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|Paynesville Press - September 12, 2001|
Bulldogs fall to Falcons, 40-14
The Paynesville Bulldogs' football team came up with a gutsy performance for the first half of their game with the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons before losing to them by a score of 40-14 on Friday night in Paynesville. |
Kevin Mehr (26) avoids a tackle by the Falcons' Jake Nordin during a Bulldogs' running play.
The Bulldogs were caught sleeping at the beginning of the game as the Falcons completed a halfback option pass for a 63-yard touchdown to take an early lead of 8-0. Kent Anderson, ACGC's state champion hurdler, hauled in the pass and opened the scoring.
The Bulldogs showed that they were ready to play as they took the ensuing kickoff on their own 33-yard line and drove 67 yards in 11 plays with Josh Trees scoring from a yard out. Kevin Mehr ran in the two-point conversion and the score was tied 8-8.
Anderson hauled in another touchdown reception with less than a minute left in the first quarter. With the two-point conversion, the visitors held a 16-8 lead.
The second quarter was a defensive battle for both teams as neither team could put any more points on the scoreboard. The Paynesville defense - led by Josh Schreifels and Nic Glenz - came up with some big plays to keep the Falcons out of the end zone.
In the third quarter, the Falcons showed why they are considered one of the top teams in the area as they dominated the Bulldogs. They outgained the Bulldogs 107-38 in yardage for the quarter. During this time, the Falcons scored two touchdowns and took a 32-8 lead.
The Falcons first three two-point conversions were all successful passes from quarterback Mike Kingery to Austin Martin.
The Bulldogs managed to score on a 38-yard dash to the end zone by fullback Adam Schaefer to close the gap to 32-14.
The Falcons scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 40-14. ACGC halfback David Blom ran for 134 yards, including two touchdowns and two extra points, in the second half.
The Bulldogs could not get any offense going in the fourth quarter, as they went scoreless to make the final score 40-14 in favor of ACGC.
The coaches were pleased that the Bulldogs showed in the first half that they are capable of playing with any team in the area. The team also learned it cannot afford to make any mistakes against top teams such as ACGC.
The Bulldogs will travel to New London-Spicer to take on the Wildcats on Friday night. The Dogs are going to have to find a way to generate some more offense if they hope to get back on the winning track. Game time will be 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs' record now stands at 1-1 for the season.
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