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Paynesville Press - September 29, 2004

Dogs beat LQPV for first gridiron victory

By Michael Jacobson

Dancing in the lockerroom was an appropriate response for the Bulldogs football team, which snapped a 13-game losing streak by beating Lac Qui Parle Valley 12-7 on Friday night.

The road victory was the Dogs' first of the year and ended a winless streak that lasted nearly two years. The Dogs last won in October 2002, beating Morris 34-29 in their final regular season game. They then lost to Albany in the playoffs in 2002, went 0-9 in 2003, and lost their first three games of 2004.

football catch The Dogs (1-3) overcame a 7-0 deficit to win at LQPV, believed to be their first victory at LQPV since 1990.

Senior Mike Mueller caught five passes for 79 yards on Friday.

After a three-and-out opening series for the Bulldogs, LQPV (0-4) blocked Paynesville's first punt and used a 34-yard pass play to take a 7-0 lead. The teams exchanged fumbles and then LQPV fumbled again, one of their four lost fumbles.

Paynesville drove the length of the field and scored on a one-yard run by senior fullback Mike Mueller. They missed the PAT kick, though, and trailed 7-6 at the half.

The Bulldogs took the kickoff to start the second half and drove 68 yards in 11 plays, with junior Jamie Paul scoring on a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Dogs a 12-7 lead. Their attempt at a two-point conversion failed.

The Dogs' defense forced two punts and another fumble in the second half, but the game was not over until LQPV's last drive stalled with incompletions on third and fourth downs.

The Dogs took a knee on the last play of the game to win 12-7.

The Dogs (1-0 in the West Central Conference South) will play at Morris on Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

Paynesville--0 6 60-- 12
LQPV--7 0 00 -- 7

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
LQPV-Jon Hanson 34 pass from Adam Paulson (Hanson kick);
Second Quarter
Pay-Mike Mueller 1 run (kick failed);
Third Quarter
Pay-Jamie Paul 1 run (pass failed);
Fourth Quarter
No scoring.

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs): Aaron Bachman 14-80; Matt Hansen 14-66; Mike Mueller 7-31-1; Jamie Paul 9-17-1; Randy Leyendecker 8-13;
Passing (completions-attempts-yards): Paul 6-11-88; Sean Glenz 0-1-0;
Receiving (receptions-yards): Mueller 5-79; Hansen 1-9;
Kickoffs: Justin Butkofski 3-148;
Kickoff Returns: Alex Naujokas 2-48;
Punts: Butkofski 3-108;
Punt Returns: Naujokas 1-2.

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