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Culver gridders pass league test

A 20-point lead was just enough for Culver to remained tied for first in the Tri-River standings.
   The Bulldogs beat host Kennedy at Mount Angel 27-21 Friday to improve to 3-1 (8-1 overall). Culver is tied with Blanchet atop the Tri-River going into the final week of the regular season.
   The Bulldogs built up a 27-7 lead by scoring two touchdowns in both the second and fourth quarters. Quarterback Mike Williams was part of each, starting with scoring completions of 40 yards to Jeremy Thompson and 24 to Miguel Baltazar.
   Thompson's score answered the Trojans' opening drive. Baltazar's catch capped a 50-yard drive after Culver recovered a fumble.
   Williams' effective passing continued into the fourth quarter. His completions set up a 1-yard scoring run. An 18-yard pass to Gerald Speas put the Bulldogs ahead by 20 points.
   For the game, Williams finished with 275 passing yards. It is the fifth time the senior has topped 200, moving his school-record total to 1,858 yards and 20 touchdowns.
   Kennedy quarterback Sam Traeger had his own big game, helped by Culver injuries. The visitors finished the game without their original starting secondary.
   "We had kids banged up, so we had to scramble," Bulldog coach Kurt Davis said. "There's nothing serious, but we had to try to cover for those injuries."
   Traeger tested the revised defense, completing 18 of 25 passes for 273 yards. The sophomore led Kennedy on a possible game-winning drive late in the game, starting at the Trojan 10.
   A failed fourth-down conversion at the Culver 22 ended the threat.
   "Their coach (Randy Traeger) said it was the best game they've played all year," Davis said. "We took Kennedy's best shot. They have a very good quarterback."