The Aurelia football team picked up where it left off last year in the regular season, opening the 2004 campaign with a 40-6 win over East Greene here Friday night.
The Bulldogs finished 10-1 last season, winning the district title and beating Remsen-St. Mary's in a close game i the state quarterfinals before losing in the semis to eventual eight-man state champion Sentral Fenton.
The Bulldogs had no trouble in this one, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter, and one each in the second, third and fourth frames.
Aurelia running back Chris Handy opened the game's scoring with 7 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter on a six-yard run. Three minutes later, running back Tim Fordyce scored on a two yard run.
The Bulldogs scored two more times before the end of the opening quarter. With 1:33 left in the frame, quarterback Tyler Nelson scored on a 1-yard sneak and with 33 seconds left, Fordyce scored again, this time on an eight-yard sweep.
Aurelia led 33-0 at the half after Brad Gustafson scored on a one-yard run with 3:42 left in the first half. Fordyce scored on a one-yard run for Aurelia's only touchdown of the third quarter.
East Greene scored on a nine-yard run by Tyler Gannon with three minutes left in the contest.
East Greene was hurt by turnovers, as the Bulldogs recovered two out of six fumbles and intercepted one pass.
The Bulldogs rushed for 161 yards on 37 attempts while limiting East Greene to 70 yards rushing on 28 attempts. Nelson was three of nine in passing for 28 yards while East Greene hit on three of 12 passes for just 20 yards.
Fordyce led the Aurelia rushing attack with 54 yards on ten carries and three touchdowns. Josh Lyon carried nine times for 47 yards while Handy rushed six times for 39 yards.
All-district tight end Matt Berg caught two passes for 16 yards.
Aurelia, 1-0, opens its home season Friday night with a non-district game against Ar-We-Va.