Senior Kaden Crane’s one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and Ryan Gray’s ensuing extra-point kick, stood as the game-winner as Carlton-Wrenshall won its first high school football game in program history, a defensive 7-6 victory over South Ridge on Friday night in Carlton.

Senior Nick Larson caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Riley Kinsley early in the fourth quarter to pull the Panthers to within a point, but the conversion run was stuffed. The teams exchanged drives before the Raptors got the ball back with about two minutes remaining and ran out the clock.

Senior Justin Swanson paced the Raptors with 11 carries for 70 yards, while Crane finished with eight carries for 37 yards and their lone touchdown. Crane, Gray and Sawyer Thorman each had at least eight tackles.

Junior Tyler Anderson rushed 15 times for 82 yards to lead South Ridge, while senior Logan Young led the Panthers with eight tackles.

South Ridge 0-0-0-6—6

Carlton-Wrenshall 0-7-0-0—7

CW — Kaden Crane 1 run (Ryan Gray kick)

SR — Nick Larson 15 pass from Riley Kinsley (run failed)

Superior 36, Merrill 0

Caden Stone had two touchdown runs while Kaden Kimmes and Jarrett Gronski tossed touchdown passes as the Spartans shut out the visiting Bluejays at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

Stone’s TD runs were of 3 and 10 yards.

Kimmes’ TD pass was 37 yards to Brady Herbst, and Gronski connected with Brennan Morrissey from 63 yards out.

Carter Fonger also had a 56-yard TD run for the Spartans (2-0).

Merrill 0-0-0-0—0

Superior 20-8-8-0—36

S — Caden Stone 4-yard run (Cardon Gotelaere kick).

S — Brady Herbst 37-yard pass from Kaden Kimmes (kick blocked).

S — Brennan Morrissey 63-yard pass from Jarrett Gronski (Gotelaere kick).

S — Stone 10-yard run (Gronski run).

S — Fonger 56-yard run (Fonger run).

Superior High School's Jarrett Gronski (6) tosses the ball to Caden Stone in the second quarter of the Spartans' 36-0 victory over Merrill Friday, Aug. 30, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior High School's Jarrett Gronski (6) tosses the ball to Caden Stone in the second quarter of the Spartans' 36-0 victory over Merrill Friday, Aug. 30, at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern 49, Hayward 0

The Tigers improved to 2-0 with the home shutout.

Colin Trautt scored from 8 yards on the Tigers’ third play of the game then made it 35-0 on a three-yard TD pass from Jake Brill with 27 seconds left in the second quarter.

Brill also threw an 11-yard TD pass to Dayne Evanson, and Bryson Mazur, Brennan Werner and Isaac Nichols had TD runs.

Harrison Nelson finished the scoring with a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Hayward 0-0-0-0—0

Northwestern 14-21-7-7—49

N — Colin Trautt 8 run (Isaac Nichols kick).

N — Bryson Mazur 64 run (Nichols kick).

N — Brennan Werner 3 run (Nichols kick).

N — Dayne Evanson 11 pass from Jake Brill (kick wide left).

N — Trautt 3 pass from Brill (Nichols run).

N — Nichols 6 run (Nichols kick).

N — Harrison Nelson 12 run (Dawson Kriske kick).

Eveleth-Gilbert 40, East Central 14

Senior Nick Beaudette opened the scoring for the host Golden Bears by picking up a fumble and returning it 17 yards for a touchdown. He then tossed three TD passes in staking them to a 27-0 halftime lead.

East Central 0-0-6-8—14

Eveleth-Gilbert 21-6-13-0—40

EG — Nick Beaudette 17 fumble recovery (kick failed)

EG — Karson Sortedahl 3 pass from Beaudette (Will Troutwine pass from Beaudette)

EG — Tommy Schlotec 7 pass from Beaudette (Troutwine kick)

EG — Preston Rodberg 11 pass from Beaudette (kick failed)

EG — Marshal Sortedahl 46 run (Troutwin kick)

EG — Schlotec 8 run (kick failed)

EC — Wes Watrin 9 pass from Brody Lindstrom (kick failed)

EC — Dillon Holmes 5 pass from Lindstrom (conversion good)

Cromwell-Wright 50, Foodwood 24

Taye Anderson scored five of Cromwell-Wright’s seven touchdowns in their back-and-forth win over Floodwood.

Jaeger Goranson also threw a TD pass to Zevvus Smith, scored on a 14-yard run and had a hand in four two-point conversions (two running and two passing).

Levi Suonvieri scored all three touchdowns for Floodwood.

Floodwood 8-8-0-8—24

Cromwell-Wright 6-6-22-16—50

F — Levi Suonvieri 3 run (Blake Tahja pass from Jaxson Heggedal)

C — Taye Anderson 70 kick return (run failed)

F — Suonvieri 3 run (Errol Palmer run)

C — Anderson 23 pass from Jaeger Goranson (pass failed)

C — Anderson 55 run (Goranson run)

C — Anderson 54 run (Goranson run)

C — Zevvus Smith 23 pass from Goranson (pass failed)

C — Goranson 14 run (Anderson pass from Goranson)

F — Suonvieri 36 pass from Palmer (Palmer run)

C — Anderson 51 run (Achille Pommier pass from Goranson)

Cherry 50, Lake of the Woods 6

Matt Welsh’s 61-yard reception highlighted the visiting Tigers’ win over the Bears.