Messenger Sports Briefs for September 27

Messenger Sports Briefs for September 27

Fulton City blanked
by Ballard Memorial

Ballard Memorial shut out Fulton City 47-0 on the high school gridiron on Friday.
The Bombers (2-3, 1-0 in Kentucky First District) enjoyed a 34-0 advantage at intermission.
FC running back Rondell Bransford (knee) and quarterback Mason Garland (possible concussion) both left Friday’s contest due to injury.
Before the injury, Bransford ran for 41 yards on 15 carries in a little over two quarters of play. Garland, who was relieved by Bubba Kirby, was 2-for-5 passing for 16 yards at the time of his injury.
Bomber quarterback Alex Mallory, who went over 1,000 yards passing for the season and now has 10 TD tosses in 2010, finished 8-for-14 for 172 yards and a touchdown vs. the Bulldogs.
Fulton City returns to action this Friday at home against Mayfield.

Local trio helps out
on college gridiron

A trio of college football players with local ties contributed to games on Saturday.
2010 Union City graduate Josh Nicks, currently at  Ohio Valley Conference leader South-east Missouri, had a special teams tackle during his team’s 23-21 triumph over Tennessee Tech.
Meanwhile, Obion Central product Patrick Haskins carried the pigskin four times for nine yards as Austin Peay lost 70-3 to nationally-ranked Wisconsin.
At Bethel University in McKenzie, UC product John Graham booted three point-after kicks during the Wildcats’ 35-33 defeat to Cumberland (Ky.) College.
For the season, Graham has kicked 12 successful PATs and one field goal.

Murray State pair
gain OVC honors

A pair of Murray State football players took home Ohio Valley Conference honors in the wake of the Racers’ first win of the season.
Dontrell Johnson was named the OVC Specialist of the Week, while Mike Harris earned Newcomer of the Week honors as the Racers beat the UT Martin 52-16 on Saturday.
It was Murray’s first win vs. UTM since 2004.
Additionally, Jacksonville State’s Jamal Young, Southeast Missouri’s Henry Harris and Tennessee State’s Preston Brown shared the league’s Offensive Player of the Week award.
TSU linebacker Rico Council was the circuit’s top defender.

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