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Paynesville Press - September 5, 2001

Dogs edge Sauk Centre in gridiron debut

By Coach Kyle Nehowig

Kicking an extra point The Paynesville Bulldogs football team opened their 2001 season with a hard-fought win over the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters on Friday night by the score of 14-12.

Both teams scored two touchdowns, with the scoring difference being the two extra point conversions for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run by senior Josh Trees with 3:55 left in the first quarter. This score was set up by a fumble recovery by the Bulldogs at the Mainstreeters five-yard line.

Josh Kampsen (see photo at right) kicked the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was a defensive battle with neither team being able to move the ball much.

The Paynesville defense came up with a great defensive stand at the end of the second quarter to preserve the Bulldogs 7-0 lead. The Mainstreeters had first and goal at the Bulldogs five-yard line at the end of the second quarter and were stopped by the Paynesville defense on four plays.

The Mainstreeters completed a pass on fourth down but the receiver was driven out of bounds by the Bulldogs' Kevin Mehr one yard short of the end zone.

The Bulldogs scored on their first drive of the second half. A 43-yard kickoff return by Ryan Schneider started the drive in good field position, and the Bulldogs drove 56 yards in five plays from there.

Trees scored his second touchdown of the night from four yards out. Kampsen kicked another extra point for the Bulldogs to make the score 14-0 in favor of the home team.

Sauk Centre then found some life and came right back and scored to make the score 14-6. Adam Schaefer blocked the extra point kick to keep the score at 14-6.

The Mainstreeters then marched right back down the field and scored another touchdown to bring the score to 14-12. Sauk Centre then went for a two-point conversion to tie the score but the pass fell incomplete.

The fourth quarter saw the Bulldogs offensive line come to life as the offense took possession of the ball on their own three-yard line and proceeded to go on a 15-play, 89-yard drive to eat up the rest of the game clock.

Football play Mehr ran for 36 yards on this final drive behind the fired-up offensive line. The clock ran out with the Bulldogs inside the Mainstreeters 10-yard line holding a 14-12 lead.

The Paynesville offensive line (see photo at left) flexed their muscles in the second half as the Bulldogs rushed for 160 yards. Linemen include Nic Glenz, Max Meagher, Steve Mages, Jake Nyffeler, Chris Jacobson, Ryan Smith, Jon Schefers, and Aaron Lang.

The Bulldogs are now 1-0 on the young season.They host ACGC on Friday night in Paynesville. The game starts at 7:30 p.m., and the Bulldog Booster Club will have tailgating at the park starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sauk Centre0 0 120-- 12
Paynesville--7 0 70 -- 14

Scoring Summary
Pay-Josh Trees 5 run (Josh Kampsen kick);
Pay-Trees 4 run (Kampsen kick);
SC-Jesse Ellens 45 run (kick blocked);
SC-Jordan Wolf 16 run (pass failed).

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs): Josh Trees 18-87-2; Adam Schaefer 8-59; Kevin Mehr 6-39; Josh Kempsen 7-24; Chris Fuchs 6-13;
Passing (completions-attempts-yards-INTs): Chris Fuchs 0-2-0-1; Trees 0-1-0-0;
Interceptions: Mehr;
Tackles: Schaefer 11; Nic Glenz 7; Jon Schefers 7; Kampsen 5; Ryan Glenz 5;
Fumble recoveries: Schaefer; Josh Schreifels;
Sacks: Kampsen; Schefers; and Schreifels.

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