Defense can't hold back Loggers for long

by: Billy Gates/The Pioneer - Culver running back Levi Vincent tries to run through Vernonia’s defense in a 51-0 loss Friday night in Culver.

The young, inexperienced Culver football team continues to take steps forward, but the Vernonia Loggers were just too much in a 51-0 blowout loss for the Bulldogs on Friday in Culver.
   The Bulldogs stayed with the methodical, run-heavy Veer offense of Vernonia for about a quarter and a half, then the wheels started to fall off and Vernonia's physical advantages surfaced.
   After a 7-0 first quarter, in which Culver's defense tackled pretty well, the Loggers poured it on in the second frame and were up 33-0 by the halftime horn.
   Vernonia's Mikol Pihl broke a 40-yard run after the defense stopped Culver on fourth down, thanks to an awful ball spot by the officials, to get things rolling.
   The next Culver offensive series, Vernonia's Austin Cutright provided the back-breaker with a 45-yard interception return to make the count 27-0 with 3:01 left in the second quarter.
   Culver head coach Brian Silbernagel said while his team is young, they are making strides and improving. He's excited to see what the team will be in a couple years once the young players mature.
   The Bulldogs host Regis on Friday in the teams' opening game of Tri-River Conference play.
   Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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