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Bulldogs lose tight opener, 40-38

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Aurelia's Cameron Meyer tosses the ball to an official, while another official signals "touchdown" in the Bulldogs' season-opener against Graettinger-Terril in Aurelia on Aug. 29. Photo by Dan Whitney
AURELIA - The Aurelia Bulldogs faced a tough opponent in their season-opening football contest here on August 29, and the lead changed hands several times in an exciting contest.

Graettinger-Terril, playing their first-ever game in 8-player competition, led by a 26-14 score at the half, before Coach Myron Radke's Bulldogs came back to tie it at 26 heading into the fourth quarter. Both teams scored two touchdowns in the final stanza, but the difference turned out to be a failed PAT pass on the 'Dogs' final TD, which came with just 44 seconds remaining in the game.

Aaron Bruce's pass to Cam Meyer, who caught four TD passes on the night, went incomplete, possibly affected by what appeared to be two Knight defenders holding down the Bulldog receiver's arms. I may be mistaken, though, beacuse there was no pass interference call, a fact which made Coach Radke - and many Bulldog fans - hopping mad. As a result, the Bulldogs wound up losing the non-district game by a 40-38 score.

Graettinger-Terril blocked this Cam Meyer punt, leading to a go-ahead td. Photo by Dan Whitney
Bruce, who played wide receiver last year, connected on 11 of his 21 pass attempts for 147 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Meyer, like Bruce a senior, caught seven of his teammate's aerials for a total of 115 yards and those four touchdowns.

Junior Jacob Howey led the Buldogs running attack with 66 yards on 17 carries. G-T's Cody Dyhrkopp ran for two touchdowns and completed passes to Beau Craig for two more. Running back Drew Skatteboo was a thorn in the Bulldogs' side all night, especially on his 48-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter.

Anthony Fowler led the Bulldog defense with 16 total tackles, with Zach Nixon adding 14, Alec Ohlson 13 and Taylor Witzel 10.

Aurelia quarterback Aaron Bruce readies to fire a pass over a Graettinger-Terril defender in season-opening football action in Aurelia on Aug. 29. Photo by Dan Whitney
The game was about as even statistically as it was on the scoreboard, with Aurelia netting 10 first downs and 247 yards of total offense, while being called for eight penalties for 44 yards, while G-T had 13 first downs, 269 yards, and seven penalties for 50 yards.

The Bulldogs hope to garner their first win of the season when they travel to Ruthven-Ayrshire for another non-District game Friday night, Sept. 5.

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