COON RAPIDS - The Aurelia Bulldogs trailed 20-6 at one point in the second quarter of their season-opening football game here on Friday. They tied it at 10:16 of the third quarter, and again two minutes later. The 'Dogs finally took their first lead at 32-26, but fatigue set in, and Coon Rapids-Bayard scored the game's final 21 points to win the non-district contest, 47-32.
Aurelia's senior quarterback Jared Bruce was all over the place. He averaged nearly 10 yards per carry on 16 rushing attempts, and scored three times. He completed 10 passes for 97 yards and two more touchdowns, punted for a 36-yard average, kicked off six times, and returned two punts.
As a team, the 'Dogs averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt and held the Crusaders to 144 yards on the ground. What really hurt, said Bulldog coach Myron Radke, was the CR-B passing attack, which completed 20 of 27 passes for 209 yards.
The Bulldog aerial attack suffered with three passes dropped and another pair intercepted. Coon Rapids-Bayard had eight penalties and Aurelia nine, some aggressive, which is okay, said Radke. Other penalties, however, he classified as "dumb," which is NOT okay.
Bulldog defensive backs Bruce, Steve White, and Jacob Howey accounted for 20 tackles, which, said the veteran coach, "is too many" for a backfield.
Bulldog defensive linemaen Anthony Fowler and Aaron Bruce did a good job "most of the time," said Radke.
Coon Rapids-Bayard had 353 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs' 331. Bruce had 154 yards rushing, 77 of it on a fake punt for a touchdown in the third quarter. White ran 16 times for 68 yards. Fowler, Aaron Bruce, and Angelo Mikos snared three pass receptions apiece, with Bruce and Fowler scoring touchdowns.
The 'Dogs host Elk Horn-Kimballton Friday night in non-district 8-player action. These two teams have hooked up for close, exciting games the last two seasons - including the memorable game at Aurelia two years ago where the 'Dogs scored three touchdowns in less than 30 seconds.