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Monday, September 18, 2006

AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs entertained District foe Remsen Union here Friday night in a homecoming game full of thunder and lightning- both on and off the field. The 'Dogs fumbled early, and Remsen Union's Craig Ahlers scored on a six yard run. He followed that with a PAT run, and the Rockets had an 8-0 lead with less than two minutes gone in the game. With 4:21 left in that first stanza, Aurelia QB Jared Bruce connected on a 52-yard pass play to his brother Jacob, putting the Bulldogs on the board. The PAT failed, so R-U still held the lead, 8 -6. With just 19 seconds left in the quarter, Jared Bruce ran the ball in from the three yard line, then hooked up with Sophomore Alec Ohlson for the two-point conversion, allowing Aurelia to take a 14-8 lead into the second quarter.

Aurelia's Gabe Fuller boots a 30 yard field goal. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Aurelia's Gabe Fuller booted a 30-yard field goal with 5:31 left in quarter number two to make it 17-8, Bulldogs. With less than three minutes left in the half, R-U's Ahlers scored another TD, from 10 yards out, and a two-point conversion cut the 'Dogs lead to 17-16... for a few seconds, anyway. Aurelia's Jacob Bruce returned the Rockets' kickoff all the way, going 67 yards for a touchdown. Fuller kicked the extra point, and the Bulldogs went to the locker room with a 24-16 lead.

Aurelia's Jacob Bruce on his 67-yard kickoff return TD. Photo by Dan Whitney
Aurelia's Mike White scored the game's next touchdown with a 70- yard jaunt from scrimmage, with 4:13 left in the third quarter. The PAT kick failed, and it was 30-16, Bulldogs... for a little while. Less than one minute after White's touchdown, Remsen Union's Swalve scored on a 60 yard run himself, to cut the lead to 30-22. Fuller scored on a four yard run with 11:21 left in, and the Bulldogs held a 36-22 lead when the rain and lightning started, causing a brief interruption, as people headed for shelter in the school or in their vehicles. When play resumed, Aurelia added another score on an eight yard pass from Jared Bruce to Angelo Mikos. Jared then connected with brother Jacob for the PAT, and the 'Dogs 44-22 lead held up for a victory.

The two teams played a pretty even game statistically. Aurelia had 13 first downs to Remsen Union's 14, and 314 total yards of offense from scrimmage to the Rockets' 327. Remsen-Union's offense was less balanced than the Bulldogs, as Aurelia had 153 rushing yards on 41 attempts, and 161 passing yards on 12-19 passing. Remsen Union had just 28 yards passing on 4 completions in 13 attempts. Aurelia picked off one of the R-U passes. Remsen-Union had 299 yards rushing on 52 attempts - Ahlers rushed 27 times for 129 yards, and quarterback Danny Swalve ran 16 times for 126 yards

Mike White rushed 20 times for the Bulldogs, gaining 124 yards, Jared Bruce completed 12 of 19 passes for 161 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Fuller had six catches, Jacob Bruce three, Angelo Mikos two and White one.

The Bulldog defense was led by the hard hitting Fuller with 18 tackles, while Andrew Perry had 15, Mike White 13, and Ross Fitzgerald 11. Jacob Bruce had seven tackles and a pass interception.

Perry was the Homecoming King this year at Aurelia, and he and fellow candidates Jacob Bruce, Mike White, and Drew Puhrmann (seven tackles) all had pretty decent nights.

Aurelia coach Myron Radke was very pleased with his team's performance. He said the team came out "ready to play hard from the start," and felt that "overall, that's as good a football game as we've ever played at Aurelia."

Coach Radke also said that this game "has got to do a lot for our kids, showing them they can play with the best of 'em. It should help us out for the tough games we have ahead of us."

Aurelia is now 3-0 for the season, and 1-0 in District Three play. They travel to Alton next week, playing District opponent Spalding Catholic, 0-3.

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