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Bulldogs get first victory, 34-20

Friday, September 21, 2007

Aurelia quarterback Jared Bruce readies to launch a pass down field while teammate Steve White prepares to block Elk Horn-Kimballton's Chris Burns during the Bulldogs' big win over the Danes in Aureliaon Sept. 7. Photo by Dan Whitney.
AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs got off to a quick start in their football home opener here against Elk Horn-Kimballton on Friday, scoring on a 26 yard pass from Jared Bruce to his brother Aaron 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

An 18-yard TD pass from Jared Bruce to Alec Ohlson with 2:24 left in the first quarter gave Aurelia a 13-0 lead after one quarter, but the Danes bounced back with two TD runs by Jake Swanson to make the score 13-12. The Bulldogs made the score 20-12 at halftime, as the Bruce boys connected again on an 11-yard TD pass with 4:05 to go.

Alec Ohlson ran one in from two yards out to boost the Bulldog lead to 28 - 12 as the third quarter ended. The Danes' Carson Smith connected with Tyler Jensen for a 35 yard touchdown with 9:06 left in the game, and a successful two point conversion closed the Aurelia lead to 28-20 with plenty of time remaining.

Bulldog junior running back Ohlson, who ran for 140 yards on the night, picked up 55 of those yards on an impressive power sweep, led by Angelo Mikos' blocking. Ohlson sprinted down the sidelines for a touchdown with 6:26 remaining in the game, and that was the final score in the Bulldogs' 34-20 win. The victory evened Aurelia's mark at 1-1 in the young season.

In addition to Ohlson's 140 yards on 21 carries, Jared Bruce also netted 36 yards, Mikos 31, and Steve White 23, as Coach Myron Radke's troops rolled up 230 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Jared Bruce completed 7 of his 10 pass attempts for 141 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Brother Aaron and Ohlson each caught three of Jared's aerials, with Aaron scoring twice and Ohlson once. Anthony Fowler grabbed just one pass, but it was good for 27 yards. The Bulldogs totaled 371 yards in total offense to EH-K's 333. The Danes had 19 first downs to the Bulldogs' 12. Aurelia was whistled for 13 penalties for 130 yards, something coach Radke wlll address in practice this week.

On the defensive side of the ball, five Bulldogs were in double figures in tackles - Aaron Bruce with 14, Steve White with 12, Nick Felten and Angelo Mikos with 11, and Anthony Fowler with 10. Ohlson, with nine, Jason Glienke with eight and Jared Bruce with six followed. Bruce also blocked the extra point attempt following the Danes' first touchdown, and he, Mikos, and Aaron Bruce each knocked a pass down.

The Bulldogs begin District play with a contest at Remsen-Union on Friday.

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