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Paynesville Press - September 14, 2005

Fumbles plague Dogs in 33-22 loss

By Michael Jacobson

Four fumbles by the Bulldogs football team led to four touchdowns for St. Peter, who beat the Dogs 33-22 on Friday in St. Peter.

The Dogs fell into a 20-0 hole in the first half due to two lost fumbles and a bad snap on a punt, which led to three touchdowns for St. Peter.

In the first quarter, the Dogs outgained St. Peter 96 yards to 24, but St. Peter scored the only points when the Dogs fumbled in their own end zone, recovered by St. Peter. Twice the Dogs drove inside St. Peter's 25-yard line in the first quarter but turned the ball over on downs without scoring.

In the second quarter, the Dogs gave the ball to St. Peter on their five-yard line after a bad snap prevented a punt, leading to a touchdown a play later, and later fumbled again deep in their territory, leading to a four-play, 12-yard drive for another touchdown for St. Peter.

Three turnovers inside their own 20-yard line in the first half, leading to three St. Peter touchdowns, proved too tough an obstacle to overcome. "We outgained St. Peter in total yards," said coach Ted Nett. "We outplayed them in the physical part of the game but were our own worst enemy."

The Dogs outscored St. Peter 22-13 in the second half. After forcing St. Peter to punt, which was short, the Dogs drove 16 yards in five plays with senior quarterback Jamie Paul scoring on a one-yard plunge to make the score 22-6.

The Dogs forced St. Peter to punt again on their next possession, but the Dogs then fumbled, and St. Peter drove 47 yards in six plays to retake a three-touchdown lead at 26-6.

The Dogs answered with a 72-yard drive, with Paul connecting with junior halfback Matt Hansen on a 36-yard pass play on fourth down for the Dogs' second score. Paul hit sophomore end Alex Svejkovsky for the two-point conversion, making the score 26-14.

On St. Peter's next possession, the Dogs thought they had the running back trapped in the backfield for a loss on first down, but he made a cut and ran 64 yards for a touchdown, making the score 33-14.

The Dogs' last score came when junior lineback Sam Bayer returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown. With Paul running in the two-point conversion, the Dogs trailed 33-22.

The Dogs forced St. Peter to go three-and-out and punt two more times in the fourth quarter, but the Dogs turned the ball over on downs once and threw an interception on their last possession, losing 33-22.

This week, the Dogs (0-2) will start their conference schedule with a game against BOLD on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. BOLD, a state quarterfinalist last year, just joined the West Central Conference South.

Paynesville 0 0 6 16 - 22 St. Peter 7 13 6 7 - 33
Paynesville--0 0 00-- 0
Paynesville--0 0 00 -- 0

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
SP-Fumble recovery in end zone (PAT good);
Second Quarter
SP-5 run (PAT good);
SP-2 run (PAT good);
Third Quarter
Pay-Jamie Paul 1 run (PAT failed);
SP-30 run (PAT failed);
Fourth Quarter
Pay-Matt Hansen 36 pass from Paul (Alex Svejkovsky pass from Paul);
SP-64 run (PAT good);
Pay-Sam Bayer 57 fumble return (Paul run).

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs): Randy Leyendecker 19-76; Aaron Bachman 12-27; Kevin Klein 2-27; Matt Hansen 5-8; Jamie Paul 7-8-1;
Passing (completions-attempts-yards-TDs-Ints): Paul 9-20-129-1-1;
Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs): Matt Hansen 3-61-1; Alex Naujokas 2-41; Leyendecker 3-24; Alex Svejkovsky 1-3;
Interceptions: Paul;
Fumble Recoveries: Sam Bayer (TD);
Punting: Isaac Jones 2-73;
Punt Returns: Bachman 1-12; Leyendecker 2-8;
Kicking: Bayer 2-81; Aaron Burris 2-47;
Kick Returns: Paul 1-13; Bachman 2-7.

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