The Bulldogs faced the 0-8 Tri-Valley Mustangs on October 18 on the football field in Colton. Each team was looking to end their regular season on a winning note.
Both squads put two touchdowns on the board before the end of the first quarter. Milbank’s first was a two-yard run by quarterback Kaden Krause. The second was a 15-yard pass from Krause to Max McCulloch. Kicker Carlos Ramirez collected the extra points to push the score to 14-12 in favor of the Bulldogs at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was scoreless, but the Mustangs changed that immediately upon returning to the field after halftime. They carried a 40-yard run and a 16-yard interception return into the end zone. The score sat at 26-14 and remained there until the clock ran out at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was another scoreless period for both teams. The Mustangs took the win at 26-14.
Quarterback Krause had 123 passing yards. He completed 11 passes and threw one interception. Freshman Mikey Karges led in rushing with 48 yards. He was followed by Jacob Sandvig with 34, and Krause with 20. Max McCulloch was the leading receiver – he nabbed 82 yards, and was followed by Breyden Miller with 27. For the defense, freshman Bennett Schwenn led in tackles with eight, followed by Sandvig with six. Toby Schneck had five, and Nick Ruhr added three.
Coach Adolph Shepardson commented, “It was a very even, competitive game. Tri-Valley made three big plays in the second half that helped them overcome a 12-14 halftime deficit. We had a very young team on the field last night and I was proud of how they battled and left it all on the field. This season was about laying a foundation for future success and I hope our young guys buy in to what we want to accomplish. We will continue to work on our strength & conditioning, our leadership attributes, our work ethic, on being good teammates, and on accepting responsibility for all they we are expected to do. I want to thank the Seniors for their years of service to the Bulldog Football Program and I look forward to the future and continuing to build Bulldog football into a top notch 11A program.”