Football team loses to Dutchmen 29-0

This article submitted by Jesse Spates on 9/24/96.

The Paynesville football team traveled to Melrose last Friday to play a conference game against the Dutchmen. On a night that the weather could have been much worse with the conditions, the Bulldogs knew they had to win to get something going, but what they did not know was that this was not their night.

The Bulldogs drove three times in the first half but could not convert any of those drives into touchdowns. Near the end of the first half the Bulldog defense came up on another great goal line stance. They stopped the Dutchmen at the four-yard line. The Bulldogs went into halftime tied at 0-0.

The second half was much more offense-oriented. The Dutchmen came out and after the third quarter had a lead of 14-0. In the fourth quarter, the Dutchmen kept passing, as they had all night, and scored two more touchdowns before the night was over. The Bulldog offense just could not get anything going the whole night. The game ended with a score of 29-0.

Paynesville 0 0 0 0Ė0
Melrose 0 0 14 15Ė29

Individual statistics
Rushing (att-yds-TDs):

Michaelis 11-44-0; Wensmann 8-27; Aagesen 9-47-0; Spates 7- -24-0;
Receiving (rec-yds-TDs):
Mages 3-79-0;
Passing (comps-att-yds-TDs-ints):
Spates 2-9-67-0-2; Bruntlett 1-1-12-0-0; Mages 0-1-0-0-0;
Punting (att-yds-avg):
Mages 4-129-32.2;
Punt returns (att-yds-avg):
Wensmann 1- -2;
Kicking (att-yds-avg):
Mages 1-40-40;
Interceptions:
none;
Sacks:
Mages 1; Skrypek 1.


Team statistics Pay Mel

Total yards 273 442
Scrimmage yards 194 323
Return yards 79 119
RushesĖYards 37-115 38-123
Avg/carry 3.1 3.2
CompletionsĖAttempts 3-9 7-11
Passing yards 79 200
Avg/attempt 8.8 18.2
Total first downs 8 11
PuntsĖAvg yards 4-32.2 2-27.5
ReturnsĖAvg yards 1- -2 4-10.2
KickoffsĖAvg yards 1-40 5-43.6
ReturnsĖAvg yards 5-16.2 1-31.0
PenaltiesĖYards 6-44 3-28
FumblesĖLost 3-0 0-0
Passes intercepted 0 2

Conference standings overall

Albany 2-0 4-0
Melrose 2-1 2-2
Litchfield 2-1 3-1
LPGE 1-1 3-1
Paynesville 1-2 1-3
Sauk Centre 1-2 1-3
Cathedral 0-2 0-4

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