Whiting's diminuitive ball carrier Chris Ham grips the ball and takes on all comers during this run against a pursuing Aurelia defense, including Dalton Lytle (57), and Jacob Howey (20) in football action in Aurelia Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
AURELIA - Cranking up their offense as the season progresses, the explosive Aurelia Bulldogs blew away visiting Whiting 47-6 in 8-player District football action here on September 12.
Storming to a 33-0 halftime lead, the 'Dogs put up 14 more points in the third and Whiting added one TD in the third to make it 47-6 with 2:00 left in the period. A continuous clock due to the 35-point rule, brought a quick ending to the game with no scores in the fourth frame.
Jacob Howey led the Bulldogs offense with 123 yards on 17 carries and TD runs of six and four yards. Alec Ohlson scored two TDs on runs of three and one, Steve White tallied from five yards out, and Aaron bruce returned the kick-off 60 yards to paydirt after the Warriors' TD in the third to seal the deal.
Aurelia's Anthony Fowler just misses a pass from quarterback Camrin Meyer as Whiting defender JT Garred closes in during the Bulldogs big win in Aurelia Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Kody Pinkerton kicked 5-7 PATs for the winners. Gritty Chris Ham, a 5-7, 130-pound dynamo, scored Whiting's lone TD and was their leading runner as the Warriors rushed 33 times for 102 yards against the feisty Aurelia defense.
The 'Dogs rushed 41 times for 236 yards. Besides Howey, Steve White rushed three times for 56 yards. QB Camrin Meyer was 3-7 passing for 71 yards and quarterback Cody Ham was 6-17 passing for 46 yards and one interception.
Zach Nixon and Taylor Witzel led Aurelia on defense with nine tackles each, while White and Ohlson tallied seven apiece, and Dalton Lytle six. Nixon also had a fumble recovery and was a force in the middle all night on both sides of the ball.
Kody Pinkerton of Aurelia kicks a PAT while holder Camrin Meyer carefully places the ball on the tee during football action in Aurelia Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck.
"The middle of our line controlled the game all night," said veteran Aurelia coach Myron Radke. "They played a great game. We're getting better each time out and maybe starting to figure things out a little bit."
Aurelia, 2-1, has a battle next week as the Bulldogs travel to 3-0 Ar-We-Va at Westside in a game featuring two heavyweights in District play.