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|Paynesville Press - October 17, 2001|
Lac Qui Parle downs the Bulldogs, 14-7
The Paynesville Bulldogs football team continued to struggle as they were beaten by the Lac Qui Parle Valley Eagles on Friday by a score of 14-7. |
The Bulldogs played well for one quarter and then completely fell apart, as penalties and turnovers took them out of the game in the second half.
The first quarter started out just the way the Bulldogs wanted as they dominated play on both sides of the ball for the entire quarter. On their second possession of the game, the Bulldogs scored on a 22-yard run by fullback Adam Schaefer. With the extra point kick by Josh Kampsen the Bulldogs led by a score of 7-0.
The Bulldogs' defense held the Eagles to just five yards in the first quarter while the Paynesville offense rushed for 103 yards during the quarter. The problem was the Bulldogs offense could not put the ball in the end zone. The first quarter ended with the score 7-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The second quarter saw the game completely reverse as LQPV completely dominated play on both sides of the ball. The Eagles scored two touchdowns in the quarter on drives that both started in the Paynesville end of the field. This gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead going into halftime.
The Bulldog offense came to a standstill in the second quarter, as they could only manage 47 yards of total offense for the quarter.
Neither team was able to score in the second half as both offenses sputtered after halftime. The Paynesville offense just could not eliminate their mistakes and get into the end zone. The Bulldogs were deep in the Eagles' end of the field three times in the second half and came away with zero points each time.
The Bulldogs' defense kept the Eagles' offense from scoring in the second half, which kept the Bulldogs in the game, but the Paynesville offense could not put the ball in the end zone. The final score ended with the Eagles on top 14-7.
This was the second consecutive loss for the Bulldogs, which takes them out of the conference race. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 in the West Central Conference South and 4-3 overall.
The Bulldogs will face the undefeated LPGE Thunder on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Long Prairie at 7:30 p.m. in their last regular season game.
The loss also leaves the Bulldogs as the fifth seed for the section playoffs. Most likely, the Bulldogs will travel either to Melrose or Staples-Motley for their first round section game on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
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