|Fulton fumbles ultimate undoing |
|Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 1:34 pm |
|Fulton City fumbled away — literally — any chance it had of upending Ballard Memorial on Friday. |
The Bulldogs put the ball on the ground four times with the Bombers recovering all of those loose balls en route to a 21-12 victory over Fulton City.
Overall, FC outgained Ballard offensively 286-200 but, in the end, it was the team that made the least mistakes that came out on top.
“We fumbled four times and they got them all,” Fulton head coach Wayne Lohaus said after the loss. “That’s just a case of a young and inexperienced football team and the mistakes that are made.
“Unfortunately, they were quick to take advantage of all of our miscues and that was the decider.”
Offensively, Fulton’s top two threats — Jacquise Lockett and Aaron Wilson — turned in respectable nights with the former totaling 125 rushing yards and the latter bouncing back from being held to just six yards against Crittenden County for a total of 91 yards on the ground Friday.
Still, the contributions of the aforementioned pair were overshadowed by a trio of untimely Bulldog mistakes.
Trailing 14-6 at halftime, Fulton City fumbled a kick early in the second half.
The Bombers quickly took advantage of the miscue with Taylor Edging sprinting 42 yards for a rushing touchdown shortly after the mistake.
Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs were unable to recover an onside kick and Ballard Memorial again had the pigskin.
And even though they didn’t score that time, the Bombers ticked precious time off the clock with a 21-6 lead.
Fulton City did pull closer early in the fourth quarter as Wilson broke free for a 24-yard dash to paydirt.
However, the game remained a two-possesion one after Lockett’s two-point conversion attempt failed.
After the game, Lohaus acknowledged it was a roller coaster ride with his squad on the sideline.
“There were times tonight when we played hard football, but after the fumbles, it looked like we weren’t ready to play,” the Bulldog mentor said. “Then, we caught our second wind when Wilson scored in the fourth quarter, but we never could get over the hump.”
The Bombers built the lead with Taylor Edging and Nathan Bledsoe taking in a pair of touchdowns within nearly a minute of each other in the second quarter.
Edging ended the game with 105 rushing yards on 13 carries, his 13-yard TD carry included while Bledsoe’s gallop to paydirt spanned 10 yards.
Fulton City returns to action at Murray on Oct. 10 after taking this coming week off, while Ballard Memorial plays at Murray on Friday.
The Bulldogs are slated to have a bit more help on their offensive and defensive lines when they kick off against the Tigers.
Lowell Shanklin, who played the past three seasons at FC before transferring to Murray when his family moved in the offseason, is back with the Bulldogs’ team.
Shanklin’s family has made a change of residence back into the Fulton area and he should be eligible to play against Murray.
Shanklin, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound senior doubles as a tackle on both sides of the pigskin.
He is expected to give the Bulldogs’ running game a boost thanks to his ability to block on the line.
“We like to run off tackle quite a bit,” Lohaus said. “Getting him back is going to take a little bit of the pressure of of some of my less experienced offensive linemen and hopefully help our backs turn the corner easier when we run off tackle.”