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|Paynesville Press - September 19, 2001|
Bulldogs beat NL-S in rain, 23-6
The Paynesville Bulldogs' football team improved their record to 2-1 with a 23-6 win over the New London-Spicer Wildcats on a rainy Friday night. |
The visiting Bulldogs opened the game with a thrilling 85-yard kickoff return by Ryan Schneider, only to have it brought back to the 50-yard line because of a clipping call on the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs could not move the ball and ended up punting to the Wildcats, who then went on a 50-yard, four first-down drive that ended on the Paynesville 32-yard line. These were the only first downs the Wildcats varsity would produce for the evening as the Bulldog defense dominated the rest of the game.
After a turnover inside the NL-S five-yard line, the Bulldogs had a second touchdown called back due to an illegal procedure penalty.
The Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when quarterback Chris Fuchs took a sneak nine yards into the end zone. Josh Kampsen kicked the extra point to make the score 7-0.
The Bulldogs offense could not put any more points on the board in the second quarter but the defense came through for a safety as Steve Mages broke through and blocked a Wildcat punt. Off Mages' block, the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety. The score at the half was 9-0 in favor of Paynesville.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs' defense - led by Kampsen, Ryan Wendlandt and Josh Schreifels - completely dominated the Wildcats. The Wildcats lost 20 yards on offense for the quarter.
The Paynesville offense was still struggling, so the defense again picked up the slack as strong safety Nic Glenz intercepted a Wildcat pass and returned it nine yards for another Paynesville touchdown. Kampsen again split the uprights with the extra point to put the Bulldogs in front 16-0.
The offense finally got on track in the fourth quarter, as they pounded the Wildcats with their running game. Josh Trees - who rushed for 117 yards in the game - came up with a 44-yard touchdown sprint. This was Trees' fourth touchdown of the season. Another extra point and the Bulldogs had the game well in hand by a score of 23-0.
The Wildcats finally scored when their junior varsity offense came up with a score against the Bulldogs' junior varsity defense to bring the final score to 23-6.
The Bulldogs' record now stands at 2-1 entering their conference season. The defense seems to be ready for the conference schedule while the offense needs to show some improvement if the Bulldogs are going to be a contender for the conference title.
The Bulldogs host Benson this Friday at the high school field at 7:30 p.m.
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