|Fallen Fulton City not ashamed |
|Posted: Monday, November 17, 2008 6:08 pm |
|Despite losing 35-14 to Holy Cross, Fulton City head football coach Wayne Lohaus insists that his team has nothing to be ashamed of. |
In the first round of the KHSAA playoffs, the Bulldogs kept up with the No. 9-ranked Cougars.
As a matter of fact, Fulton City actually held the lead for much of the first half before HC went ahead to gain a 15-8 advantage at intermission.
“We ended our season on a good note despite the fact that we lost,” Lohaus claimed. “We played excellent in the first half and kept pace with them and really didn’t fall apart until we had a stretch of four injuries during the second half.”
The Bulldogs (3-7) did indeed stay neck and neck with Holy Cross throughout he first half.
During the first Fulton City possession, Aaron Wilson – who played probably earlier than he should have with a high ankle sprain — connected with Demarquis Young for a 38-yard touchdown aerial with just 46 seconds gone from the game clock.
After the TD pass, Jacquise Lockett took in the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 8-0.
The Cougars (7-4) found paydirt for the first time at the 6:18 mark of the first when Matt Hans dove in from a yard out. Jake Haze booted the extra point as Fulton was ahead by a slim 8-7 margin.
The lead would stand for FC until the final two minutes of the first half.
With 1:24 remaining before intermission, Chase Martin made his way in from four yards out and Jim Nauret took in the two-point conversion to give the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish as they went up 15-8.
In the second half, injuries to linemen Shelby Jones, Cedric Bransford, David Beasley and running back Demarquis Young took a toll on the Bulldogs as HC scored three touchdowns after intermission before Fulton City finally offered an answer.
On that final FC TD of the season, Lockett and Wilson both had one more chance to shine as the senior quarterback connected with the star running back on a 54-yard throw.
Lockett was the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 89 yards on 16 carries as he finished the season with an impressive 1,338 yards.
Wilson totaled 47 yards on the ground with three carries of at least 10 yards during the defeat.
The game was the final in a Bulldog football jersey for Wilson, Beasley, Cedric Bransford, Andre Glass, Aaron Glass, Dre Frame, Ventrelle Noonan and Lowell Shanklin.