It was not, however, by any means as close a game as those statistics would lead one to believe. The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, taking a 26-0 lead at the first quarter break, and extending their lead to 39-0 at the half.
Coach Myron Radke used his second team defense liberally after the quick start, and after a scoreless third quarter, Spalding scored twice early in the fourth quarter. Aurelia's Jacob Bruce returned their second kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, though, putting the 'Dogs lead at 46-14. Granville Spalding finished the high-scoring game with a 54-yard touchdown pass with 5:04 left in the game, and the final score read Aurelia 46 Granville Spalding 20.
The Bulldogs now sport a perfect 4-0 season mark (2-0 in the District) as they head into a big showdown with the undefeated Remsen St. Mary's squad at Remsen Friday night in the District showdown of the season.
Aurelia ran 35 plays on the ground for 144 yards, and only passed five times. Quarterback Jared Bruce was 2-4 passing for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Both completions were to his brother Jacob, one for a 33 yard touchdown , and the other for a 45-yard score.
Spalding gained 110 yards on the ground and 122 through the air.
Mike White rushed 16 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns for the 'Dogs, while Gabe Fuller ran 12 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns of his own. Fuller paced the defense with 17 tackles, and Ross Fitzgerald and Andrew Perry each had 14 stops for the 'Dogs.
The Bulldogs travel to Remsen Friday night for a huge District match-up against Remsen St. Mary's, which is also undefeated. The Hawks beat city rival Remsen-Union on Friday.
At this point, barring unforeseen circumstances, the winner of Friday night's matchup will likely represent the District in the playoffs.
Before that can happen, though, Coach Radke's Bulldogs must face the very dangerous St. Mary's team, and then a tough Whiting team at Aurelia the following Thursday.