Aurelia's Jared Bruce takes the snap as Mike White (21) and Gabe Fuller (25) prepare to go into action. Photo by Dan Whitney
REMSEN- The undefeated Aurelia Bulldogs met the undefeated Remsen St. Mary's Hawks in a very important District 3 eight-man football game here on Friday, and when all was said and done, Mike Green's Hawks came out on top, 52-34. St. Mary's got off to a quick start, holding a 22-6 lead after one quarter, and then increasing that to 30-6 with 9:03 remaining in the first half. Aurelia's Jared Bruce connected on touchdown passes to his brother Jacob (57 yards) and Angelo Mikos (16 yards) in the second quarter, but two touchdowns by St. Mary's Joe Klein kept the margin at 16 points at the half, Remsen holding a 36-20 lead.
The teams traded touchdowns again in the third and fourth quarters, so the final margin ended up at 18 points.
Coach Radke feels his team gave a "phenomenal effort and left it all on the field." He said the Bulldogs have never played harder, and "got beat by an awfully good football team."
Aurelia's Gabe Fuller on his 64-yard first quarter touchdown run. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Gabe Fuller was all over the field for the Bulldogs. He led the team defensively with 22 tackles, rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries, scoring two touchdowns, including a 64-yard jaunt for a irst quarter touchdown, punted three times for a 36.6 average and boomed his kickoffs, including one which split the uprights. Quarterback Jared Bruce completed eight of 15 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns and had one pass intercepted. His brother Jacob caught seven passes for 202 yards and two of the touchdowns. Angelo Mikos had the other reception, a 16-yarder for a touchdown.
Andrew Perry had 11 tackles, Mike White and Jacob Bruce nine each, and Mikos eight.
RSM had 16 first downs to the Bulldogs' eight. Total offense yardage figures showed 311 yards for the Hawks and 310 for the Bulldogs. Aurelia lost four fumbles to the Hawks, and the final penalty figures showed six penalties for 57 yards by the Bulldogs, and eight for 61 yards by the Hawks.
There's no time for the Bulldogs to lick their wounds, though - the team has a short week, as this week's home game against Whiting is on THURSDAY, rather than the traditional Friday. The Warriors, like the Bulldogs, have only one loss in the District (both teams' loss at the hands of St. Mary's), and Thursday night's game is indeed a "must win" contest , with any hope of a playoff berth riding on the outcome.