AURELIA - Remsen-Union scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns in a little over five minutes to put a serious scare into Aurelia in exciting District football action here on Oct. 17th, but the gritty Bulldogs sandwiched a TD of their own in the midst of that Rocket onslaught to prevail 30-28, and keep alive their state playoff hopes.
Aurelia is 5-3 over all and 4-2 in the District, and meets Remsen St. Mary's in Aurelia on Oct. 23rd, with a victory over the 4-4, 2-4 Hawks guaranteeing them an 8-player state playoff berth.
Quarterback Camrin Meyer led the Bulldogs this night with four TD passes, including three to favorite receiver Aaron Bruce. Meyer hooked up with Bruce for two first-half TDs on passes for four and 14 yards, and then that duo teamed up for the clinching TD with 5:21 left in the game on a 62-yard beauty that gave Aurelia the cushion it would need to hold off the riled-up Rockets in the fourth period.
Aurelia also scored on a Meyer to Anthony Fowler pass good for 36 yards, and Jacob Howey hit paydirt on a one-yard run late in the first half to give the 'Dogs an 18-7 advantage at halftime. Aurelia failed on all five PAT/conversion attempts.
R-U scored a TD in the second quarter on a pass interception return by Josh Bohnenkamp. The Rockets' three fourth-quarter TDs came on one-yard pass from Bohnenkamp to Collin Sonnichson, a 32-yard TD scamper by Kraig Alesch, and a three-yard pass from Bohnenkamp to Sonnichson with 4:24 left in the game.
Aurelia rushed 36 times for just 21 yards against the talented Rocket front line, but Meyer was 14-28 passing for 271 yards and four TDs and two interceptions.
Howey led the Bulldogs rushing with 20 carries for 29 yards, and Meyer carried it six times for 27 yards, and Alec Ohlson seven times for 12 yards. Fowler caught five passes for 115 yards and one TD, and Bruce three for 78 yards and three TDs. Howey caught three passes for 48 yards.
Howey and Taylor Witzel paced the Bulldog defense with a dozen tackles each, while Ohlson was in on 11, Kody Pinkerton nine, and Meyer, Bruce, and Fowler seven apiece. Howey also had two picks, and Ohlson one. Fowler had a fumble recovery.
"I'm really tickled for the players and coaches. The kids played with intensity every minute. We must keep up that intensity for next week."