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Bulldogs play tough against highly ranked Regis, but Rams' deep passing game and Culver blocking issues lead to defeat

TONY AHERN  - Logan Macy carries the ball on a left sweep during the first half of Culver's 53-20 loss to the Regis Rams Oct. 7.An explosive passing attack carried the Regis Rams to a 53-20 win over the Culver Bulldogs in Culver Oct. 7.

Culver struck first, scoring on a nice drive on their first possession when quarterback Houston Wittenberg hit Kellon Abbas on a 1-yard pass on fourth down. Regis moved the ball in the first period, but the Dawgs kept them out of the end zone.

But from the second quarter on, Regis controlled most of the action. The Ram defense owned the line of scrimmage. A blocked punt set Regis up on the Culver 22 at the 8:26 mark of the second quarter. From there, Ram quarterback Kollin Schumacher hooked up with Charlie Miller on a pass and run that took the ball to the 2-yard line. From there, Schumacher kept it on a rollout for a touchdown. Regis kicker Luis Perez-Villegas hammered in the extra point.

Culver again was forced to punt and Schumacher then hit on his first long pass, connecting with Cody Ditter down to the 4-yard line. Regis would soon score its second touchdown.

In the second quarter, the Regis defensive line dominated and kept Culver from getting any traction. But a nice Wittenberg scramble for 12 yards and a Logan Macy run on third-and-five kept the ensuing drive alive. Facing a fourth-and-one near midfield, and trailing 14-7, Culver punted at the 1:23 mark. Regis took control on their own 20.

Perez-Villegas then took it upon himself for the Rams to add points before the half ended. Just two of his long runs had the Rams inside the red zone . A short pass put it inside the 1, where Perez-Villegas took it in from there, leaving just 12 seconds left. He then booted the extra point and the Rams had a 21-7 lead.

Coach Brian Silbernagel's Bulldogs, though, didn't quit with the bad break. They came out in the second half and stuffed Regis on downs on their first possession, and took over on the Rams' side of the field. The Regis defensive pressure harassed Wittenberg all night, but he hooked up with Ryan Sotelo on a short pass to the flat. Picking up some nice blocking downfield, Sotelo carried the short pass into the end zone to cut the Regis lead to a TD. It was 21-14 at the 8:48 mark.

From there, though, it was all Regis. They scored three TDs before the period ended.

After Culver's Lonny Hernandez stuffed a run to make it third-and-five, Schumacher hit Parker Bartholomew over the middle, then hooked up with Tim Crowell deep to put the ball inside the Culver 10. From there, Perez-Villegas walked in on a handoff.

Down 28-14 late in the third, the Dawgs needed offensive action fast. Regis didn't let them have it. Near their own 30, Culver went for it on fourth-and-seven. A good rush forced an incompletion.

Schumacher then hit Crowell again deep for another TD and it was 34-14. Crowell would catch another TD pass over the middle to make it 40-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Culver put together another good drive early in the fourth. Wittenberg and Macy had success running, then Wittenberg threw a short pass to Roger Sotelo, who packed it into the end zone.

Culver tried an onside kick after the TD, but it was unsuccessful. They forced a Regis punt, but couldn't get any offensive traction. Regis would score two more touchdowns before the final buzzer.

Now 5-1, the Rams only loss was to top-ranked Colton 50-48 on the road. Their offensive has averaged 47 points a game.

It doesn't get easier for Culver, now 3-3. They are at No. 2-ranked and 6-0 Lowell next Friday. The two teams have one common opponent, Gervais. The Bulldogs beat Gervais 48-14 and Lowell beat them 56-28 to kick off the season.


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