High School Football: Paynesville picks up a road win over Pine City

Bulldogs, on their third opponent this week, beats Dragons 34-16

PINE CITY — Taking a game on short notice Thursday, Paynesville picked up a 34-16 non-district win over Pine City.

The Bulldogs originally was scheduled to host Holdingford before being canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Paynesville then scheduled a home game with Kenyon-Wanamingo for Friday before K-W also pulled out due to COVID-19 concerns, forcing the Bulldogs to hit the road for a Thursday game with Pine City.

Paynesville jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter lead after a touchdown pass from Grayson Fuchs to Grant Ruchti. Drew Tangen added a rushing touchdown in the second to help the Bulldogs build a 14-8 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third, Tangen rushed into the end zone on the first play of what was a 20-point period for Paynesville. On the Dragons’ next possession, the Bulldogs’ Eli Nelson intercepted the ball and scooted 60 yards for a defensive touchdown. Fuchs then used his legs for a 35-yard score to cap off the scoring for Paynesville.

The Bulldogs’ next scheduled game is against Osakis. The teams play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Alexandria.


Paynesville 34,
Pine City 16

Paynesville (4-1) 6 8 0 20 — 34
Pine City (2-3) 0 8 0 8 — 16
Joe Brown is a sports reporter for the West Central Tribune.

He can be reached via email at: or his office number: 320-214-4332.
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