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Prep football: Raptors look to use their speed

"We are undersized, meaning looking at our overall team size. We'll make up for that with our speed and quickness," coach Brent Pokornowski said.

Carlton-Wrenshall's Peyton Johnson carries the ball during a home win over Northeast Range Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2019.
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Head coach: Brent Pokornowski

Assistant coach: Jake Anderson

Returning starters: Wesley Ward, Peyton Johnson, Joe Rubish, Carter Woodall, Uriah Loucks and Tyler Mills

Newcomers to watch: Ayden Berglind, Dylan Manning, Levi Manning, Jeremiah Hazelton, Christopher Rathe, Myles Pearson, Cayden Manning, Jeshua Sjodin, Morgan Fox, Dayne Heino, Bryce Bartczak, Alex Gillette, Ethen Mackly and Xavier Ernst.


What are the team's strengths?

"We appear to have some speed and quickness on the CW Raptors football team as well as a few with a very quick football IQ," coach Brent Pokornowski said. "Athletes have been engaged and working hard as camp opened up this week!"

Where can the team improve?

"We are undersized, meaning looking at our overall team size. We'll make up for that with our speed and quickness," Pokornowski said.

What will be the team's biggest challenge this season?

"Our first team goal is to finish the season and that means having at least 18 players on the team to start the season (9-man football). We accomplished that opening camp on Monday, Aug. 15," Pokornowski said. "Now our focus turns to the health and safety of athletes throughout the year as we play this game that so many of us have grown to love."


In girls soccer action, Grand Rapids snapped Cloquet-Carlton's 10-game win streak.

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