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Paynesville Press - October 1, 2003

Benson keeps Bulldogs winless with 13-6 victory

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Bulldogs football team suffered their fifth consecutive defeat at Benson on Friday night, losing 13-6 to the Braves.

The Braves (4-1 overall and 2-0 in the West Central Conference South) held the Bulldogs to just 13 yards of offense in the first quarter and 83 yards in the first half.

Benson took a 7-0 lead on a 19-yard touchdown run by John Wittenberg towards the end of the first quarter.

Paynesville - after going three-and-out on two first-quarter possessions - finally got their first first down in the second quarter. The Bulldogs had their best drive of the first half late in the second quarter, as sophomore quarterback Sean Glenz (starting in place of injured Jamie Paul) completed a 16-yard pass to senior Doug Mages on fourth down and then a 21-yard pass to Mages for another first down.

Neither team scored during the second or third quarters, and Benson took a 13-0 lead with another touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Paynesville rallied, with the Dogs' offense relying on the pass. The Dogs scored their only touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Glenz to Mages, completing a 53-yard drive that included eight pass attempts and only one run. Glenz completed four of eight passes on the drive.

For the game, he completed nine of 19 passes for 134 yards. He threw one touchdown and had two passes intercepted.

Mages led the Bulldogs' receivers by catching five passes for 81 yards, including their only touchdown. He also intercepted a Benson pass.

Benson outrushed Paynesville 198 yards to 60 yards. The Bulldogs actually gained more yards through passing (134 yards) than rushing.

"We played the best defense we have all season, and offensively we played well in the second half," said head coach Kyle Nehowig. "Sean Glenz did a good job at quarterback, as he threw for over 100 yards."

"The defense had their hardest hitting game of the season, too," added Nehowig.

The Bulldogs (0-5 overall and 0-2 in conference) have just 30 varsity players in all and have been hampered by injuries.

This week, the Bulldogs will host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. This is Paynesville's Homecoming game.

Paynesville--0 0 06-- 6
Benson--7 0 06 -- 13

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
Ben-John Wittenberg 19 run (Joey Fragodt kick);
Second Quarter
No scoring.
Third Quarter
No scoring.
Fourth Quarter
Ben-Eric Loen 11 run (kick blocked);
Pay-Doug Mages 25 yard pass from Sean Glenz (pass failed).

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards): Aaron Bachman 11-24; Mike Mueller 6-23; Randy Leyendecker 8-18; Sean Glenz 2-(-5);
Passing (completions-attempts-yards-TDs-INTs): Glenz 9-19-134-1-2;
Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs): Doug Mages 5-81-1; Leyendecker 2-33; Mueller 1-15; Bachman 1-5;
Interceptions: Mages;
Punts: Doug Mages 4-116;
Kickoffs: Justin Butkofski 2-66;
Kickoff returns: Mueller 2-29.

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