by Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity football team’s game against Mexico Friday was a contest that had been marked on its schedule for months.
Mexico, who had been a league opponent, defeated the Raiders easily the last time it came to Fulton. The Tigers are now in Class B.
Neither team was quite ready for the storm that hit shortly before the games scheduled kickoff. After lightening was spotted, the game was delayed 55 minutes before finally kicking off on a soaked field at the Fulton Athletic Complex.
As a result of the elements that made for slippery conditions, both teams combined for eight fumbles, five of which resulted in turnovers.
In the end, the Red Raiders overcame the weather to come away with a 14-12 win over Mexico.
After both teams fumbled the ball three times in a short time period during the first quarter, Fulton struck first.
The Red Raiders took a 7-0 lead when quarterback Jake Crucitti found Cody Dick slightly slanting from right to left from 16 yards out.
Mexico responded during the second quarter. After a series of penalties forced Fulton to punt from deep within its own territory, the elements effected the punt, which allowed Mexico to work on a very short field.
A few plays later, the Tigers made the score 7-6 when John Eastman scored on a run from seven yards out.
After a scoreless third quarter, both teams took advantage of the opportunities they had during the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders, behind running back Mark Pollock, drove nearly the length of the field. Pollock’s efforts were rewarded when he took the handoff and muscled his way up the middle for the score from 5 yards out.
Pollock’s touchdown gave Fulton a 14-6 lead.
Later in the quarter, Mexico struck back. After stopping the Red Raiders on fourth down, C.J. Loomis immediately made them pay. Loomis took the pitch to the right side of the field and found a seam along the sidelines. After running 64 yards nearly untouched, Loomis brought Mexico within two points of The Red Raiders at 14-12.
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