Cardinals shut down Titans to advance in state 9-man
The Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Titans scored on their opening drive, but were shut down the remainder of the game and held off the scoreboard for three quarters in a 14-7 state 9-man quarterfinal loss to Cromwell-Wright at Chet Anderson Stadium in Bemidji.
Noah Klemetson’s 70-yard run was the highlight of a 90-yard drive to start the game. Klemetson’s sprint to the red zone setup Tate Hoseth one-yard touchdown run ot complete the drive and a 7-0 lead.
Isaac Shelton scored before halftime on a two-yard run to pull the Cardinals within a point. The Titans stuffed a two-point conversion run to preserve a 7-6 lead at the break.
Senior Cameron Cahoon capped the Cardinals opening drive of the second half with a six-yard touchdown run and the deuce to give the Cardinals the 14-7 lead.
NCE/UH kept the Cardinals’ runners in check. Cahoon finished with 76 yards, while Kannon Korpela had 82 yards on 19 carries, mostly in the second half.
The Titans best chance to tie the game came in the final minute of the third quarter facing fourth-and-2 at the Cardinals seven-yard line.
The Cromwell-Wright defensive line blew up the Titans on the snap, forcing a fumble and taking over on downs to preserve the lead.
The loss was the first for NCE/UH. The Titans finish the season 10-1; Cromwell-Wright improves to 12-0 and faces the defending state champions Spring Grove (12-0) in the state semifinals.
(Jamey Malcomb of Cloquet Pine Journal contributed to this story)
N 7 0 0 0 - 7
C 0 6 8 0 - 14
N — Tate Hoseth 1 run (kick)
C — Isaac Shelton 2 run (run failed)
C — Cameron Cahoon 2 run (Cahoon run)