After nearly three months of football, the Truckers season came to an end on Friday against the New London Bulldogs.
Both teams were looking to finish their season with a win and the Truckers were hoping to continue their success after beating Xavier the week before.
In the first half, the teams went back and forth but neither was able to score until the second quarter.
The Bulldogs drove down the field, gave the ball to Jacob Schmidt from six yards out and let him pound his way into the end zone. The extra-point was good.
Schmidt’s run was the only score of the first half and it would stay that way through most of the third quarter, until Tyler Raschke ran in for another score giving New London the 14-0 lead.
Later in the fourth quarter, still trailing 14-0, the Truckers began to move down the field. With 4:04 left in the game, Jake Reiter scored from one yard out. Reiter also added the extra-point.
New London then got the ball back, but was quickly stopped by the Truckers defense.
The Truckers would have a chance to score but they were also working against the clock. They moved the ball down the field and with 1:02 left, Nick Hogen flared out a screen pass to Skyler Lehman. Lehman made the first man miss, stiff-armed the next defender and carried two more players into the end-zone for the score.
Clintonville then decided to go for two – and, in turn, the win.
Hogen took the snap, rolled out, threw a short pass to Nathan Poppe and seemed to have won the game. The referee however, called Poppe outside of the end zone.
The Truckers then tried for an onside kick, but lost it and New London finished the game by kneeling the ball.