The home opener for the New London Bulldogs football team was spoiled by the Hortonville Polar Bears on Friday, Aug. 31. Hortonville handed New London a 35-0 loss.
The Polar Bears scored in the first quarter on a 15-yard pass from Andrew Thompson to Mitch Lillge, and Taylor Pahl added the point after. In the second quarter, Thompson threw another touchdown pass to Alex Lasinski, covering 55 yards on the play. Pahl’s kick was good and Hortonville took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
The Polar Bears didn’t let up in the second half, scoring on a three-yard run by Tyler Hyde early in the third quarter and again on a 63 yard scamper by Hyde. Pahl successfully converted the extra point after each touchdown.
Peter Van Beek concluded the scoring with a 32 yard touchdown run, and Pahl again booted the extra point.
Hortonville earned 16 first downs, compared to New London’s five. The Polar Bears netted 383 yards, while New London netted just 65. Hortonville earned 253 yards on the ground, while New London gained 18 rushing yards. The Polar Bears passed for 130 yards, while the Bulldogs gained 47 yards through the air.
Both teams had one interception. Hortonville had eight penalties for 85 yards, while New London had 10 penalties for 74 yards.
Hyde earned 153 rushing yards on 20 carries for Hortonville, while Caleb Chmielewski earned 29 yards on 10 carries for New London. Andrew Thompson passed for 130 yards for the Polar Bears, while Dylan Keehn passed for 23 yards for the Bulldogs.
Mitch Lillge led Hortonville receivers with three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, while Bill Pence had four catches for 42 yards for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs play at Shawano on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.