2015-09-20 / Sports

Bulldogs notch first win, down visiting Chargers 26-18


St. Charles running back Trey Lindsay sweeps around the left end for a big gain in Friday’s 26-18 win over visiting Valley Lutheran. Lindsay had 67 yards in the contest for the ‘Dawgs. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) St. Charles running back Trey Lindsay sweeps around the left end for a big gain in Friday’s 26-18 win over visiting Valley Lutheran. Lindsay had 67 yards in the contest for the ‘Dawgs. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) ST. CHARLES – After a brutal threegame stretch to start the season, the St. Charles varsity gridders notched their first win of the year on Friday night, taking advantage of visiting Valley Lutheran, 26-18. But it wasn’t easy by any means.

The Bulldogs moved the ball early, marching down to the Charger three yard line for first-and-goal. But in four successive plays, they couldn’t punch it into the endzone. The Chargers took over on downs and went 97 yards to score with 6:29 left in the first quarter. The PAT kick was blocked.

On the ensuing kickoff, the ball traveled 10 yards and hit a St. Charles player in the chest before bouncing to the turf. The Chargers recovered and put together another drive, this time on a short field. They scored with 2:55 left in the quarter. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.


Bulldog Brendan Nieman looks for a hole in the Charger defense in Friday’s win over Valley Lutheran. Nieman 119 yards to lead the St. Charles rushing attack. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Bulldog Brendan Nieman looks for a hole in the Charger defense in Friday’s win over Valley Lutheran. Nieman 119 yards to lead the St. Charles rushing attack. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) The Bulldogs again drove to a first-andgoal situation, only to be stopped in the second quarter. However, after turning the ball over on downs, and then holding the Chargers to a three-and-out, St. Charles got the ball back on a punt with a short field. Brendan Nieman scored at 7:21 of the second on a 25 yard run, then ran in the conversion play to cut the lead to 12-8.

After trading possessions, the ‘Dawgs got deep in Charger territory again, scoring with four seconds left in the half on a one yard run by Anthony Miller. Johnny Wesolek ran in the conversion for the 16-12 lead.

The Bulldogs scored again with 7:38 left in the fourth on a 24 yard run by Tre Williams. Miller ran in the two-point play.

The Chargers also added a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“Tonight was not an easy win for us,” admitted St. Charles coach Jason Dinninger. “We have to continue to find a way to win. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.”

St. Charles finished up with 226 yards rushing and 46 yards passing for 272 yards of total offense. Nieman led the ground-gainers with 119 yards in 17 carries. Trey Lindsay had 67 yards on six attempts.

Miller added 41 yards rushing and threw for another 46 yards.

Valley Lutheran picked up 168 yards rushing and 73 yards passing for 241 yards of total offense.

Dustin Spannagel led the ‘Dawged defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Brennan Ward had seven tackles and three sacks. Williams picked off an interception.

The Bulldogs will play host to Breckenridge this Friday night for homecoming. Game time is 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

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