GRAND JUNCTION - The Aurelia Bulldogs won one of those "not as close as the score" games at East Greene (Grand Junction) Friday night.
Coach Myron Radke's Bulldogs had a 35-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, as senior receiver Jacob Bruce caught three of his brother Jared's passes for touchdowns, Gabe Fuller scored on a 31-yard run, and Mike White returned a punt for 43 yards and a TD.
East Greene got on the scoreboard at the start of the second quarter on a 14-yard pass, then Fuller and White each scored rushing touchdowns, making it 48-6, Bulldogs.
East Greene closed the high-scoring first half with a 40-yard touchdown pass, making the halftime score Aurelia 48, East Greene 12.
Jacob Bruce scored his fourth touchdown of the game in the third quarter on a 33-yard interception return. Bruce had three interceptions in the game, and Coach Radke said Bruce "was everywhere." Bruce has six interceptions this season..
East Greene scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as Aurelia substituted liberally. Coach Radke was pleased that "everyone got playing time" for the 'Dogs.
Jacob Bruce had four receptions for 94 yards and three touchdowns, Mike White carried the ball nine times for 85 yards and a touchdown, Gabe Fuller ran the ball six times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Jared Bruce completed four of eight pass attempts for 94 yards and three touchdowns.
Coach Radke said the offensive line of Andrew Perry, Ross Fitzgerald, and Drew Puhrmann "did a super job," and that defensive ends Anthony Fowler and Angelo Mikos also "did a super job containing the outside plays."
Andrew Perry led the Bulldog tacklers with nine, Nick Felton had seven, Puhrmann and Fitzgerald six ech, and Fuller, Fowler, White, and Nick Sievers five each.
Aurelia closes its regular season Friday night at home against district opponent Harris-Lake Park. The 7-1 Bulldogs have qualified for the 8-man state playoffs, but will not know their opponent for sure until after the Friday night games.
Iowa Playoff games for all classes begin on Wednesday night, Nov. 1.