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Tribune photo by Tom Larson A solid block by Paynesville lineman Michael Ludwig (56) helps spring Bulldogs running back Trent Gertken (20) for a second-quarter touchdown run in a West Central Conference game Wednesday in Paynesville.

Prep football: Paynesville tops Lakers, finishes 8-0

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PAYNESVILLE — Paynesville put the polish on an undefeated regular season on Wednesday night beating the Minnewaska Lakers 42-13 on a cool, clear evening.

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It’s the Bulldogs’ first unbeaten, untied regular season since 1972 when Virg  Vagle was in his early seasons as head coach.

Against the Lakers, the Bulldogs piled up 439 yards off offense for head coach Max Meagher.

Quarterback Matthew Quade ran for a gross in just 12 carries, a 12.0 yard per carry average. The 6-1, 188-pound junior threw 196 yards and 4 TDs, adding up to 340 yards of total yardage.

On the scoring end of Quade passes were Andrew Topp (45, 4 and 38 yards) and Nick Dingmann (33 yards). Quade also busted free for a 53 yard score making it 16-0 after one quarter.

Paynesville’s last WCC football title was in 1990.

The Dogs play at home Tuesday to begin post-season.

Paynesville 42, Waska 13

Minnewaska       0  0  6  7— 13

Paynesville (8-0, 8-0)        16  14  6  6 — 42

P – Andrew Topp 45 pass from Matthew Quade (Bryce Savage pass from Quade)

P– Quade 53 run (Topp pass from Quade)

P – Trent Gertken 6 run (pass fail)

P – Topp 4 pass from Quade (Grant Thompson run)

M – Jayden Beecher 22 pass from Austin Ostrander (pass fail)

P – Topp 38 pass from Quade (pass fail)

P – Nick Dingmann 31 pass from Quade (pass fail)

M – Ostrander 1 run (Ethan Anderson kick)

Minnewaska

First downs: 11 … Rushing: 24-69 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 9-27-127-1 … Fumbles lost: 1

Rushing: Ostrander 7-26, Will Anderson 6-12 … Passing: Ostrander 9-27-127-1 ... Receiving: Beecher 5-89, Paulson 3-38

Paynesville

First downs: 12  … Rushing: 35-243 … Passing (com-att-yds-int.): 10-18-196-0 … Fumbles lost: 0

Rushing: Troy Spates 7-64, Bryce Savage 6-15, Matthew Quade 12-144, Trent Gertken 7-15, Grant Thompson 1-1… Passing: Quade 10-18-196-0 ... Receiving: Topp 5-131, Brandon Schleper 1-19 , Nicholas Dingmann  4-46…  Interceptions: Mitch Weidner

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