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Paynesville Press - September 6, 2006

Dogs top Westonka in their football opener

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Bulldogs opened their 2006 season with a 15-0 shutout victory at Mound Westonka on Friday night.

The Dogs matched their victory total from last year with a win in their first game of 2006.

Playing at Mound Westonka, a 4A school, the game did not start until 10 p.m. due to a lack of referees, which sent the Dogs, who were ready on the field, back to the lockerroom.

The Dogs struck first on junior Brett Savelkoul's 39-yard scamper to the end zone in the first quarter. The Dogs' drive had stalled at midfield, but on fourth and four the Dogs induced a Mound Westonka player to jump offsides with a long count in the punt formation.

Two plays later, Savelkoul ran into the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Dogs capped a long drive with junior quarterback Ted Hoffman scoring on a one-yard sneak for a 13-0 lead.

The Dogs' defense, which limited Mound Westonka to 70 yards for the game, nearly blocked a punt while Mound Westonka was pinned back on their two-yard line in the fourth quarter.

On their next series, Mound Westonka was pinned back again at their two-yard line on fourth down, and the Bulldogs scored their last two points on a safety when Mound snapped the ball through their punter's hands out of the end zone.

The Bulldogs gave a great effort and scored a great win, said coach Ted Nett.

This week, the Dogs (1-0) open their conference season in the West Central Conference South when they host Yellow Medicine East on Friday, Sept. 8, starting at 7 p.m.

Paynesville--7 6 02-- 15
Mound Westonka--0 0 00 -- 0

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
Pay-Brett Savelkoul 39 run (Aaron Burris kick);

Second Quarter
Pay-Ted Hoffman 1 run (kick failed);

Third Quarter
No scoring;

Fourth Quarter
Pay-Safety: Mound Westonka punt snapped through the end zone.

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs): Brett Savelkoul 4-64-1; Aaron Burris 13-38; Sam Bayer 7-21; Matt Hansen 5-18; Mike Wendlandt 1-6; Bill Thompson 3-6; Ted Hoffman 1-1-1;
Passing (completions-attempts-yards): Hoffman 5-9-41;
Receiving (receptions-yards): Alex Naujokas 3-17; Hansen 2-24;
Punts: Burris 4-158;
Punt Returns: Savelkoul 2-45;
Kickoffs: Bayer 3-125.

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