Early offensive outburst leads team to win

For the second straight week the UW-Eau Claire offense got off to a fast start thanks to junior quarterback Kyle Paulson. Paulson threw for a career high 307-yards and four touchdowns as the Blugolds defeated rival UW-La Crosse 35-21 Saturday night.

Junior tight-end Brett Schreiner was the beneficiary of Paulson’s big night as he also set a career high mark with 129-yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Paulson hit freshman receiver David Goodman less than five minutes into the game on a 40-yard touchdown pass. A little more than two minutes later, Paulson found Schreiner for a 32-yard touchdown and the Blugolds held the early lead 14-0.

Going into the game, the Eagles carried a 0-4 overall record. But the Eagles were not going to go down without a fight. Anytime the Blugolds and Eagles meet up head coach Todd Glaser expects a tough game.

“I think especially in this conference, every team can beat any team, so when you go into the game that just builds a fire,” Glaser said.

The Eagles would make it a one score game before the end of the first quarter as they scored a touchdown but failed on the extra point to make it 14-6. The Blugolds responded as Paulson found Schreiner again for an 11-yard touchdown pass to put them up again by two touchdowns.

The Blugolds and Eagles would both score one more time before the end of the half. Junior running back Cory Sartorelli scored his only touchdown of the night to give the Blugolds a 28-14 lead going into halftime. Sartorelli faced a tough run defense all night as he finished with 81-yards rushing, but that is what helped open up the passing game.

“The defense has to pick and choose and last night they chose to stop the run, so that led to more opportunities in the pass game,” Schreiner said.

The second half did not see much scoring as both teams only scored one touchdown a piece. The Blugolds struck first as Paulson threw his fourth touchdown of the game, it was a 20-yard strike to junior receiver Spencer Kehoe.

The Eagles would manage one more score, but most of the starters on defense were already out of the game for the Blugolds. The defense turned in yet another solid performance for the team as they held the Eagles to 262-yards of total offense.

“They (the defense) definitely are that backbone for our team, they have been for the last couple years,” Schreiner said.

Next, the Blugolds will return home to take on UW-River Falls. The Falcons will come in carrying a record of 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference. Coach Glaser is not going to take the Falcons lightly.

“They’re going to come in ready to play, they’re a good football team and they are coached well,” Glaser said. “In this league if you’re not ready to play you’re going to get beat.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Carson Park.