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|Paynesville Press - October 6, 2004|
Morris passes its way past Paynesville, 42-14
The Morris Tigers passed for 268 yards and scored six touchdowns in beating the Bulldogs in football on Friday night 42-14.|
The Tigers outgained the Dogs 409 yards to 215 yards and, after taking a 22-8 lead in the first half, scored three touchdowns in the second half to win the conference game in Morris. Both teams are now 1-1 in the West Central Conference South.
After the teams exchanged punts in the first quarter, Morris drove 67 yards in 14 plays and opened the scoring on a five-yard touchdown run. After the Bulldogs went three plays and out, Morris scored again, capping a seven-play, 55-yard drive to take a 15-0 lead.
After another exchange of punts, the Bulldogs' offense drove 68 yards in 13 plays to score their lone touchdown of the first half. Key plays in the drive were a 12-yard run by junior quarterback Jamie Paul on third-and-long, followed by a three-yard run by junior tailback Aaron Bachman on fourth-and-one; a 15-yard completion to junior end Sean Glenz from Paul; and a 26-yard scamper by Paul, down to the Tigers' six-yard line.
Paul hit Bachman with a six-yard touchdown pass and connected with Bachman again for the two-point conversion, bringing Paynesville within a touchdown at 15-8.
But Morris responded before the half, driving 55 yards in four plays. Morris quarterback Taylor Witt completed four straight passes on the drive, including a nine-yard touchdown throw, making the score 22-8 at halftime.
Paynesville went three-and-out on their first two possessions of the second half, and Morris drove 68 yards in nine plays on their second possession, scoring another touchdown to make the score 28-8. Paynesville's defense stopped Morris on three straight plays from the one-yard line before the Tigers finally punched the ball into the end zone on fourth down.
Morris scored on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter, building a 42-8 lead before the Dogs scored on their final possession. Sophomore Alex Naujokas broke loose and scored on a 540-yard run to end the scoring and make the final 42-14.
The Dogs (1-4) will play their second home game on Friday when they host another pass-happy team, Montevideo, at 7 p.m.
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