The Bulldogs suffered a 46-0 loss to the Webster Bearcats on Homecoming, Friday, September 27, at A.B. Campbell Stadium. Milbank’s record slips to 2-4 this season.
The Bulldog offense struggled from the get-go. Milbank received the ball to start the game. On the third play, quarterback Kaden Krause’s pass was intercepted. Webster ran the ball to the end zone for a 20-yard pick six. The extra point kick was good, and Webster took a 7-0 lead.
Midway through the first quarter, Krause had another pass intercepted. The Bearcats marched down the field and capitalized on a two-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs blocked the extra point kick. The score remained 13-0 at th4 end of the first period.
The Bulldogs were stopped and forced to punt to start the second quarter. Webster returned the punt to the house, but a block in the back penalty on Webster brought the ball out to their own 41-yard line. On the next play, Webster’s quarterback was tied up, but managed to throw the ball over the defenders’ heads. Milbank’s Max McCulloch
On the next play, Krause threw his third interception. Webster eventually converted the turnover into a 63-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, however, and Milbank trailed 19-0.
The Dawgs fumbled the ball on the Webster kickoff, and the Bearcats recovered on Milbank’s 30-yard line. Webster found pay dirt again on a 13-yard touchdown run. The kick was successful, which widened the gap to 26-0.
Near the end of the first half, a Webster running back sprinted through the Bulldogs, up the middle of the field, and into the end zone, but several penalty flags were scattered on the field. Webster was charged with a block in the back penalty, and Milbank was given a face mask penalty. The two offset each other, and the down was replayed.
With just over a minute left, Webster converted on a 43-yard touchdown pass. The kick failed. Milbank went into halftime trailing 32-0.
The Bulldog defense tightened things up in the second half. They held Webster scoreless in the third quarter, but were unable to produce any points.
Early in the final period, Webster scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass. The kick was good, and the score moved to 39-0 with seven minutes remaining.
Will Cummins fumbled the ball on a kickoff, which was recovered by Webster. The Bearcats put the final nail in the coffin with a one-yard touchdown run to end the game at 46-0.
Milbank finished with just 96 yards of total offense. The Dawgs accumulated 52 yard passing and 44 yards rushing. Webster racked up 389 yards of offense coming from 93 yards passing and 296 yards rushing. The Bulldogs committed five turnovers. Webster had one.
Krause completed 8-18 passing for 52 yards with three interceptions. JD Lusk led the ground attack with 38 yards on 14 carries. Bennett Schwenn had six yards on one carry, Sawyer Gauer added three yards on one tote.
McCulloch caught two passes for 20 yards. Michael Karges had 18 yards on two receptions, and Cummins tallied 14 yards on two catches.
For the defense, Schwenn led the team with six tackles. McCulloch and Nick Ruhr followed with five, and Maddox Hanson had four. Gauer, Karson Weber, Leyton Raffety, Connor Bender, and Dillion Schneck each had three tackles.
Photo – The Bulldog defense brings down a Bearcat. Bulldogs (left to right) Noah Steinlicht (#18), Leyton Raffety (#50), Nick Ruhr (#42), Toby Schneck (on the ground, #58), Dillion Schneck (on the ground, #43), and Max McCulloch (#7)