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Mark Pollock breaks a tackle and takes it in for a touchdown during Friday night’s season-opening win against Fowler. Pollock finished the game with 254 yards rushing and six touchdowns as Fulton won 40-12.

Raiders roll past Fowler in season opener

Mark Pollock breaks a tackle and takes it in for a touchdown during Friday night’s season-opening win against Fowler. Pollock finished the game with 254 yards rushing and six touchdowns as Fulton won 40-12.

by Rob Tetro

Jeff Rothrock couldn’t have asked for a better way to begin his tenure as head coach of the Fulton varsity football team.

Led by Mark Pollock, the Raiders cruised to a 40-12 win against Fowler last Friday.

Fowler began the game by receiving the opening kickoff. During Fowler’s first possession of the game, the Raiders’ defense was aggressive attacking the line of scrimmage. Fowler was forced to punt following a three-and-out opening possession.

Pollock returned the punt 50 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 10:12 left in the first quarter.

Early on, Fowler attempted to spread the field on offense. It appeared wanted to utilize its team speed. However, Fulton was just as fast, if not faster. Fowler got little out of its second drive of the game and were forced to punt.

Though Pollock didn’t duplicate his previous punt return, he was poised to strike again. A few plays into the drive, the Raiders were deep in Fowler territory but faced a fourth-down play. Fulton quarterback Jacob Crucitti took the snap and dumped off a quick screen play to Pollock. Pollock caught the ball and juked left and found a seam to the endzone. Crucitti’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Pollock gave Fulton a 14-0 lead with 6:23 left in the first quarter.

On offense, Fulton spent a lot of time in the shotgun, spreading the field. Its offensive line created holes for Pollock while protecting Crucitti.

Crucitti and Pollock impressively complimented each other during the numerous zone option read plays that were called. If the seam was there for Crucitti, he faked the handoff to Pollock and got nice yardage. If there wasn’t any room to run, Crucitti handed the ball of to Pollock, who didn’t disappoint.

Fowler got its offense moving during its third possession of the game. Despite driving in Fulton territory, Fowler fumbled the ball back to the Raiders with 4:34 left in the first quarter.

It seemed as if Fulton was poised to expand its lead. Pollock began the drive with a 30-yard run. Despite nearing the goal line, however, Fowler stopped Fulton on downs with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

After using multiple sets of formations, mostly in the shotgun, Fowler made a few adjustments. It moved its quarterback under center and added a player or two along the offensive line.

Late in the first quarter, Fowler put together a nice drive, which featured a couple of solid runs up the middle of the field. Despite the promising start to the drive, Fowler fumbled the ball back to Fulton.

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Bodley Bulletins: September 6, 2012

by Kate Rothrock

It is hard to believe that summer is over and school is back in full swing!

Although summer was enjoyable, I know everyone is ready, excited, and even a little nervous to go back to school.

Today is the first day for all grades at G. Ray Bodley High School while Wednesday was Freshman First Day — a day where only freshmen attend school.

The freshmen enjoyed a fashion show put on by teachers and upperclassmen, an activity fair, and the chance to get the hang of their schedule and their new school.

To introduce myself, my name is Kate Rothrock and I will be a senior at GRB. In my high school years, I have played soccer, volleyball and lacrosse.

This past season my lacrosse team had the opportunity to play in the sectional finals as well as earn the title of league champions for the first time in Fulton lacrosse history.

I have also participated in Spanish club, OCAY league, National Honor Society, make the grade tutoring, and have helped coach youth lacrosse.

I look forward to writing the Bodley Bulletins this year!

Although school is just starting, fall sports have been in session for many weeks.

The fall sports include boys and girls soccer, football, girls tennis, girls volleyball, cross country, golf, and cheerleading.

All teams have been working hard these past couple weeks to prepare for their first games.

As many of you may know, the varsity football team has a new coaching staff. Jeff Rothrock has taken over the position of head coach after being an assistant coach for 15 years.

Coach Rothrock is assisted by Coach Halladay, Coach Gallini, Coach Bono and Coach VanBuren.

The varsity football team took on Fowler on their home turf last Friday to open the season strong with a 40-12 win.

When asked about the upcoming season, senior Cody Dick stated, “It was a great first step for the season. It gives us confidence for the tough road ahead.”

I know the team, as well as the whole community, is excited to see how the season plays out.

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New era begins for Fulton football program

by Rob Tetro

This Friday, Jeff Rothrock will man the sidelines as head coach of the Fulton varsity football team.

After 16 seasons working within the program, he is wasting little time making his presence felt.

The goals he has for his team are very simple but straight to the point. Rothrock said he wants his team to be both physically and mentally tougher than they had been in previous years. However, he doesn’t pull any punches.

“Ultimately, our goal is to be better in the win-loss column,” Rothrock said.

On paper, Fulton appeared to be an experienced team. However, once practice began, Rothrock said he soon found that his team lacked the experience he was hoping to see from them.

Though there are many juniors and seniors on the team, many sat behind a handful of seniors that were on the team a year ago.

As the regular season approaches, the Raiders appear to be smaller in terms of numbers. The slightly lower turnout allows Rothrock to set the foundation for the future of Fulton Football while allowing a notable amount of junior varsity players on the team as well.

This summer, Fulton’s conditioning program was as successful as its been in a long time, the coach said.

Rothrock mentioned that there were 15 to 20 players taking part in the four-night-a-week program throughout the summer.

Benefits of the conditioning program were noticed during the first day of practice. Coaches asked more of the players physically and most of the players were able to oblige.  Rothrock said he wants his team to strive to be better conditioned than any team they face.

The Raiders have not named any captains for the opening game as of press time.

This season, Fulton will not have just one set group of captains. Rather, the players have been informed of the criteria of which a captain will be named.

As the season goes on, Rothrock hopes that many players step up and meet the criteria he’s looking for in a captain.

The process of evaulation will be a season-long one. Once the season begins, they will most likely name captains on a week to week basis.

Rothrock suggested that it will be a positive sign, in general, if he is able to name an abundance of captains by seasons end.

This season, Fulton is determined to make up for some of the tough losses they have endured in recent years.

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Longtime assistant to lead Fulton

by Rob Tetro

Jeff Rothrock is going into his 16th season as a Fulton football coach.

This season, however, will be his first as a head coach.

Rothrock is replacing Mike Conners, who was hired as the athletic director and football coach in Oswego.

Rothrock pointed out that Fulton’s football program isn’t at the level that it needs to be.

He added that the coaching staff is ready to set the foundation for development towards the competitive landscape that they feel they belong in.

Part of this process includes working to increase competition from a week to week basis with the expectation of being even tougher on game day.

Rothrock said he hopes to create an environment where his players are developing on and off the field.

“Whether that growth is as a football player, in the classroom or as a person, we will challenge them to become better,” Rothrock said.

Craig Halladay, Bob Galini J.r, Chuck Bono and Chuck VanBuren will serve as assistant coaches.

Fulton football practices begin Aug. 13.

Ready for lacrosse – The Fulton Lady Raider Lacrosse Booster Club will be hosting a chicken barbecue and summer youth sign up March 24 from 11:30 a.m. until sold out at the Fulton Polish Home. Pictured are some of the girls who participated last year.

Fulton girls lacrosse registration, barbecue set

Ready for lacrosse – The Fulton Lady Raider Lacrosse Booster Club will be hosting a chicken barbecue and summer youth sign up March 24 from 11:30 a.m. until sold out at the Fulton Polish Home. Pictured are some of the girls who participated last year.

The Fulton Lady Raider Lacrosse Booster Club will be hosting a chicken barbecue and summer youth sign up March 24 from 11:30 a.m. until sold out at the Fulton Polish Home.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support K-12 girls Lacrosse programs in the Fulton community.

The all-volunteer organization expects nearly 200 local girls to participate.
Youth sign-ups for girls and league information will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dinner includes half a chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans and roll with butter.

Pre-sale tickets are available by calling Jeff Rothrock at 598-4414.