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|Paynesville Press - November 1, 2006|
HL-W-W eliminates Dogs 43-14
The Bulldogs football team, seeded seventh in Section 5AA, lost at second-seeded Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and were eliminated from the section playoffs.|
The Dogs trailed 7-6 after the first quarter but were outscored by the Lakers 36-0 over the second and third quarters as the Lakers (7-3) advanced to the section semifinals, where they lost to ACGC 17-7.
After the Lakers scored first in the first quarter, junior Brett Savelkoul broke free and scooted 58 yards for the Dogs' first touchdown midway thru the first quarter. But the Dogs failed on their point-after kick and trailed 7-6.
"We knew they were going to be good going in," said coach Ted Nett. Their scouting report on HL-W-W was that they were quick and hard-hitting. The Dogs did a good job of plugging holes, added Nett, but the Lakers' runners were quick enough to bounce plays outside, gaining over 300 yards rushing.
The Dogs played with HL-W-W for one quarter, said Nett, and then either the Lakers picked up their intensity or maintained it while the Dogs dropped theirs.
After an exchange of fumbles in the second quarter - with senior Isaac Jones jumping on a HL-W-W fumble for the Dogs - the Lakers capped a short drive to increase their lead to 14-6.
The Dogs ended another Laker drive when senior Brad Torborg recovered a fumble for the Dogs' defense. But, pinned deep in their own territory, the Dogs yielded a quarterback sack on third down for a safety. The Lakers then returned the ensuing kickoff - the first special teams points yielded by the Dogs this year - for another touchdown and a 23-6 halftime lead.
HL-W-W kept the momentum in the third quarter, intercepting a Bulldog pass and returning it for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. The Dogs fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Lakers scored again on a short drive to make the score 36-6.
Their third touchdown of the quarter came after a Bulldogs' punt, making the score 43-6.
Some costly turnovers and big plays added to the Dogs' woes in the second and third quarters, according to Nett.
The Dogs, to end the quarter, drove 50 yards into HL-W-W territory before turning the ball over on downs with senior Nathan Kranz rushing four times for 43 yards on the drive.
Torborg recovered another Laker fumble to give the ball back to the Dogs at the HL-W-W 13-yard line, with Kranz running for 11 yards on two carries for a first down before junior quarterback Ted Hoffman scored the Dogs' second touchdown from two yards out. Kranz ran for the two-point conversion to make the final score 43-14.
The Dogs forced HL-W-W to punt once following this score, and then the Dogs' junior varsity offense punted the ball back to the Lakers before they ran out the clock.
Top-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins, the defending Class AA state champions, will play third-seeded ACGC for the section title on Saturday at SCSU.
The Dogs finished their season with a record of 3-6.
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