Bulldogs come from behind with 12-6 win over Ed-Co


The Bulldog offense runs a play in the first quarter. (Photo by Michael Newton)

 

By Michael Newton

 

The Edgewood-Colesburg Vikings were the opponent Sept. 6, as the MFL MarMac Bulldogs came from behind in order to break an eight-game losing streak and win their first game in Monona in two seasons.

 

The first quarter was a field position battle. The Bulldogs were able to force a fumble at midfield on the first Viking possession, with Tyson Dolan pouncing on the ball for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs then moved the ball to the Viking 24, but were unable to crack the defense on two straight passes, turning it over on downs.

 

The Vikings then took 17 seconds and two running plays to score a 59-yard touchdown run by Sawyer Amling, which had been set up by a Jesse Nefzger 17-yard run. The two point try was no good, leaving the Vikings with a 6-0 lead with 4:20 to go in the first quarter. 

 

Neither team was able to move the ball the rest of the quarter. However, with time running out in the first, the Vikings were forced to punt on fourth and 18,  from their own 25 yard line. The Bulldogs broke through, blocking the punt. Chase Strub recovered the punt on the six yard line and the quarter ended with Ed-Co leading 6-0.

 

The Bulldogs started the second quarter on the Ed-Co six yard line. Quarterback Austin Schoulte, who was playing with a broken finger on his left hand, fumbled the snap, but recovered it on the 10 yard line. Colby Ferguson gained five yards on second and five, then scored on third down to tie the game at six. The snap was fumbled by holder Bryce Burke and the kick was no good. The drive took 1:18 off the clock. 

 

Neither team could break through the rest of the quarter, and the half ended with a 6-6 tie.

 

The third quarter involved more jostling for field position, as each team was able to move down the field, but could not score. 

 

In the fourth quarter, with 9:45 to play, the Bulldogs took over on the Viking 47. The first down play resulted in a penalty for an illegal substitution, moving the ball to the Bulldog 48. Following a run for no gain,  Schoulte ran for 12 yards. On third and three, Ferguson gained 12 yards to the Viking 27 yard line. The Vikings then lined up in the neutral zone on first down, giving the Bulldogs an additional five yards to the 22. Ferguson then ran 14 yards, reaching the eight. The drive then seemed to stall, so, on fourth down and goal, the Bulldogs lobbed a pass. Brandon Schneider managed to out jump his defender, coming down with the touchdown. The two point try failed, giving the Bulldogs a 12-6 lead with 5:38 to go. 

 

On Ed-Co’s final drive, which lasted around four minutes, the Bulldog defense would not let them score. Strub blocked a pass as he came in on a blitz and Schoulte deflected a fourth down pass to seal the deal with about a minute to play. 

 

Ed-Co had no time outs, so the Bulldogs ran the victory play to win the game 12-6. 

 

MFL MarMac is now 1-1 overall, while Ed-Co fell to 0-2. 

 

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Bulldogs will play at Jesup. Jesup defeated the Bulldogs last year on homecoming. Both teams will come into the game with 1-1 records. The state now enters district play.

 

Schoulte was 4-9 in the game, passing for 58 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 33 yards. Ferguson ran 16 times for 97 yards and was the offensive player of the game.Schneider caught two passes for 44 yards and one touchdown. Bryce Burke had eight tackles to lead the defense. 

 

Through two games, Schoulte has thrown for 188 yards and two touchdowns.  Matthew Meyer is the team’s leading rusher, with 141 yards. Ferguson is second, with 122 yards. Schneider has 105 receiving yards. Andrew Zeeh’s 20 tackles lead the defense.

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