Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Julie Bulau, Staff writer
PAYNESVILLE-The Eagles took a 21-20 lead into the fourth quarter but came up short in the end, falling to the Bulldogs 34-27 in the opening round of Section 52A playoffs Tuesday night.
Quarterback Nick Pauly had a big night for the Eagles, throwing for 311-yards and three touchdowns. Senior Austin Pelkey was the leading receiver with 206 yards on 10 catches for Eden Valley-Watkins.
Paynesville took a 12-0 lead into the second quarter when the Eagles scored on a 20-yard pass from Pauly to freshman DeShaun James.
The Bulldogs added another touchdown with 13 seconds to go in the half to open the gap to 20-6. The Eagles almost got on the board when James returned Paynesville's onside kick to the 22-yard line. EV-W had two shots at the end zone before time expired in the half but were unable to convert.
The Eagles scored on the opening possession of the second half on a 1-yard run by Alex Geislinger. The two-point conversion was good to put the score at 20-14. EV-W scored again in the quarter on a 36-yard pass to Pelkey to take a 21-20 lead.
Paynesville scored early in the fourth quarter to go up 28-20. The Eagles responded by moving the ball right down the field. An offensive pass interference call away from the play, negated Pelkey's first-down catch inside the Bulldogs 20-yard line. Instead of first and 10, the Eagles faced fourth and 25 from the 40-yard line and failed to convert.
The Bulldogs added another touchdown to open up a 34-21 lead.
The Eagles then scored again on a 15-yard pass to Geislinger to put the EV-W within a touchdown.
After putting up a big defensive stop, the Eagles had one more chance as they drove to the Paynesville 30-yard line with about a minute to play, but they failed to convert on fourth down and Paynesville ran out the clock.
The loss ended the Eagles season at 2-7. Paynesville 34, Eden Valley-Watkins 27
EV-W (2-7) 0 6 15 6-27
Paynesville (5-4) 6 14 0 14-34
Team: Paynesville-Scoring play: Nick Dingmann 36-yard pass from Matthew Quade-PAT: pass failed.
Team: Paynesville-Scoring play: Caleb Burris 5-yard pass from Quade PAT: pass failed.
Team: EV-W-Scoring play: DeShaun James 20-yard pass from Nick Pauly PAT: kick failed.
Team: Paynesville-Scoring play: Dingmann 15-yard pass from Quade PAT: Burris pass from Quade.
Team: EVW-Scoring play: Alex Geislinger 1-yard run-PAT: Cain Renner pass from Austin Pelkey.
Team: EVW-Scoring play: Pelkey 31-yard pass from Pauly-PAT: Jared Streit kick.
Team: Paynesville-Scoring play: Evan Bayer 6-yard run-PAT: Nathan Meyer run.
Team: Paynesville-Scoring play: Meyer 2-yard run-PAT: pass failed.
Team: EVW-Scoring play: Geislinger 15-yard pass from Pauly-PAT: kick failed.
Eden Valley-Watkins: Rushing: 14-14, Passing: 21-42-311-3-0, Total yards: 325, First downs: 12, Penalties: 8-42.
Paynesville: Rushing: 62-369, Passing: 5-10-74-3-0, Total yards: 443, First downs: 20, Penalties: 7-36.
Eden Valley-Watkins-Rushing: Alex Geislinger 6-21, DeShaun James 1-(-7), Nick Pauly 2-8. Passing (cmp-att-yds-TD-Int): Pauly 21-42-311-3-0. Receiving: Austin Pelkey 10-206, James 2-23, Cain Renner 1-13, Geislinger 7-58, Zach Blonigen 1-11. Punting: Matt Lies 3-25.1.
Paynesville-Rushing: Nathan Meyer 30-174, Matthew Quade 10-48, Evan Bayer 21-147, Andrew Topp 1-0. Passing (cmp-att-yds-TD-Int): Quade 5-10-74-3-0. Receiving: Nick Dingmann 2-51, Caleb Burris 2-6, Brandon Schleper 1-17. Punting: Quade 2-20.0.