Football team beats LPGE Thunder 41-20

This article submitted by Jesse Spates on 9/10/96.

A hard loss to St. Michael-Albertville last week and a long week of conditioning brought the the Bulldogs back strong. They showed their conditioning was not a factor in their 41-20 win over the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder Friday.

The Bulldogs started out strong, stopping the Thunder offense on the first set of downs with Casey Meagherís interception. The Bulldogs did not turn this into a touchdown. The Bulldogs fumbled on the next play and gave the Thunder the ball at their 46-yard line.

The defense held again, forcing LPGE to punt immediately. The Bulldogs then drove the ball from their 25-yard line. Six plays later, the Bulldogs scored their first touchdown, and converted the extra point on the next play. The Bulldog defense held the Thunder out of the end zone for the entire first half. Paynesville intercepted the ball two more times in the second quarter.

From the first drive, the Bulldog offense kept pushing. They ended the half with four touchdowns. After the first half the score was 28-0. The Bulldogs, reminded by last weekís loss - they gave up a 18-0 lead in the second half and ended up losing by 4 points - decided that was not going to happen again.

All the players felt good entering the second half. They felt that they could go as hard as they had in the first half. On the Bulldogís first drive, penalties and a fumble gave the ball to the Thunder.

Last weekís loss flashed before Bulldog eyes, but Paynesville proved that that wasn't going to happen. The defense stopped the Thunder drive on the 10-yard line with another Meagher interception.

The Bulldogs took the opportunity and drove the ball 87 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 34-0. The Thunder came back and scored on their next drive with a 46-yard touchdown pass.

The Thunder offense stalled on their next drive and the Bulldog defense scored their last touchdown. Chris Dombrovski caused a fumble. Darren Michaelis pi
cked it up and trotted into the end zone.

During most of the fourth quarter the starters were pulled and the JV took over. During that period, the Thunder scored two touchdowns and brought the final score to 41-20.

The Bulldogs next game will be at home against number 10-rated Litchfield on Friday, Sept. 13.

Paynesville 14 14 6 7 Ė 41
LPGE 0 0 0 20Ė2 0

Individual statistics
Rushing (att-yds-TDs):

Michaelis 11-121-2; Aageson 12-78-0; Wensmann 10-67-1; Hemmesch 2-1-0; Elmhorst 4-9-0;
Receiving (rec-yds-TDs):
Mages 2-33-0; Dombrovski 2-51-0;
Passing (comps-att-yds-TDs-ints):
Hemmesch 3-6-65-0-0; Michaelis 1-1-19-0-0;
Punting (att-yds-avg):
Mages 4-153-38.3;
Punt returns (att-yds-avg):
Stanger 1-0-0;
Kicking (att-yds-avg):
Mages 5-198-39.6; Looman 2-81-40.5;
Interceptions:
Meagher 2; Spates 1; Michaelis 1;
Sacks:
Wensmann 1; Hiltner 1.

Team statistics Pay Opp
Total yards 498 313
Scrimmage yards 383 222
Return yards 115 91
RushesĖYards 46-299 38-38
Avg/carry 6.2 1.0
CompletionsĖAttempts 4-7 11-21
Passing yards 84 184
Avg/attempt 12.0 8.8
Total first downs 14 8
PuntsĖAve yards 4-38.3 5-22.6
ReturnsĖAvg yards 1-0 3-1.5
KickoffsĖAvg yards 7-37.8 3-44
ReturnsĖAvg yards 3-19 7-12.6
PenaltiesĖYards 10-98 4-30
FumblesĖLost 4-3 3-1
Passes intercepted 0 4

Conference standings overall
Albany 1-0 2-0
Paynesville 1-0 1-1
Sauk Centre 1-0 1-1
Cathedral 0-0 0-2
Litchfield 0-1 1-1
LPGE 0-1 1-1
Melrose 0-1 0-2

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