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Penalties and mistakes at key moments keep Culver football squad from capturing a big win on the road

TONY AHERN  - Culver football coach Brian Silbergnagel checks his play list during a recent game. The Bulldogs came very close to pulling off a major upset Friday, Oct. 21, losing 30-26 against No. 2-ranked Lowell on the road. Culver's football squad nearly pulled off a huge upset on the road Friday against the No. 2-ranked Lowell.

But after falling behind early, the Bulldogs' late comeback fell short and they lost the game, played at Mohawk High School, 30-26.

"We had a slow start and a bunch of penalties (including a holding call that negated a touchdown)," said coach Brian Silbernagel. "About halfway through the third quarter, we started playing better."

The Dawgs got to within four and got the ball back with just under four minutes remaining. Quarterback Houston Wittenberg connected on a pass over the middle that would have moved the Dawgs to near midfield. But Lowell forced and recovered a fumble on the play, and were then able to run out the clock.

On the night, senior running back Logan Macy rushed for 48 yards but also did the throwing back to quarterback Wittenberg twice, on plays that totaled 73 yards.

Roger Sotelo scored on a pass play and also a run for Culver. Ryan Sotelo also scored on a TD pass from Wittenberg.

On defense, Carlos Fernandez scored on a pick-six interception for Culver.

"It came down to us making mistakes at unfortunate times," said assistant coach Nate Barber.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., Culver, now 3-4 overall and ranked 13th, is at 0-6 Blanchet Catholic. The Bulldogs finish the regular season with a another chance to be giant killers when current No. 1-ranked Colton comes to town on Oct. 28.

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