Culver hangs tough with Regis on gridiron
Bulldogs hold Rams to one score in first quarter
The Culver High School football team held the high-flying Regis offense down for a quarter, but that was all the Bulldogs could muster in a 42-6 loss to the Rams on Friday at Culver High School.
A staunch defensive effort by the Bulldogs was the highlight of the opening period, but then the Rams got things going offensively, and the Bulldogs were in trouble.
Culver coach Shea Little said even in defeat, he was pleased with how his team came out and played, especially in the first quarter.
We came out and werent intimidated, and thats a big change from last year, Little said. We played hard the entire time, really.
It took more than 46 minutes for the Bulldogs to score, but backup quarterback Bolt Anglen was able to muscle his way into the end zone on a 2-yard run with 1:56 left on the clock.
Anglen, usually a wide receiver for the Bulldogs, was filling in for starting quarterback Clay McClure, who rolled his ankle in the second quarter and didnt return.
Bolt is a great No. 2 quarterback to have, Little said. Hes a great athlete and is able to do some great things for us there. It weakens us at receiver, obviously, but he can play anywhere on the field.
Little said the injury to McClure wasnt seen as too serious, and he should see playing time when the Bulldogs host Santiam on Friday.
Regis star running back, Jeremiah Grieser, scored four times. Three of the four scoring dashes came in the third quarter when the Rams put the game away.
He opened the scoring ledger for the Rams with a 6-yard run in the first quarter, the only touchdown Regis scored in the frame. A long fourth down conversion, plus a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Culver, helped set up the first score for Regis.
Culver recovered a Regis fumble deep in Rams territory with 20 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs were unable to turn the takeaway into points after McClure was intercepted by Regis Zach Gescher.
Late in the game, Regis hit a couple Culver players after plays were over, and were assessed penalties. Culver took exception to those hits, and then they were nailed for a couple dead-ball penalties amongst a little scuffle.
The situation didnt get too out of hand, outside of some pushing and shoving, as referees came in and handled the situation.
Culver picked up a fumble on a dropped backward pass by Regis, but couldnt turn that into points in the third period. Culver again got a break in the fourth quarter, recovering a muffed punt by Regis, but again couldnt take the ball to pay dirt.
With less than two minutes left in the game, and a younger group of Bulldogs in the ballgame, Anglen took the snap and scooted around the end for a short rushing score to break up Regis shutout, and perhaps provide a little boost for the Bulldogs in an otherwise disappointing homecoming night.
For Culver, Tom McDonald led the team with 45 rushing yards on six carries. Levi Vincent packed the ball eight times for 18 yards, and Mitch Adams caught a pass for 21 yards.
The Bulldogs (0-2 TRC, 1-3 overall) will face Santiam (1-2 TRC, 3-3) in their next Tri-River Conference game on Friday at Culver High School.
The Wolverines are coming off a 27-18 win against Waldport, and Little thinks the game against them should be a good one.
It should be a real competitive ballgame, for sure, Little said. We knew this game would be tough, but the kids still wanted to play football at the end, so that was a nice thing to see.