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FC pups whimper at Murray

FC pups whimper at Murray
Chalk one up for the (’Cats) after Murray’s 56-14 shellacking of Fulton City on Friday evening.
With the age-old cat versus dog battle in mind, the Tigers made the FC team look like pups as the Bulldogs allowed 56 straight points to the opposition and gave up after a few untimely miscues, according to the Bulldogs’ head coach Wayne Lohaus.
“It’s been the same old story all season with us,” Lohaus said. “As soon as something goes against us or we get behind, we just fold. That’s what happened tonight. We opened well enough and even had the lead through a quarter and then we fumbled at their one in the second quarter and instead of trying to get a safety, we just rolled over and played dead.
“Three plays later, they had a touchdown and we were done.”
Fulton City did indeed have the advantage early on against its former First District rival. The Bulldogs drove downfield with a rare nearly four-minute sustained drive rather than a big play and Demarquis Young hauled in the touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Aaron Wilson at the 7:18 mark.
After Murray’s initial series, FC marched deep into the Tigers’ territory, where the untimely miscue happened and the bottom began to fall out and the host team went on its 56-0 run.
Demerius Fields made his way into the endzone from three yards out and Roger Benton put the point-after through the uprights to give Murray a lead it wouldn’t relinquish at the 10:44 mark of the second.
Later in the period, Jamie King, who totaled a game-high 144 rushing yards and four touchdowns, made his first trip to paydirt with an 85-yard sprint with 3:19 remaining in the second half.
However, King wasn’t done as he took the pigskin across the goal line for the second time in the quarter when he scampered in from 10 yards away with 53 seconds remaining.
In the second half, it was much of the same as King recorded touchdown scores of nine and 10 yards, while quarterback Jordan Garland connected on scoring tosses with both Raymond Austin (30 yards) and Kenneth Hammonds (nine yards).
Capping the Tigers’ scoring summary was Bob Fields, who raced in from 13 yards away with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs finally came back to life as they made the game’s final score. Jacquise Lockett, who accumulated 113 rushing yards on 13 carries, dove in from a yard out with 5:34 remaining in the game for that touchdown.
Fulton City was successful on the conversion as sophomore Jack Jones found Rondell Bransford for the two-pointer.
On a side note, the struggling Bulldogs tried shifting Wilson to halfback and switching to a wishbone set during the second half with Young as the quarterback, but that was to no avail.
“Our offensive adjustments were very ineffective this evening,” Lohaus said of his set change. “We tried to put Aaron back there so opponents can’t just key in on him and Jacquise and to give us more options offensively.
“However, we did such a poor job of blocking that it didn’t work out the way we had planed. Hopefully, we can work on our technique in the wishbone set and be more efficient the next time out.”
The Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 23 against Mayfield, while Murray hosts Fulton County this week.

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