Mostly, though, they battled a Woodbine Tiger team which jumped out to a quick 19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, then tacked on another 28 points in the second quarter to take a 47-0 lead over the Bulldogs at half-time.
With the continuous clock running due to the 35-point Aurelia deficit, neither team scored again until Aurelia's Jacob Howey took it in from 26 yards out which just a minute-and-a-half left in the game to make the final score Woodbine 47, Aurelia 8.
Steven Berg handled quarterbacking duties for the Bulldogs on this night, and the senior completed 4-16 pass attempts for 20 yards. He also had three pass attempts intercepted. Jacob Howey had a productive night on the ground for Coach Grant Peckenschneider's Bulldog squad, toting the ball 22 times for 124 yards and the one touchdown. Taylor Witzel carried six times for 16 yards.
The Tigers and 'Dogs were actually pretty close in several statistical categories, with Woodbine's seven first downs topping Aurelia's total of six by just one. The small difference can be explained by the fact that most of the Tigers' scores came on long strikes rather than sustained drives. Of the seven Tiger touchdowns, four of them measured 43, 71, 34 and 45 yards in distance. The teams were also pretty even in fumbles (six for Woodbine, five for Aurelia, with the teams losing two apiece) and penalties (Aurelia six for 31 yards, Woodbine five for 40 yards.)
Freshman Kyle Kuhlman excelled for Woodbine, scoring five of the Tiger TDS on runs of 5,15, 43, and 71 yards and a pass reception from QB Zach Archer covering 34 yards.
The Bulldogs (1-6) travel to Remsen this Friday for a District game with Remsen Union, then return to Remsen the following week to wrap up the season with a another tough district game with rated Remsen St. Mary's.