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Oswego quarterback Garrett Dunsmoor tries to gain extra yards as Fulton’s Cody Dick makes a tackle during Friday’s game against Fulton. Fulton lost 22-6.

Oswego tops Fulton football

Oswego quarterback Garrett Dunsmoor tries to gain extra yards as Fulton’s Cody Dick makes a tackle during Friday’s game against Fulton. Fulton lost 22-6.

by Rob Tetro

Led by former Fulton Coach Mike Conners, Oswego defeated the Fulton football team 22-6 on homecoming and Senior Night Friday at the Fulton Athletic Complex.

Oswego’s running backs, behind a solid offensive line, ran for nearly 200 yards en route to the win.

Prior to the game, the Red Raiders recognized 13 seniors who were playing in their final regular season home game. Jake Crucitti, Jordan Baldwin, Mountain Raley, Cody Dick, Josh Kukrowski, Jeremy Wilcox, Kenny Holbrook, Nick Britton, Patrick Fink, Solano Sanchez, and Tim Conners were honored for their contributions to the Fulton football program.

The game began with the Red Raiders receiving the opening kickoff. Fulton took the ball nearly the length of the field during its opening possession. Crucitti found Dick on a crucial third-down completion, which brought the Red Raiders deep into Oswego territory.

Oswego, however, stopped Fulton on downs with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

With 4:50 left in the first quarter, Oswego caught the Red Raiders off guard. Quarterback Garrett Dunsmoor faked a hand off and rolled slightly to his right. Dunsmoor then found Alex Makin coming out of the backfield to the left on a wheel route for the score and a 8-0 lead.

Following a Red Raider punt, Oswego was quick to pick up where it left off as the game moved into the second quarter. After picking up a first down on fourth and short deep in Fulton territory, Oswego struck again.

The Bucs took a 16-0 lead with 8:28 left in the second quarter when Alex Makin muscled his way in for the score from a yard out.

The Red Raiders kept Oswego at bay as the game moved into the second half. During the third quarter, Fulton executed its most promising drive since its opening drive of the game.

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Former athletes reflect on Coach Mike Conners

by Rob Tetro

Nearly a week ago, the news became official.

The Oswego City School District’s web site acknowledged that Fulton’s Mike Conners was now its new football coach and athletic director.

The turn of events marked the conclusion of one of the most memorable coaching eras in the history of Fulton athletics.

Towards the end of 2011, Conners surpassed the 500 win mark as head coach of the Fulton varsity wrestling team. Overall, Conners led Fulton to 510 wins on the mat.

While at the helm of the Fulton varsity football team, Conners had a record of 110-54. Oddly enough, Conners’ last victory was a 22-8 win over Oswego in last fall’s season finale.

Conners influenced the lives of many during his 25 years as a coach, including Hannibal varsity cross country and track and field Coach Dan Pawlewicz, Army Sergeant Derrik Wise and former Syracuse University football player Jason Tanner.

Pawlewicz was a junior when Conners took over as head coach of the wrestling team in 1987. During his first year, the team had a 15-1 record, which put the Raiders in the top 5 in all of New York State.

Conners replaced another legendary coach in Wayne Bleau in 1987. Pawlewicz suggested that 25 years later, history is repeating itself.

“There is another set of huge shoes to fill,” Pawlewicz said.

During the 1988-89 season, Pawlewicz was a senior tri-captain on a team that proved to be among the best teams in the country. Conners led the Red Raiders to his first New York State High School Wrestling Championship following an undefeated season.

When Pawlewicz recalls his senior year as a tri-captain of one of the best wrestling teams in the country, there aren’t many words that come to mind that describe what that team was built on.

However, he pointed out that the athletes worked hard, showed dedication, set goals, understood tradition and acknowledged their teammates in a way similar to how they would acknowledge their own siblings.

Wise referred to Conners as a “total class act.”

He said that Conners has not only been an inspiration but he’s also been a motivator to athletes and other individuals during his tenure in Fulton.

Wise added that he is grateful for the positive influence Conners has had on his life.

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