|Redemption was Fulton City’s Friday night in the Bulldogs’ 48-20 win over Murray.
Fulton City, which remained unbeaten through six games this season, had defeated the Tigers on the field last season for just the third time in the last half-century. That 28-14 victory, however, was turned into a 1-0 forfeit in Murray’s favor after an ineligible player was discovered on FC’s team.
The former First District rivals faced off Friday in Murray with the ’Dawgs taking a defensive bite out of the Tigers early on.
In the first quarter, Troy Gossett returned a fumble to paydirt with Antwain Porterfield running in the PAT to put the ’Dawgs up 8-0 with 9:34 remaining in the period.
Fulton’s next strike came early in the second quarter with the offense leading the way.
Daeron Williams took in his first of three touchdowns in the game with 9:22 left in the first half. Porterfield banged his way through traffic for his second two-pointer of the outing to put FC ahead 14-0.
Bulldog quarterback Aaron Wilson capped his team’s early 22-0 lead nearly midway through the second quarter with a plunge from a yard out.
For Murray (2-5), the team’s only score of the first half came from a last second interception return.
The two-point conversion failed as Fulton City held a 22-6 lead at the intermission.
After a standstill to begin the third quarter and nearly nine uneventful minutes, Jacquise Lockett increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 28-6 with a one-yard dive with 3:07 remaining in the period.
In the fourth quarter, Williams again made his presence known after Murray’s second score.
The speedy superstar running back scampered in from 13 yards out with 9:58 remaining to put the ’Dawgs up 36-13.
Just over three minutes later, Williams displayed his highly-touted long-distance rushing efficiency with a 57-yard dash that ended when he crossed the plane of the goal line for another touchdown.
The Bulldogs’ final score come at the end of a 90-yard sprint by Wilson with 5:23 left in the game.
Wilson paced the Fulton offense with 187 yards on 13 carries with Williams tacking on 159 yards on 21 carries in the triumph.
Defensively, Lockett led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles with Porterfield (8), Kentrell Rouse (6) and Williams (5) among the other standouts on the tackle chart.
Fulton City has its second bye week in three weeks this week.
The Bulldogs will need every moment they can get to prepare for a return to action Oct. 19 at Mayfield in a game that will decide the First District’s regular season champion.