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|Paynesville Press - September 20, 2006|
LQPV rallies to beat Dogs 14-7
Lac Qui Parle Valley rallied with 14 second-half points to defeat the PAHS football team 14-7 on Friday.|
The Bulldogs (1-2 overall) led 7-0 after scoring their only touchdown in the second quarter.
LQPV had driven 12 plays into PAHS territory before senior Aaron Burris intercepted a tipped pass, ending the drive. On second and ten, senior Alex Naujokas caught a lofted pass from junior Ted Hoffman and raced down the sideline when the LQPV defender fell, scoring on a 65-yard pass play.
This play accounted for over half of the Dogs' offense in the first half, but the Dogs' defense kept LQPV scoreless, forcing the Eagles to punt three times and causing two turnovers.
Junior Brett Savelkoul had two big plays for the Dogs in the first half, returning the opening kick 44 yards and then running for 27 yards on the second play from scrimmage. The Dogs's first drive ended when they turned the ball over on downs in LQPV territory.
Senior Alex Naujokas - shown diving for a pass in the Dogs' home opener against Yellow Medicine East - accounted for nearly half of the Dogs' offense on Friday night, largely due to his 65-yeard touchdown reception in the first half.
While lightning threatened to the southeast at LQPV High School during halftime and the second half, the game was finished as scheduled.
With LQPV driving with the wind in the third quarter, the Dogs stopped their first two drives, first forcing a punt and then causing and recovering another fumble at their own 20-yard line.
On their second play following the fumble, however, the Dogs gave the ball back to LQPV at their 16-yard line, and the Eagles scored six plays later, converting a fourth and inches to continue the drive inside the Dogs' 10-yard line.
LQPV, however, missed the extra-point kick wide right, leaving the Dogs in the lead 7-6.
The Dogs, who had only 159 yards of offense for the game and had only three first downs, went three and out on their next possession and had to punt into the wind once again, as LQPV called timeouts to force the Dogs to punt before the quarter change.
Getting the ball at their 45-yard line, LQPV drove 55 yards in 11 plays to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Eagles scored on fourth and five from the Dogs' 14-yard line, with their quarterback eluding a near sack before finding an open receiver in the end zone.
A two-point conversion made the score 14-7 midway thru the quarter.
The Dogs went three and out on their first possession of the fourth quarter, but a 62-yard punt by Burris pinned the Eagles deep in their territory. (This punt, picked up inside the five-yard line, was close to the PAHS school record, which was a 70-yard punt by Dan Wall in 1976.)
The Bulldogs took possession just across midfield in LQPV territory with under two minutes to play for their final attempt at tying the score. A 10-yard pass from Hoffman to senior Matt Hansen got one first down, and a 10-yard penalty on LQPV gave the Dogs' another first down on the LQPV 22-yard line.
Hoffman hit Savelkoul with a five-yard pass on first down, but LQPV stopped a run for no gain on second down, and the Dogs dropped a slant pass on third down and threw an interception at the goal line on fourth down.
LQPV outrushed the Dogs 161 yards to 62 and outgained them 244 to 159.
With seconds left, LQPV needed to run one kneel-down to run out the clock.
This week, the Dogs will host ACGC on Friday night at 7 p.m., looking for their first win in the West Central Conference South.
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