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|Paynesville Press - September 24, 2003|
Monte dominates second half in gridiron victory
In their conference opener on Friday in Montevideo, the Paynesville Bulldog football team lost its fourth consecutive game. The Montevideo Thunderhawks defeated the Bulldogs 35-0.|
The first play from scrimmage set the tone for Montevideo, who forced the Bulldogs to punt, and then scored on an 82-yard run on their first offensive play.
The Thunderhawks outgained the Bulldogs 406 yards to 205 yards in the West Central Conference South opener for both teams. The Thunderhawks (1-3 overall) are now 1-0 in the conference, while the Bulldogs (0-4) are 0-1.
On their next possession, which started in the first quarter and ended in the second, the Thunder-hawks drove 70 yards before turning the ball over on downs. They scored another touchdown on a 41-yard pass play on their third possession to take a 14-0 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs had 154 yards of offense in the first half but ran only a dozen offensive plays in the second half, gaining only 51 yards, as the Thunderhawks dominated the ball.
"We did not play bad in the first half, especially the offense which had 101 yards of offense in the first quarter but had no points to show for it because of so many mental errors," said coach Kyle Nehowig.
"The defense really had an awful game, as we could not stop them. We need to play defense with some emotion this week if we expect to stop Benson," added Nehowig.
The Bulldogs forced Montevideo to punt on their first second-half possession - their only punt of the game - but then the Dogs fumbled the ball away. Montevideo scored on a 12-play, 70-yard drive and then recovered the ensuing kickoff and scored again two plays later.
Leading 28-0, the Thunderhawks ran out the clock with a 19-play, 84-yard drive in the fourth quarter, scoring another touchdown to make the final score 35-0. This was the Thunderhawks' only possession of the fourth quarter.
This week, the Bulldogs will play another conference road game at Benson on Friday night, starting at 7:30 p.m. Benson is 3-1 overall and tied with Montevideo and Morris at 1-0 in the West Central South.
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