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Bulldogs come up short at home

By B.J. Hargis
Photo by B.J. HARGIS The ball goes through the fingers of Dugger Union's Matt Pugh during a high school football game on Saturday at Dugger.

DUGGER — Dugger had its best offensive game of the season, but slipped to 0-4 after a 34-20 loss at home to the junior varsity team from Paris, Illinois on Saturday.
The Bulldogs rushed for a season-best 201 yards on 47 carries.
“This was a tough game to lose,” said Dugger Union coach Kyle Foli. “We let our emotions get the best of us at the end.
“You have to play with controlled emotion. Those personal foul penalties hurt us.”
Paris scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and never trailed.
They capitalized on a Dugger Union fumble, setting up a 43-yard drive. Carter Hays capped off the three-play march with a 23-yard scoring run. Quarterback Hunter Newlin connected with Jude Sullivan on the two-point conversion before the game was three minutes old.
Dugger then drove to the Paris 35, but was stopped on fourth-and-four.
Paris then responded with a 7-play drive, covering 66 yards.
Sam Mays scored from the 17 and Newlin ran in the two-point conversion for a 16-0 lead with 4:07 still to play in the first quarter.
“We started slowly, especially on defense,” said Foli. “But the kids kept coming back and did not quit.”
Dugger got a 22-yard kickoff return by Matt Pugh, setting the Bulldogs up at their own 42.
They drove 58 yards in under five minutes. The 10-play march was capped when Jake Cross scored the first of his two TDs. After his 3-yard TD, Bryar Marlow rushed in the two-point conversion, cutting the lead in half at 16-8.
“The kids battled and showed a lot of heart today,” said Foli. “We had a lot of positives today.”
Paris scored twice in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half.
Danny Perry scored on a 4-yard TD run to push the Tigers advantage to 22-8.
Dugger Union was stopped on a fourth-and-12 from its own 29-yard line with 23.1 seconds left before halftime.
On the next play, Newlin found Mason Hutchings for a 29-yard touchdown connection, putting the visitors ahead 28-8 at the half.
“I have no regrets,” Foli said of being stopped three times on fourth down, twice deep in their own territory. “They were able to score, but I believe in my boys.”
Cross’ second TD run came at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter. It capped 7-play, 65-yard drive that consumed 3:39, trimming the Paris cushion to 28-14.
“Jake is a tremendous athlete,” said Foli. “We lost two of our A runners today in Matt Pugh and Bryar Marlow. I think both of them will be back next week.”
Newlin’s 24-yard scoring run  gave the Tigers a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs final scoring came with 2:12 to play. It was a 34-yard pass play from Jackson Rogers to Brandon Smith.
Ironically, it was the only completed pass of the game for the Bulldogs.
“We want to run the ball,” said Foli. “We could have completed a few more passes, but we either turned the wrong way or lost the ball in the sun.”
The Bulldogs will play its first road game at 7:30 p.m. at Rock Creek Academy.

Paris, Illinois JV                 16 12 0 6 — 34
Dugger Union                      0  8  6 6 — 20

First quarter
P — Camden Hays 23 run (Hunter Newlin pass to Jude Sullivan), 9:46.
P — Sam Mays 13 run (Newlin run), 4:07.
Second quarter
D — Jake Cross 3 run (Bryar Marlow run), 11:11.
P — Danny Perry 4 run (pass failed), 3:32.
P — Mason Hutchings 29 pass from Newlin (run failed), :16.5.
Third quarter
D — Cross 5 run (run failed), 4:01.
Fourth quarter
P — Newlin 24 run (run failed), 9:53.
D — Brandon Smith 34 pass from Jackson Rogers (run failed), 2:12.

                         P     DU
First downs         7    16
Rushes-yards         23-167    47-210
Passing yards         66    34
Totals yards         233    244
C-A-I        6-16-0    1-7-0
Penalties-yards     3-30    6-64
Fumbles-lost         1-0    4-1
Punts-avg.         2-34    1-40
Return yards         20    121
Time of possession     23:46    24:14

RUSHING — Paris, Newlin 8-74, Perry 3-26, Carter Hays 1-23, S. Mays 1-17, Nathan Zorn 3-13, Hutchings 3-11, Tristan Gross 2-10, Colby Kindred 2-(minus 7). Dugger Union — Rogers 16-82, Matt Pugh 11-41, Bryar Marlow 6-29, Cross 7-26, Smith 6-22, Neal Gambill 1-10.
PASSING — Paris, Newlin 2-5-0-42, Perry 4-11-0-24. Dugger Union, Rogers 1-7-0-34.
RECEIVING — Paris, Hutchings 2-37, C. Hays 1-13, Chase Hays 1-12, Sam Mays 1-4, Nathan Zorn 1-(minus 1). Dugger Union, Smith 1-34.

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