An 8-player district championship football game turned into a rout during the second quarter Thursday - and Aurelia wasn't the one doing the routing.
Chris Hemphill rushed for a season-high 212 yards and three touchdowns on 17 totes, and Harris Lake-Park scored all its points in the middle two periods in a 49-3 District 3 statement win over the Bulldogs.
Both teams will appear in next Tuesday's playoffs at 7 p.m., but Harris-Lake Park (7-2, 5-1 district) will play a district runner-up on its home field, while Aurelia (7-2, 5-1) will face a district champ on the road.
The Bulldogs were held to just three yards on 14 carries - and none through the air - in the second half of a rare Thursday night contest designed to give the teams an extra day of playoff preparation. All told, H-LP outgained Aurelia 366-105.
"We didn't even belong on the same field as them," said Bulldogs coach Myron Radke. "They were too quick, too strong. They manhandled us, we have no excuse. It was their night - and they ended up healthy against us, too."
Wolves leading tackler Matt Mayou, who was playing through a knee injury, "is a one-man wrecking crew," Radke said. "He wasn't supposed to play. I hope he never gets healthy if we play them again. Chris Hemphill is a horse. We couldn't get him stopped."
The Dogs ran for just 54 yards on 38 carries, with Jacob Howey leading the way. He gained 39 yards on 13 touches.
Quarterback Jared Bruce accounted for Aurelia's lone score - a 35-yard field goal at the 7:29 mark of the second quarter - and was 3 of 8 passing for 57 yards and no interceptions.
The field goal came just over three minutes after the Wolves broke open a scoreless game with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Ingwersen to Mychal Sheridan. H-LP outscored Aurelia 21-3 in the second period and 28-0 in the third. Neither team scored in the first or fourth frames.
On the receiving end for Aurelia, Aaron Bruce hauled in a pass for 30 yards, Anthony Fowler caught a 14-yarder and Camrin Meyer added a 7-yard snare.
Each team had one turnover - the Bulldogs lost a fumble but Aurelia's Meyer picked off an Ingwersen pass to even things out. Kody Pinkerton recovered Aurelia's other fumble.
Bruce made a team-high seven solo stops for the Bulldogs while Nick Felten added five solos.
Ingwersen threw for 55 yards in the winning cause, completing 4 of 8 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. Wolves teammate Sheridan carried eight times for 70 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his TD catch, and Nate Brueggeman caught another TD strike for 33 yards.
The Wolves sacked Jared Bruce six times and rolled up 314 yards of the rushing variety on 36 carries.
Both teams had touchdowns called back in the first half by penalties - a 15-yard catch by Fowler and a 20-yard snare by Hemphill.
Meyer negated a likely H-LP score with his interception at the goal line just 12 seconds before halftime.
Aurelia assistant coach Mike Fry said the Bulldogs played well in the first quarter, but "everything kind of disintegrated from there."
"At least we get a shot to come back and don't have to end the season with that game," he said.