|Gleason canines take bite out of FC |
|Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 11:49 am |
|Gleason had more bite than Fulton City during Friday’s 42-7 triumph in “Tater Town.” |
The Bulldogs from Tennessee totaled 420 yards of offense, while their canine counterparts from Kentucky gained just 138 yards.
That said, FC did enjoy at least one bright spot as it held the lead for the first time during the 2010 campaign and the tenure of rookie head coach Brad Rozzell.
“I thought we showed improvement,” Rozzell said of his team’s second consecutive 35-point defeat. “On so many of the plays, we had 10 guys doing their jobs, but the one that wasn’t happened to be where they were going.
“I feel like the coaching staff is working to the best of its ability and that the players are, too — 99.9 percent of the time. Our job as coaches is to got the players to work to the best of their ability 100 percent of the time.”
Fulton City went ahead early in the second quarter moments after Devon Jackson returned a kickoff 50 yards to give the Kentuckians great field position.
Rondell Bransford, who totaled exactly 100 yards on 21 carries, darted to paydirt from 12 yards out for the touchdown and Lerenzo Ruiz booted the extra-point through the uprights to put FC up 7-6 with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter.
Gleason rushed back as fullback James Owen dove into the endzone with 8:44 remaining in the second to put the Tennessee team back on top.
Owen, who finished with three touchdowns and 121 rushing yards on 17 carries, scored once more in the second quarter when he made an 11-yard trip to paydirt with 4:12 to go.
Though down 18-7, Rozzell claimed Fulton City wasn’t out of it at halftime. However, Gleason delivered the knockout blow early in the third.
Blake Taylor returned a fumble 30 yards to the endzone to take any remaining wind out FC’s sails and put Gleason up 26-7 after Owen took in the two-pointer.
Gleason went on to score twice more as Connor Verdell made an 18-yard trip across the goalline in the third quarter and Gabe Lowrance dove in from four yards out during the fourth.
Defensively, Fulton City was led by Dustin Papierski’s eight-tackle effort. Papierski also intercepted a pass.
Additionally, Adam Hamrick had seven stops for the Kentucky Bulldogs, while Bransford, Bubba Kirby and Justin Kight were all in on six takedowns.
FC travels to Murray this week, while Gleason hosts West Carroll.