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Monday, November 6, 2006

Aurelia quarterback Jared Bruce readies to fire a pass while teammates Gabe Fuller (25) and Drew Puhrmann (60) block for the Bulldogs during the 8-player State Football Playoffs in Glidden against the defending state champs, Glidden-Ralston Wednesday night. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Defending state champ G-R derails Aurelia, 49-34

GLIDDEN - The Aurelia Bulldogs ran into a great team and cold weather, which seemed to affect their passing game in the first half, as they dropped a 49-34 opening round 8-player playoff game to the defending State Champion Glidden-Ralston Wildcats here Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs were down by a 7-0 score just 35 seconds into the game, as Glidden-Ralston's Zach Stork reeled off a 62-yard touchdown run. Five minutes later, the Wildcats made it 14-0, but Aurelia came back to notch a score of their own as Gabe Fuller ran it in from four yards out to make it 14-7 after one quarter.

Glidden-Ralston defenders tackle Aurelia's Gabe Fuller during State Football Playoff action against Glidden-Ralston Wednesday night. Photo by Dan Whitney.
G-R's 165-pound Stork scored two more TDs in the second quarter, on runs of 14 and 30 yards, and the host Wildcats held a 28-7 lead at the half.

The Bulldogs came out fired up in the third quarter as brothers Jared and Jacob Bruce connected on two scoring passes, one from 11 yards out and the other a dandy leaping catch by Jacob on a 32-yard pass. The Aurelia defense held the Glidden-Ralston attack in check, and the two teams were at 28-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Stork scored again for G-R, just 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, then quarterback Seth Johnson hit Stork with a 55-yard touchdown pass just a couple of minutes later, making the score 41-21 Wildcats with 9:30 left in he game.

Aurelia's Jacob Bruce carries the ball for a nice gain after catching a pass from his brother Jared in State Football Playoff action against Glidden-Ralston Wednesday night. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The never-say-die Aurelia squad came back again less than two minutes later when Jared Bruce hit brother Jacob with their third touchdown pass of the frigid evening, this time from 37 yards out. The Wildcats came back, though, scoring on Jarret Bock's one-yard run to make it 49-28 with 4:15 remaining.

With 2:49 left in the game, Jacob Bruce made a great catch of a 28-yard pass from quarterback Jared Bruce, in the back corner of the end zone, to match Glidden-Ralston's Stork with his fourth touchdown of the game, That was the final sore of the game, though, and Aurelia's season ended with a 49-34 loss to the defending State Champs.

Jared Bruce completed 21 of 34 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns in the game, and also had two of his passes intercepted. Senior Jacob Bruce caught 14 of his brother's aerials for 277 yards and those four touchdowns, wrapping up a great football career at Aurelia. Gabe Fuller led the Bulldogs' running attack with 44 yards on nine carries, while Mike White had 39 yards on 11 carries.

Mike White of Aurelia eyes an open field for a nice gainer during the Bulldogs' State Football Playoff game against Glidden-Ralston Wednesday night. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The hard-hitting Fuller led the Bulldogs on defense with 23 tackles, and fellow senior, linebacker Ross Fitzgerald, had 15 stops. Phillip Winterhof with 13, Aaron Sennert with 11, White with 10, and Jacob Bruce with 10, also had double-digit totals in tackles for the 'Dogs.

Aurelia coach Myron Radke said that "Glidden-Ralston has a great team,and it was not our night to win."

Radke said this year's Bulldog team was "the most-improved team I've ever coached." Since his coaching career covers 25 years, that's saying quite a lot. He also described the Bulldogs as "over-achievers to the max," and said, "their work ethic and dedication to become winners took them to the playoffs."

The 'Dogs finished the season with an 8-2 mark, and will lose a lot of good players to graduation, including wide receiver/ defensive back Jacob Bruce, running backs/linebackers Mike White and Gabe Fuller, and linemen Andrew Perry, Drew Puhrmann, Ross Fitzgerald, Aaron Sennert, Phillip Winterhof, and Brian Janssen.

Radke concluded his post-game thoughts by saying that "these young people are winners - on and off the field," and he thanked everyone "for being a part of our Aurelia Bulldog football team."

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