|Blown-out Bulldogs better? |
|Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 6:52 pm |
|New Fulton City head coach Brad Rozzell insisted he saw improvement despite his team’s 41-6 defeat to Lake County on Friday evening. |
“The defense was out of place a lot of times and not in position to make some plays last week (in a 41-0 jamboree loss to Greenfield),” Rozzell said. “This week, we got to where we needed to be in order to make plays, but either we just didn’t or they made us miss.
“We knew how good Lake County was coming in and what we were up against. I thought we put our heads down once we got behind in the jamboree. This week, we kept fighting. I’ll sleep a lot better tonight than I did after the jamboree.”
Falcon quarterback Sam Hayes didn’t give up the fight either with two touchdown runs on an evening where he made just six carries for a total of 132 yards.
Hayes’ made his first trip — a 43-yard run — to the endzone with 10:51 remaining in the first quarter. He also dashed 80 yards for another score with 5:52 to go in the first.
In between Hayes’ two long touchdowns scampers, FC, which stuck almost exclusively with its I-formation on Friday, did show some life, driving deep into Lake County territory before a fumble killed what turned out to be the Bulldogs’ best drive and only scoring opportunity of the first half.
Meanwhile, the Falcons, starting their second tenure with David Barger as the head coach on Friday, tacked on two more scores in the first quarter as Devon Jones made a 10-yard carry to the endzone and Chris Mills picked off a Mason Garland aerial for a 10-yard interception return to paydirt.
After one quarter, Lake County was ahead 27-0.
Lightning delayed the game — and the LC scoring machine — for 30 minutes early in the second period.
After the weather delay, Ricky Boyd returned a punt 39 yards for a score and Rafael Tyler jotted in from six yards out with 20 seconds remaining in the first half to make the score 41-0.
The Bulldogs’ lone touchdown came in the fourth.
Senior running back Rondell Bransford set up the score with a pair of long runs (18 and 17 yards). Then, Garland found Bubba Kirby for an eight-yard touchdown and the first FC score of the 2010 campaign.
Offensively, Bransford led the way for the Bulldogs with 41 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Fulton City travels to Gleason this Friday, while Lake County entertains Fulton County.