AURELIA - You wouldn't know it by the final score, but the Oct. 23rd Eight Player District 1 showdown here between Remsen St. Mary's and Aurelia was actually a good, hard-fought, back-and-forth game - for three quarters.
The Bulldogs came back and made it 8-6 when Alec Ohlson scored on a one-yard run with 5:53 remaining in the second quarter, then they took the lead with just 17 seconds remaining in the half, when Jacob Howey scored on a two-yard run to make it 12-6 , Bulldogs, at the break.
The Hawks' sophomore back Zane Phillips ran it into the end zone with 4:27 left in the third to give RSM a 14-12 lead, but the 'Dogs came right back and scored on a 20-yard Cam Meyer to Anthony Fowler aerial with 1:33 left in the third quarter. The 'Dogs' quarterback Meyer ran it in for the 2-point conversion - the only successful extra point attempt the team had in their last two games - and the Bulldogs went into the final quarter with a 20-14 lead.
The Hawks had 15 first downs to the Bulldogs 13 and 395 total yards of offense to the 'Dogs' 218. Individually, Bulldog QB Cam Meyer completed 7 of 20 pass attempts for 83 yards and one touchdown. He was intercepted three times.
Anthony Fowler led the 'Dogs receivers with three grabs for 54 yards and a TD; Aaron Brice caught two for 15 yards, and Howey also had two receptions, for 14 yards.
Defensively, junior Taylor Witzel capped a great season witheight tackles and classmate Elliott Zadow also had eight, plus an interception. Fowler, Meyer and Zach Nixon were each involved in seven tackles, and Meyer also made a spectacular one-handed interception. Aaron Bruce, Alec Ohlson, Jacob Howey and Steve White, coming back from an injury, were all involved in six tackles.
Both Aurelia and Remsen St. Mary's finish their seasons with overall records of 5-4 and were both 4-3 in the District. Because of the result of Thursday's head-to-head match, though, it will be the Hawks who advance to the State playoffs, which start on Wednesday October 29. The other playoff teams from District 1 will be Ar-We-Va, Woodbine, and Remsen-Union, with first-round pairings announced on Saturday Oct. 25.