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FOOTBALL: Bulldogs fall 35-7 to Monarchs in finale

Monday, October 24, 2011

DENISON -- Le Mars Community surrendered 35 points before escaping a goose egg with a fourth-quarter touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Levi Te Brink as the Bulldogs dropped a 35-7 decision on the road at Denison-Schleswig in the final game of the regular season.

"It was a frustrating night for Levi (because he needed) to have time to make something happen," said Le Mars head coach Jim Boyd, whose Bulldogs ended the season losing five straight after posting their lone win of the season on the road at Spencer in Week 4. "We don't want him rolling out, but he doesn't have much of a choice. The pocket is breaking down and he's trying to make something happen."

Te Brink completed 9-of-24 passes for 115 yards and one interception in the Week 9 loss.

"We put the game in Levi's hands and that meant we're going to throw a little more than we usually do," Boyd said. "If you're going to live by the pass, you're going to die by the pass and get picked from time to time."

Kolin Brooks hauled in three catches for 59 yards while Kendall Candor wrapped up three receptions for 46 yards.

Ryan De Vos, Travis Kinney and Jake Schneider each had receptions for the Bulldogs (1-8, 1-6).

On the ground, Te Brink rushed for 50 yards and the team's only touchdown.

Brennan Buss carried five times for 35 yards and Kinney rushed five times for 17 yards.

The Bulldogs allowed the Monarchs to roll up 302 yards of total offense in the win.

Andy Heffner made 11 solo tackles and assisted on two more to lead the Bulldogs defensively.

Matt Strub made five solo stops, including two for a loss, and assisted on two more while Baily Schmidt had four solo tackles (one for loss) and one assisted tackle.

Buss and Brody Mathey each made three solo stops and had one assist each.

The Monarchs scored twice in the opening quarter, first on Brady Thies' 58-yard run and then on a 21-yard pass from Derek Hall to Austin Eller.

The Monarchs boosted their lead to 21-0 with Hall's 13-yard touchdown strike to Grant Reitz and Tanner Petersen scored from one yard out to give the Monarchs a 28-0 lead at the intermission.

Thies scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to give the Monarchs a 35-0 advantage before Te Brink scored on a 10-yard run in the final quarter.

The Bulldogs were penalized 12 times for 95 yards in the loss; the Monarchs were flagged 12 times and lost 105 yards.

Denison-Schleswig ended its season on a positive note after starting the year 4-0 and dropping its next four to bring a 4-4 mark into Friday's matchup with Le Mars.

Neither team will advance into the postseason.

Le Mars graduates nine seniors from its 2011 team: Brooks, Schneider, Schmidt, De Vos, Blake Wiltgen, Nick Urban, Ben Carpenter, Alex Cook and Andrew Theisen.

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