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November 19, 2013

Incredible defense spurs Albia victory

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Albia's offense began to put together a nice drive with the some nice sweeps by quarterback Brett Leshen. The drive, however, was derailed when Brett Leshen was picked off by Cole Erickson. The Bulldogs took fired a couple of throws to the end zone on their last drive of the half, but the attempts rendered no results and the Blue Demons entered halftime with a 7-0 lead.

Mediapolis must have made some adjustments at halftime because their passing attack, which only accounted for only 29 yards in the first half, enjoyed significantly more success in the second half. Meanwhile, Albia's passing and running attack was rendered non-existent by Mediapolis' suffocating second-half defense. After recording nine first downs and 150 rushing yards in the first half, the Blue Demons were held to no first downs and only 14 yards on the ground in the second half.

Fortunately for Albia, the Blue Demon defense continued to play at a high caliber throughout the half. While Mediapolis passing game enjoyed more success in the second half, Albia's swarming defense continued to stuff the Bulldogs' running attack. Schultz, who suffered an ankle injury against Mid-Prairie in Albia's last game, went down and had to be helped off the field with less than a minute left in the third quarter. Fortunately, Schultz would return to the field at some point in the fourth quarter.

Mediapolis running back Drew Buster exploded up the middle for huge gain that advanced the Bulldogs from deep in Blue Demon territory to about mid-field in the fourth quarter. Then Drew Foster found Seth Bietz for a first down on Albia's 23-yard line. But, as they had done all game, the Albia defense came up with a pair of big plays to snatch the momentum back in the Blue Demons favor. First, Dalton Folkerts sacked Foster for a 15-yard loss. Then, on the very next play, Shadow Leshen picked off Foster's pass in the end zone.

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