Daily Herald Staff
The Carlton Crusaders had the misfortune of opening both the regular and playoff seasons against the No. 1-seeded Walter Murray Crusaders and in both meetings the result was an 18-point deficit.
Carlton’s season in 4A football action came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 24-6 decision to Walter Murray in a game played at Gordie Howe Bowl in Saskatoon.
Carlton, which opened its season back on Sept. 13 with an 18-0 setback to Walter Murray, got its lone touchdown from receiver Ben Bihun.
Despite the quarter-final loss, it was a season of positives for Carlton as quarterback Julian Bird finished as the second-ranked pivot in the Saskatoon High School Football League and the Crusaders were a difficult opponent in every contest as they gave the opposition a lot of new looks. A number of younger players gained valuable experience and should make the club that much stronger in the coming years.
Prince Albert’s other high school football team, the St. Mary Marauders, play their quarter-final contest tonight in Saskatoon when they take on third-seeded Centennial Collegiate. St. Mary enters the playoffs on a positive note having won their regular-season finale 26-11 over No. 2 seeded Aden Bowman.