quarter was by Dave Baxter on a 1-yard touchdown run. Jake Jenson scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, and again in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass. Nick Gutnechdt finished off the scoring in the final quarter on a 52-yard touchdown rumble.

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"Some big penalties hurt us on Friday," Battaglia said. "We gained 150 yards rushing and got a very good game out of Sam Kavanaugh who had 15 carries for 80 yards. We also held them to their lowest output of the season so far."

Things will not get any easier for the Bulldogs who take on another undefeated team, Chisholm, before returning home to take on the 4-0 Cook County Vikings who are the section and conference favorite.

"We'll continue to work hard," Battaglia remarked. "Hopefully we will reap some rewards at the end of the season."

Carlton is now 0-4 on the season.

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