The Le Mars Community freshman football team's perfect season was spoiled Monday in Emmetsburg as the host E-Hawks dealt the Bulldogs a 36-13 setback.
Turnovers proved Le Mars' downfall as Emmetsburg picked off three passes. Brayton Ringsdorf, Jordan Eisma, Scott Borchers and Anthony Schimek were a combined 0 for 6 passing as the Bulldogs were limited to no passing yards in the game while being out-gained 262-108.
"We turned the ball over and never capitalized on their mistakes," said Coach Doug Mogensen. "This loss will be a good building stone for this team. I think it will be something these players remember for a long time."
Emmetsburg was also without a passing yard in the contest, throwing one interception to Le Mars' Josh Meredith. The E-Hawk ground game churned out 262 yards on 51 offensive plays, compared to only 34 for the Bulldogs.
Ringsdorf led the Le Mars defensive effort with 10 tackles, while Jared Riedemann added five and both Matthew Ferris and Tyler Lancaster 4 1/2. Kaleb Wurth, Schimek, Justin Carpenter and Kelly Lind also had three tackles apiece.
Ferris led what little offense the Bulldogs could manage with 10 carries for 72 yards. Schimek carried 10 times for 35 yards and a touchdown and Ringsdorf had three carries for 16 yards.
The game was not without highlights for the Bulldogs. Riedemann returned a kickoff for 82 yards and a touchdown and Schimek had four kickoff returns for 101 yards. Lancaster also returned one kick for 28 yards, giving the Bulldogs 211 yards in kickoff returns for the game with an average return of 35.2 yards.
The Bulldogs are now 5-1 and will be on the rebound next Monday at Spirit Lake.