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Tribune photo by Tom Larson
Paynesville back Troy Spates speeds upfield in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ West Central Conference game against ACGC on Friday in Paynesville. Spates carried 12 times for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 32-27 win that put them in first place by themselves.
Tribune photo by Tom Larson Paynesville back Troy Spates speeds upfield in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ West Central Conference game against ACGC on Friday in Paynesville. Spates carried 12 times for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 32-27 win that put them in first place by themselves.

Paynesville rallies past Falcons 32-27

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PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Bulldogs showed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and the rest of the West Central Conference on Friday that they are the real deal.

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The Bulldogs rallied from a 14-0 deficit by erupting for 24 points in the fourth quarter en route to edging the Falcons 32-27 and taking sole possession of first place in the WCC.

The Bulldogs are now 4-0 and have a one-game lead over Melrose and Sauk Centre in the standings. Sauk Centre also entered Friday unbeaten, but the Mainstreeters were shut out 41-0 by BOLD. Paynesville is at Yellow Medicine East next week.

Troy Spates put the Bulldogs ahead 32-20 by scoring on a 4-yard run. Spates rushed for 112 yards behind 18 carries. The Falcons (2-2) cut the lead to five with 4 minutes remaining when Taylor Larson threw a 28-yard touchdown to Jordan Nelson, but the visitors couldn’t get any closer.

Mitchell Weidner and Grant Thompson hooked up on a 30-yard passing play and Bryce Savage scored on a 17-yard run to start the Bulldogs’ fourth-quarter rally.

Maverick Whitcomb scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and gained 86 yards on the ground to pace ACGC.

Paynesville 32, ACGC 27

ACGC (2-2)          0 7 13  7  — 27

Paynesville (4-0)                0 0   8 24 — 32

ACGC – Mitchell Macik 1 run (Colton Minnick kick)

ACGC – Maverick Whitcomb 1 run (Minnick kick)

ACGC – Whitcomb 1 run (kick failed)

Pay – Andrew Topp 5 pass from Matthew Quade (Grant Thompson pass from Quade)

Pay – Thompson 30 pass from Mitchell Weidner (Nick Dingmann pass from Weidner)

Pay – Bryce Savage 17 run (Savage run)

Pay – Troy Spates 4 run (Topp pass from Quade)

ACGC – Jordan Nelson 28 pass from Taylor Larson (Minnick kick)

ACGC

First downs: 18 … Rushing: 57-233 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-14-104-0 … Fumbles lost: 1 … Penalties: n/a

Rushing: Jordan Nelson 24-72, Mitchell Macik 10-54, Maverick Whitcomb 19-86, Taylor Larson 3-25, Derek Dengerud 1-(-2) … Passing: Dengerud 3-6-24-0, Larson 6-8-80-0 ... Receiving: David Kinzler 2-23, Dengerud 1-5, Larson 1-14, Macik 1-1, Whitcomb 3-33, Nelson 1-28 … Punting: n/a … Interceptions: Larson 1 … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: none

Paynesville

First downs: 13 … Rushing: 41-196 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 8-18-162-1 … Fumbles lost: 3 … Penalties: n/a

Rushing: Troy Spates 18-112, Bryce Savage 11-51, Matthew Quade 11-29, Blake Karsch 1-4 … Passing: Quade 7-16-132-1, Mitchell Weidner 1-2-30-0 ... Receiving: Andrew Topp 5-102, Weidner 1-23, Grant Thompson 1-30, Trent Gertken 1-7 … Punting: n/a … Interceptions: none … Fumble recoveries: n/a … Tackles (solo-assist): n/a … QB sacks: n/a

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