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A full moon weaves its way through the goal posts at Max Clunie Field on Thursday night. It was a perfect evening for high school football action except the host Carlton Crusaders fell 14-5 to the Centennial Chargers from Saskatoon. Carlton, which was playing its home opener, is now 0-3 on the season.
The Carlton Crusaders certainly had their chances in 4A high school football action on Thursday at Max Clunie Field, but several missed opportunities ultimately cost them as they fell 14-5 to the Centennial Chargers from Saskatoon. Carlton had three shots at the end zone from inside the five-yard line early in the third quarter, but were denied a touchdown and late in the fourth quarter with the Crusaders marching down field they once again turned the ball over on downs, this time at the Centennial 27-yard line. The Chargers’ first touchdown, a 58-yard catch-and-run play by Carter Olson was almost knocked down by a Carlton defender and on two other occasions the Crusaders stopped Centennial when Lukas McConnechy intercepted a pass and Kale Ruszkowski recovered a fumble. Justin Reed had the other major for the Chargers while Ryan Earing kicked a 29-yard field goal for Carlton. The Crusaders’ only other points came in the fourth quarter when Centennial punter Navdeep Hansra ran the ball through the Chargers’ end zone to give Carlton a safety. Carlton, which is now 0-3 in league play, will return to action next Friday when they will face cross-town rival St. Mary in the annual Canadian Tire Classic at 6:30 p.m. at Max Clunie Field.