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Paynesville Press - November 3, 2004

ACGC clings to 15-8 playoff win over Dogs

By Michael Jacobson

The ACGC Falcons scored two first-half touchdowns and clinged to a 15-8 football victory over the Paynesville Bulldogs in the section quarterfinals last week.

The Falcons, seeded second in Section 5AA, scored on their opening possession of the game on a 47-yard run and then added another touchdown late in the second quarter to take a 15-0 lead in Grove City on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

The Dogs, who had driven into ACGC territory twice in the first half only to turn the ball over on downs, finally capitalized on their last possession of the first half. They drove 47 yards in nine plays following ACGC's second score, and junior halfback Aaron Bachman caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jamie Paul on the last play of the first half. Paul hit junior Aaron Braun for the two-point conversion, making the score 15-8 and bringing the Dogs within a touchdown.

leyendecker But neither team scored in the second half. Both teams kept the ball on the ground in the second half (combining for four pass attempts and two passing yards in the half after combining for 17 pass attempts in the first half).

Sophomore Randy Leyendecker led the Dogs' offense against ACGC last week, rushing for 125 yards in the Dogs' 15-8 loss.

With the clock constantly running, the Dogs had only three possessions in the second half. Holding penalties forced the Dogs to punt twice in the half, though sophomore halfback Randy Leyendecker gained 19 yards on third-and-20 in the fourth quarter.

Leyendecker led the Dogs' offense by rushing for 125 yards.

The Dogs had only three first downs in the second half, all on one drive that ended in a punt.

ACGC received the second-half kickoff and had four possessions in the second half. With eight first downs in the half, the Falcons controlled the ball for 31 plays, while allowing the Dogs to run only 16 plays in the second half.

The loss ended the Dogs' season. The Dogs finished with a record of 2-7 overall and 2-3 in the West Central Conference South. ACGC improved to 7-2 and advanced to play third-seeded Holdingford in the Section 5AA semifinals. Top-seeded Eden Valley-Watkins also advanced to the section semifinals against fourth-seeded Maple Lake.

Paynesville--0 8 00-- 8
ACGC--7 8 00 -- 15

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
ACGC-Ryan Walsh 47 run (Josh Cunningham kick);
Second Quarter
ACGC-Nic Leither 1 run (Dominic Hopp pass from Lucas Pickle);
Pay-Aaron Bachman 7 pass from Jamie Paul (Aaron Braun pass from Paul);
Third Quarter
No scoring;
Fourth Quarter
No scoring.

Individual Statistics
Rushing (attempts-yards): Randy Leyendecker 17-125; Mike Mueller 10-62; Aaron Bachman 4-13; Matt Hansen 7-13; Jamie Paul 2-(-4);
Passing (completions-attempts-yards-TDs): Paul 5-10-28-1; Sean Glenz 0-1;
Receiving (receptions-yards-TDs): Hansen 2-13; Leyendecker 2-5; Bachman 1-7-1; Aaron Braun 1-3;
Interceptions: Hansen.

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