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BREAKING: Bay shows fight in season-opening setback

August 28, 2010 | 04:58 PM
Beaver Dam -- At least for one more week, the Williams Bay football team will search for its first win since 2007.

The consecutive streak extended to 20 games Saturday afternoon at Wayland Academy with a 30-14 loss, but there were several positives for the Bulldogs. It was the most points scored for the Bay since September 2008 and the closest margin of defeat since 2008.

Head coach Bud Breen said his guys have taken a huge step since last year.

"It was nice to see some first downs and long drives," Breen said. "We're asking the guys to keep going and take that next step. We still need to work on tackling technique."

Wayland jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead and bumped it up to 22-0 in the third quarter, but the Bay came right back late in the third with a long drive capped off by a 20-yard touchdown run by Josh Hills. Jeremiah Pantojas found Hills for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 22-8.

But the Bay had no answer all day for senior running back Will Allen, who ran for more than 100 yards and three touchdowns.

Jorge Huerta led the Bay with 55 yards rushing, and Hills added 52.

Huerta admitted he could have done better at linebacker to stop Allen.

"We just need to work as a team," Huerta said. "Our blitz needs to improve. I need to work on that, too. We need to wrap up and get lower on tackles. I'll be honest, I didn't always wrap up."

The Bay will now look for that first win at home Friday against Living Word Lutheran.

"We need to throw the first punch," Huerta said. "If we don't score, our attitude goes down. Most of it is mental. We will be ready Friday."

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

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