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EV-W lose to Jaguars, open playoffs v Bulldogs

By Julie Bulau, Staff writer

Jaguars top Eagles 26-6

The Jaguars scored on their first two possessions to take a 12-0 lead and never looked back as Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa downed EV-W 26-6 Wednesday night.

It was a somber crowd at B-B-E as the school mourned the loss of math teacher/head wrestling coach who had been killed in a bicycle accident the day before.

EV-W got on the board in the second quarter on Alex Geislinger's touchdown run to close the gap to 12-6 but the Jaguars responded with a long touchdown pass to take an 18-6 lead into the half.

The Eagles, who had four turnovers in the game, were held scoreless in the second half while B-B-E added a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

EV-W quarterback Nick Pauly was 21-40 for 181 yards and three interceptions. Mitch Lease led the team in tackles with 14.

The Eagles had 253 yards total offense.

EV-W-0, 6, 0, 0,-6

B-B-E-12, 6, 0, 8,-26

Individual stats: Receiving-Alex Geislinger 1-15 yards, Austin Pelkey, 5-49 yards, DeShaun James 5-32 yards, Cain Renner 7-65 yards, Brent Stenger 2-10 yards, Jared Streit 1-10 yards. Rushing-Zach Blonigen, 2-1 yard, Alex Geislinger 7-45 yards, Austin Pelkey 5-23 yards.

Eagles open playoffs at Paynesville

For the third year in a row, the EV-W football team will face neighboring Paynesville in Section 5AA playoffs, but for the first time the Eagles will play in Paynesville.

EV-W (2-6) earned the sixth seed and will be on the road Tuesday night to face the two-seed Bulldogs (4-4). Game time is 7 p.m.

The two schools, only 10 miles apart, had not faced each other since 1995. Paynesville played in Class 3A for a number of years but, even when the Bulldogs moved into Section 5AA, the two teams did not meet.

That changed in 2010, when the number one-seeded EV-W played host to the Bulldogs in the opening round of the playoffs that the Eagles won. Last year, the number-five seeded Bulldogs downed the fourth-seeded Eagles in the semifinal round. Number-one seeded BOLD (8-0) has a first-round bye.

LAST-MINUTE UPDATE: In a closely-fought game Tuesday night, Oct. 23, the Bulldogs defeated the Eagles, 34-27. This marks the end of the Eagles' 2012 football season.

Watch the Tri-County News Facebook page, and next week's issue for some great photos from the game.