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Raw Fulton City a treat for Dresden

Raw Fulton City a treat for Dresden
Fulton City was at its rawest form during its scrimmage Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs, who had just two days of hitting in pads under their belts due to the KHSAA’s restrictions on having practice in high temperatures, took to the field, where they were bettered 2-0 by Dresden.
“Overall, I’m pleased with our efforts in this scrimmage,” FC head coach Wayne Lohaus said afterward. “Dresden has been practicing two-a-days for quite some time and they’re a 2A school in Tennessee.
“Quite frankly, I thought with our lack of practice that it would end up 5-0 or 6-0.”
The Bulldogs return to action Friday night when they host the Ken-Tenn Jamboree.
The action is set to begin at 5:30 on the local field with Fulton County battling against Dresden.
Other pairings in the jamboree will include South Fulton against Reidland, Ballard Memorial vs. Greenfield and Fulton City playing host to Gleason.
On Friday, FC was without the services of its biggest offensive threat in the person of Aaron Wilson.
Wilson, who rushed for just under 1,000 yards last season, has yet to practice with the team due to his participating on an AAU summer league basketball team.
Starting in Wilson’s place was Fred Lindsay, who has never played high school football — according to Lohaus — and the inexperience showed.
On four occasions during the 30 offensive-play scrimmage, the Bulldogs fumbled the exchange from the center to the quarterback.
“Obviously, a key part for any team is their quarterback,” Lohaus quickly pointed out. “When Wilson is ready and can get in there, we expect our offense to gel quite a bit more but, until then, we are getting to take a look at our other options at that position.”
It appeared as if the Fulton City defense had its game face on during its first stint on the field.
During the first nine plays of the Lions’ offensive effort, FC forced one fumble while allowing just 30 yards.
However, on the 10th and final play of the drive, Dresden running back Zach Jolley busted free for a 40-yard scamper and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ offense struggled to find their handle without Wilson with the only play of substance being a 19-yard gain by Jacquise Lockett on the first play of the team’s second offensive series.
Aaron Glass pounded the ball up the middle for four more yards on the next play, but a Lindsay fumble took the steam out of Fulton City’s offensive sails.
Without the services of Wilson, the Bulldogs struggled as they crossed midfield just once over the course of the outing.
Dresden scored once more with quarterback Isaac Butler finding Alex Robinson for a 17-yard touchdown toss.
Lion fullback Jackie Dean helped to set up that score with a 20-yard powering of the football up the middle.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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