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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Unorthodox Bulldogs outscore T-Hawks in opener

  • Football teams often struggle offensively in their first games of the season, especially high school teams who are putting new combinations of players on the field with only a couple weeks of practice to learn the system.
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  • Football teams often struggle offensively in their first games of the season, especially high school teams who are putting new combinations of players on the field with only a couple weeks of practice to learn the system.
    There was no apparent offensive “rust” for either Paynesville or Montevideo in Friday’s season opener at Paynesville, as the two teams rolled up 904 yards of total offense. Unfort­unately for the Thunder Hawks, the Bulldogs amassed 579 of those yards in scoring a 54-34 West Central Conference victory.
    The Bulldogs are far from what you would call “conventional” when it comes to football strategy.
    Paynesville attempted several onside kicks after scoring touchdowns while leading the game. The strategy worked, as they recovered four of them.
    While holding a 14-0 lead and facing a fourth-and-inches situation on their own 45-yard line, the Bulldogs tried a long pass near the goal line. The incompletion gave Monte­video the ball in Paynesville territory and the Thunder Hawks cashed in on the opportunity.
    Jimmy Haff caught a 30-yard pass from Troy Diggins, and Markus Kranz scored on a 10-yard run to cut Paynesville’s lead to 14-7.
    Paynesville countered that score two minutes later and promptly tried another onside kick. This one was recovered by Montevideo, but Paynes­ville forced a punt and Grant Thompson broke loose for a back-breaking 86-yard TD run that gave the Bulldogs a 26-7 halftime lead.
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