Carlton-Wrenshall senior Sawyer Thorman preserved the Raptors’ perfect season when he tipped away a pass on a two-point conversion to give his team a 34-32 home win over Ogilvie on Friday, Oct. 11.
Raptor senior running back Isaiah Johnson rushed for four touchdowns and the Raptors held on to win the seesaw battle of District 9 White unbeaten teams in Carlton.
After Johnson’s final touchdown gave Carlton-Wrenshall a 34-26 lead, the Lions came back on the arm of junior quarterback Brady Harlan.
Harlan, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 187 yards and five touchdowns, connected with Beau Burk from 21 yards out with just under a minute to play to pull Ogilvie (6-1) within a two-point conversion of tying it. However, the conversion pass failed and the difference in the game wound up being the kicking of senior quarterback Ryan Gray, who converted four of five extra points.
Co-head coach Jason Crane said Carlton-Wrenshall had opportunities to score more, the Raptors made turnovers Lions converted into points and kept themselves in the game.
“We had several turnovers. We had two of our running backs fumble the ball,” Crane said. “Which gave them opportunities to score when we felt like we were driving the ball. If we maintained possession on those instances, we probably would have went down the field and scored ourselves because our offensive running game was working for us Friday night.”
Ogilvie’s onside kick was recovered by the Raptors (7-0), who then ran out the clock.
Senior Justin Swanson rushed 15 times for 114 yards for Carlton-Wrenshall, Gray completed three passes for 62 yards, Johnson finished with 53 yards rushing and Kaden Crane had 54 yards rushing and another TD.
Carlton has played nine-man football all season, but will jump to 11-man for the Section 7A playoffs. While the change is a new challenge for the Raptors, Crane says his team will respond as they have throughout their unbeaten run.
“We’ve got a good group of kids coming through Carlton and Wrenshall right now,” Crane said. “This team will handle the playoffs well. We’re going to be competitive no matter who we play and we have got a good chance of winning some playoff games.”
CW — Isaiah Johnson 3 run (Ryan Gray kick)
O — Andy Berg 5 pass from Brady Harlan (run failed)
CW — Kaden Crane 2 run (Gray kick)
O — Darius Vanable 3 pass from Harlan (pass failed)
O — Brian Nelson 30 pass from Harlan (pass failed)
CW — Johnson 5 run (kick failed)
CW — Johnson 12 run (Gray kick)
O — Berg 20 pass from Harlan (Harlan run)
CW — Johnson 1 run (Gray kick)
O — Beau Burk 21 pass from Harlan (pass failed)