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Bulldogs Blast Mustangs, 36-14

PEETZ, CO.-- It was the Fall of 2018 the last time the Peetz Bulldog Football team beat the Prairie Mustangs, and the last four years have seen the Bulldogs fall to the Mustangs by lopsided scores. But turnabout is fair play, and this year's contest between the Bulldogs and the Mustangs was again a lopsided contest, but this time it was in favor of the Peetz team. The Bulldogs scored early in the game, then another time in the second quarter followed by two scores in the third quarter before the Mustangs could finally get on the board in the fourth quarter, too little and too late to change the outcome of the contest. The 36-to-14 victory gives the Bulldogs a 2-and-0 record as they start the heart of their schedule and will be challenged by their A-6 rivals.

It was a hot early Thursday evening kick-off, and the Bulldogs received the ball first. They were able to methodically drive down the field, and senior Chance Segelke was able to connect with sophomore Rhyder Bayne on a ten yard touchdown pass, and with the extra point Peetz led 7-to-0 in the early going. Prairie started their drive near mid-field, and was able to drive down to the Peetz 15 yard line when they turned the ball over on downs. Peetz also drove the ball for a bit before turning the ball over on downs themselves. A Chance Segelke interception stopped the next Prairie drive, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize for points. Prairie was able to stop the Peetz offense at times, but could not stop themselves from committing turnovers. Prairie had the ball inside the Peetz 10 yard line, but again turned it over, and the fumble was recovered by Peetz senior Noah Naegele. Senior Wyatt Talhelm broke through on a one yard touchdown dive to give the Bulldogs a 14-to-0 lead in the second quarter. The teams went into the halftime intermission with Peetz up by two touchdowns.

On Prairie's first possession, Peetz freshman Dylan Wagner intercepted a pass to give the Bulldogs great field position. Soon after, Peetz freshman Conner Schumacher scored on a ten yard run to paydirt. The point after was missed, but Peetz had a big 20-to-0 lead. Prairie's next drive was stopped by Peetz sophomore Rhyder Bayne's interception, which was followed by a 19 yard touchdown pass from Chance Segelke to Noah Naegele, and with the two point conversion, the Bulldogs led 28-to-0.

In the fourth quarter, Prairie finally got on the scoreboard with a touchdown run by Justin Schreiner. On Prairie's next drive, Peetz sophomore Patrick Moreno recovered a fumble, which ended in Segelke again finding Naegele for a touchdown, this time on an 18 yard pass. Peetz had a 36-to-8 lead, and Prairies desperation touchdown pass in the final seconds only moved the scoreboard to 36-to-14, with the Bulldogs taking away the win. Segelke went 6-for-9 passing, for 106 yards and three touchdowns. Rhyder Bayne rushed 18 times for 196 yards, and Noah Naegele caught four passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Peetz next travels to Arickaree on Thursday to match up against 0-and-2 Cheyenne Wells at 2 p.m.


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