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Bulldog players and fans celebrate following a hard-fought home win over South Salem, on Friday, Oct. 6, 1989.

Tony Overman, Democrat-Herald (File)

The 1989 West Albany Bulldogs seemed determined to surpass expectations from the beginning, sometimes even in the middle of a game.

"We can't physically go out and dominate people," first-year head coach John Olsen told the Democrat-Herald in early September. "But we'll try to have a lot of fresh bodies out there."

What they lacked in size they made up for with intelligence and speed, assets they often — and rather suddenly — unleashed upon stunned opponents.

Two of their biggest tests came in back-to-back weeks, when they faced South Salem and North Salem. The 'Dogs won the former with literally no time left. The other victory came in multiple hard-fought overtimes.

Good teams come close.

Great teams prevail.

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