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Paynesville Press - October 6, 2004

Morris passes its way past Paynesville, 42-14

By Michael Jacobson

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.

Paynesville--0 8 06-- 14
Morris--7 15 614 -- 42

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
Mor-Andy Lembcke 5 run (Zach Schaefer kick);
Second Quarter
Mor-Jim Lembcke 8 run (Jim Lembcke pass from Chase Rambow);
Pay-Aaron Bachman 6 pass from Jamie Paul (Bachman pass from Paul);
Mor-Rambow 9 pass from Taylor Witt (Schaefer kick);
Third Quarter
Mor-Jim Lembcke 1 run (pass failed);
Fourth Quarter
Mor-Dan Hodgson 12 run (Schaefer kick);
Mor-Josh Griffith 9 pass from Rambow (Schaefer kick);
Pay-Alex Naujokas 54 run (pass failed).

Individual ResultsIndividual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards-TDs): Alex Naujokas 1-54-1; Jamie Paul 5-36; Mike Mueller 6-36; Randy Leyendecker 13-28; Aaron Bachman 6-19; Keith Klein 2-11; Matt Hansen 2-3; Oliver Johnson 1-0; Max Lahr 1-(-2);
Passing (completions-attempts-yards-Ints-TDs): Paul 5-10-30-1-1;
Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs): Sean Glenz 1-15; Bachman 2-9-1; Leyendecker 2-6;
Kick Returns (attempts-yards): Hansen 5-137; Naujokas 1-35;
Punt Returns (attempts-yards): Naujokas 1-10.

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