ELK HORN - The Aurelia Bulldogs had to come from behind to win their second game of the season here Friday night in non-district action.
The 'Dogs were down 6-0 after one quarter, and 13-6 at half-time against the host Danes. An eight-yard touchdown jaunt by Mike White and two-point conversion on a pass from Jared to Jacob Bruce put the 'Dogs in the lead for the first time, 14-13, with 1:16 left in the third quarter.
Jared Bruce scored on a one-yard run to increase the Bulldogs' lead to 20-13 with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter, but the PAT kick failed, and EH-K came right back, scoring on a 65-yard run by Archibald. They converted on a two-point conversion pass, and led the Bulldogs, 21-20, with 7:49 left in the game.
Senior tailback White came through with his second touchdown of the game for the Bulldogs with 4:11 left, scoring from 13 yards out. The 'Dogs scored the PAT on a run, and went home with a hard-earned 28-21 victory.
Both teams featured the running game, with Aurelia gaining 248 yards on 47 attempts, and the Danes netting 223 yards on 34 attempts. Sophomore Alec Ohlson led a balanced Bulldog rushing attack with 79 yards on 14 rushing attempts, while Gabe Fuller had 72 yards, White 56, and quarterback Jared Bruce 41. Bruce was 5-11 passing for 43 yards, and two interceptions. Elk Horn-Kimballton completed 4-11 passes for 13 net yards.
Aurelia had 16 first downs to EH-K's five, and the 'Dogs outgained the Danes, 291 yards - 236 yards.
Andrew Perry paced the Bulldog defense with 13 tackles, while Steve White had 12, Ross Fitzgerald nine and Mike White eight.
Coach Myron Radke said his team just didn't play well in the first half, and deserved to be behind at that point. However, after making some adjustments at half-time- including an attitude adjustment - he was very proud of the team's effort in the second half. One positive outcome for the team, feels Radke, is that they now know they have the ability and mental toughness to come from behind.
Things won't get a lot easier for the Bulldogs Friday, as they entertain their first district foe of the season, Remsen Union, at their Homecoming game. Remsen-Union will be coming into the game off a 21-14 loss to defending state champion Glidden-Ralston Friday, and Coach Radke feels R-U is a "very formidable foe with a lot of good football players."
Though he hates to put so much emphasis on the first district game of the season, Radke feels that - for both teams - Friday's game may give a good indication of whether or not they will "be in the hunt" for the district championship and/or playoff berth this season.