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Late call goes against Bulldogs, allowing Colton to score and come away with 20-14 victory

COURTESY GRAPHIC  - Culver, now 1-3, faces Regis Friday.The Culver Bulldogs dropped another tight football game on Thursday as they fell 20-14 to the Colton Vikings.

Culver led for much of the ballgame, but a late touchdown gave the Vikings the tight victory.

"We took care of them minus three plays and those three plays caught up with us, but that's OK," Culver head coach Shea Little said. "We had a bunch of guys gone on vacation, so it was just kind of fun to get a game in, and it was a really competitive game, so that was good."

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and drove quickly down the field. However, a 36-yard run to the Colton 5-yard line ended with a fumble, and the Vikings recovered.

Three plays later, Colton was forced to punt, and the Bulldogs were back in business.

Christian Mattson opened the scoring with a touchdown run. The kick by Eduardo Penaloza was good, and the Bulldogs led 7-0.

After a Colton touchdown, the Bulldogs scored again, this time on a short run by Logan Macy. Penaloza's kick was good again, and the Bulldogs led 14-8.

That's the way the game stayed until the fourth quarter.

Colton scored a late touchdown, tying the game 14-14. The Bulldog defense stopped the two-point attempt, preserving the tie.

Then, in an effort to win the game, the Bulldogs went to the air. Macy, who has played quarterback the past two weeks while starting quarterback Anthony Hood has been on vacation, was sacked, and fumbled the ball.

Little noted that he believes that Macy was down before he lost the ball. However, the officials called it a fumble and Colton recovered.

Then, with less than a minute left in the game, Little called timeout.

"We told the kids they are going to run play action; make sure you are locked on your kid," Little said. "We had one kid want to play the run, and they capitalized on it and punched it in. We held them on the two-point conversion again and got the ball back and tried to throw, but the game was over. We ran out of time."

Still, Little was pleased with what he saw from his team. The previous week against Gervais, the Bulldogs got off to a slow start. Thursday, despite missing several starters, Culver was ready to play from the opening whistle.

"It was a good game," he said. "Kids are stepping up. We were super impressed with how they stepped out. We only had two practices before we played on Thursday, and they stepped off the bus ready to go. It was exciting and a competitive game. Obviously, we always want to come out of it with a W, but we saw a lot of improvement and they were battling, so it was good."

The Bulldogs, 1-3, close out the season Thursday on the road against the Regis Rams, who are 3-1 so far this year.

Little says that once again the team will play their starters for the first half, and then give their young kids an opportunity to play.

"They are tough, but that's OK. We are still going to put our young kids in and battle and focus on getting better," Little said. "We are not super focused on the scoreboard this year. We just want to see individual kids improve because, like I said, we are turning around June 13th and going to Boise State for team camp and there is no postseason, so this year is all about getting better."

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