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|Paynesville Press - October 10, 2001|
Late touchdown beats the Dogs, 34-33
The Paynesville Bulldogs football team traveled to Montevideo on Friday to take on the Warhawks. The Bulldogs came up a point short as they lost 34-33 to Montevideo.|
The Warhawks rallied to win by scoring 28 points in the second half. The Bulldogs led 21-6 after scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter, but could not hold on to the lead.
Montevideo's Aaron Enger caught a touchdown pass in the final minute to give the Warhawks the victory.
Paynesville started out rather sluggish in the first quarter and fell behind after the Warhawks scored on a 52-yard run at the end of the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs came to life in the second quarter as they scored three times. They started out the scoring with a 13-yard run by quarterback Chris Fuchs and the extra point kick by Josh Kampsen to take the lead 7-6. The Bulldogs' offense then scored again two minutes later on a 54-yard run by Kevin Mehr, who would rush for 200 yards on the night.
The Bulldogs' offense was now in high gear as they piled up the yards on the ground. With juniors Mehr and Milan Virant doing most of the damage, the Bulldogs punched in another touchdown with only 26 seconds left in the half. Virant's one-yard touchdown plunge was set up by a 30-yard burst by Mehr, and the Bulldogs took a 21-6 lead into halftime.
The second half did not start out well for Paynesville as Montevideo pushed the Bulldogs' defense all over the field and scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the score at 21-21.
The Bulldogs managed a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the quarter when Virant scored from eight yards out, and the Bulldogs led 27-21 when they missed the extra point kick.
The fourth quarter did not get any better for the Bulldogs' defense, as they could not find a way to stop the Montevideo offense. The Bulldogs gave up a touchdown on a 10-yard pass play with five minutes left in the game. With the extra point, Montevideo took its first lead since the opening quarter at 28-27.
The Bulldogs came back and scored with the help of a 56-yard run by Mehr. Virant scored his third touchdown on a four-yard run and the Bulldogs retook the lead at 33-28 with less than three minutes left in the game.
A two-point conversion try came up short for the Bulldogs, and Paynesville relied on their defense to preserve the win.
Montevideo converted two fourth down plays to keep their final drive alive and scored on a seven-yard pass with under a minute to play to retake the lead. The Bulldogs blocked the extra point, but the final score was still 34-33 in favor of Montevideo.
The Bulldogs tried to make another comeback but their drive ended when Fuchs' pass was intercepted on the Montevideo 40-yard line.
The Bulldogs offense had another great game with 456 yards of total offense. Mehr led the way with 200 yards rushing, followed by Milan Virant with 100 yards.
As good as the offense has been playing, the defense is playing their worst football of the year and need to get back on track if they hope to get back in the win column.
The Bulldogs will travel to Lac qui Parle Valley to take on the Eagles on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs desperately need a win to stay in the hunt for a conference championship.
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