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Dogs hit Whiting in "best game"

Thursday, October 12, 2006

48-12 romp keeps Aurelia in football playoff hunt

By Dan Whitney

Staff Writer

AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs, playing what Coach Myron Radke called "by far the best game of the season by the entire team," rolled over the Whiting Warriors here Thursday night, 48-12, in a key District 3 matchup.

Most people expected a much closer game between the teams, both of whom had one District loss and identical 4-1 records entering the game.

No, this is not one of Bulldog Gabe Fuller's booming kicks splitting the uprights - it's the Harvest moon at Thursday night's game. Photo by Dan Whitney. [Click to enlarge]
Aurelia, however, got off to a quick start, with Gabe Fuller and Mike White scoring first quarter touchdowns. Three second-quarter touchdowns, capped off by Jacob Bruce's 78-yard kick-off return with 59 seconds left in the half, gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 34-6 lead at the half.

Seventeen seconds into the second half, the fleet senior tailback, White, scampered 49 yards for another score, increasing the 'Dogs' lead to 41-6.

Jacob Bruce, Bulldog wide receiver/kick returner/defensive back. Photo by Dan Whitney.
In the fourth quarter, sophomore Aaron Bruce ran for a six-yard touchdown, becoming the third son of Darin and Angie Bruce to score a touchdown in the game. Aaron played more than he has been and made the most of it. He caught an 18-yard pass from his brother Jared in the first half, and in the second half scored on a run while playing quarterback, punted once for 32 yards, and booted a 50-yard kick-off.

White led the Bulldogs in rushing with 134 yards in 16 carries, and scored three touchdowns, including that 49-yard jaunt in the third quarter. The Bulldogs totaled 262 yards on the ground, and quarterback Jared Bruce threw just eight passes, completing four, for another 58 yards.

None of his aerials were intercepted, but he picked off one of Whiting quarterback Drew Hanson's 12 attempts, and his brother Jacob intercepted two more, giving them more receptions of Whiting passes than any of the Warriors, who caught a total of two. The Warriors had 228 yards in total offense- 168 rushing and 60 passing.

Gabe Fuller netted 48 rushing yards for Aurelia, and also led the Bulldog defense with 12 tackles, and had a "multitude of good blocks for White," in coach Radke's words. Ross Fitzgerald had 10 tackles, Andrew Perry eight, and Anthony Fowler six for the Bulldog "D."

Bulldogs' Angelo Mikos hauls in a pass against the Whiting Warriors. Photo by Dan Whitney,
Radke said the offensive line of Drew Puhrmann, Fitzgerald, and Angelo Mikos played their "best game to date," and credited defensive coordinator Grant Peckenschneider and offensive coordinator Jim Demers with calling an "almost perfect game."

The Bulldogs now have an overall record of 5-1, and are 3-1 in district play. They return to the "normal" Friday night schedule next week, taking on Ruthven-Ayrshire in a road game. They then play a non-district contest at East Greene before returning home to close the regular season against Harris-Lake Park on October 27.

The Bulldogs are in a position to go to the state playoffs along with fellow District 3 team, undefeated Remsen St. Mary's, if they win their remaining games.

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