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|Paynesville Press - September 7, 2005|
Holdingford tops Dogs in gridiron opener
The Holdingford Huskers scored touchdowns all three times they touched the ball in the first quarter, building a 20-0 lead, and beat the Bulldogs football team 39-8 in their opener on Friday.|
Holdingford rushed for 300 yards and used several big plays to score six touchdowns over the first three quarters, taking a 39-0 lead, on their way to the victory.
To open the game, the Huskers drove 64 yards in six plays, all runs, and scored a touchdown on a 17-yard run by junior Calvin Becker. After forcing the Dogs to go three-and-out and punt, Becker then returned the punt 50 yards for the second Holdingford score.
Later in the first quarter, Holdingford added a 56-yard pass play for a touchdown.
The Huskers added a 52-yard run in the second quarter, making the score 27-0 at the half, and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter, set up by two interceptions. They returned one interception 25 yards for a touchdown and drove 40 yards in four plays for the other score.
The Bulldogs, on offense, were held without a first down in the first quarter, gaining only one net yard. They got three first downs on their first drive of the second quarter but still had to punt.
In the third quarter, the Dogs again failed to convert a first down, turning the ball over twice on interceptions and twice on punts.
Senior Keith Klein makes a tackle for the Bulldogs as teammates Kevin Klein (31), Aaron Bachman (20), and Sam Bayer (57) come to help.
The Dogs finally put together two drives in the fourth quarter. They ran 14 plays and gained 67 yards before turning the ball over on downs on their first drive, getting five first downs (over half of their first downs for the game came on this lone drive).
Then, after forcing a Husker punt, junior Randy Leyendecker ran for 42 yards, setting up a ten-yard touchdown run by junior Matt Hansen. Leyendecker ran for the two-point conversion, making the final 39-8.
Holdingford gained 421 total yards, including 300 on the ground, while holding the Dogs to 158 yards. Coach Ted Nett said the Dogs (0-1) did not play well against the bigger, older Huskers. (Holdingford has 18 players over 175 pounds and 23 seniors; Paynesville has 10 players over 175 pounds and seven seniors.)
The Bulldogs need to work to fix missed assignments and misalignments with their new one-back offense, added Nett. They also might concentrate on fewer plays for their next opponent, St. Peter.
The Dogs will travel to St. Peter on Friday, Sept. 9, for a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m.
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