FULTON, Ill. — Nathan Parchert scored on a 35-yard run with 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining to cap a Rockridge comeback that handed Fulton its first loss of the season, 40-39, on Friday night.
The Rockets improved to 4-0, while the Steamers, ranked fourth in Class 1A, suffered their first loss in four games this fall.
The stunning loss came after Fulton built a 19-point first-half lead behind the spectacular performance by senior running back Austin Schroeder. He racked up almost 300 yards on the ground before halftime and delivered touchdown runs of 54, 76, 66 and 87 yards.
“That was a heck of a high school football game,” Fulton Coach Patrick Lower said on the KCLN radio postgame show. “We go in with a big lead at half, everything going our way. I don’t think our kids let up. They just made plays.”
Schroeder’s final touchdown, on a 35-yard screen pass from Bryce Grant, put the Steamers ahead 39-26 with 6:40 remaining.
But Rockridge came back and pulled within 39-33 on a 25-yard run by quarterback Riley Fetterer with 4:58 left. It was Fetterer's second touchdown run of the game, and he also threw a TD pass.
Fulton’s next series ended with an incomplete pass on fourth-and-3 from the Rockridge 29.
The Rockets then drove 71 yards to the winning score. Fetterer ripped off a key 32-yard gain to the Fulton 35, then Parchert scored his third touchdown on the next play.
The Steamers threatened again after Parchert’s touchdown, but Grant’s pass to Tyler Bruggenwirth was intercepted in the end zone to seal Rockridge’s win. Grant and Bruggenwirth had connected on a 67-yard scoring pass with 22.6 seconds left in the second quarter.
Fulton finished with a 414-348 advantage in rushing yards, a 131-42 edge in passing yards and a 545-390 advantage in total offense.
Thunder win road contest
STOCKTON, Ill. — West Carroll improved to 3-1 on the season with a 14-0 win against Stockton in a Northwest Upstate Illini Conference crossover game.
The Thunder limited the Blackhawks to 72 total yards in the shutout win.
On the other side, West Carroll gained 277 yards, including 115 on the ground from Kaleb Hartman, who carried the ball 24 times.
Hartman gave West Carroll a 6-0 lead when he scored on a 24-yard run with 6:43 left in the second quarter. The Thunder sealed the win with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter when Cory Simpson scored on a 3-yard run and Hartman added the two-point conversion.
Hartman also led the West Carroll with nine tackles, a total equaled by teammate Dean Holm.
No. 1 Newman thumps Mustangs
MORRISON, Ill. — Sterling Newman showed why it’s ranked No. 1 in Class 2A with a 54-0 win against previously unbeaten Morrison on Friday night.
The Comets piled up 332 yards rushing on 34 carries, and their defense allowed minus-8 yards on the ground for Morrison on 38 carries.
Easton Bianchi led the Comets with 95 yards on five carries, Cade Gorzny added 84 yards on 13 carries and Luke Olson added 73 yards on four carries.
Newman (4-0) raced to a 34-0 halftime lead. Bianchi opened the scoring with a 44-yard run with 9:29 left in the first quarter. After a Morrison fumble, quarterback Landen Vesley hooked up with Bianchi for a 34-yard pass play that made it 14-0. Gorzny added a 24-yard run later in the first quarter.
Bianchi ran back a punt 58 yards for a score early in the second quarter, and Olson added a 5-yard run to make it 34-0 with 6:56 left in the half.
Late score sinks Panthers
ERIE, Ill. — Peru St. Bede scored a late touchdown to pull out a 27-26 victory against Erie/Prophetstown to spoil the Panthers’ homecoming game Friday night.
Ben Bernabei scored the winning touchdown on a 7-yard run.
The Panthers (0-4, 0-2 Three Rivers Conference Mississippi Division) had gone ahead 26-21 on a 3-yard run by Garrett Passmore with 3:01 remaining.
Erie/Prophetstown had a 356-150 advantage in total yards. Logan Henrekin, who scored two touchdowns for the Panthers, gained 111 yards on seven carries; quarterback Dillin Tegeler had 109 yards on 13 carries, including a 78-yard scoring run; and Passmore finished with 96 yards on 27 carries.
ROCKRIDGE 40, FULTON 39
Rockridge 0 14 6 20 — 40
Fulton 14 19 0 6 — 39
F — Austin Schroeder 54 run (Erik North kick), 9:42
F — Schroeder 76 run (North kick), 0:03
R — Nathan Parchert 58 run (Cody Bush kick), 11:50
F — Schroeder 66 run (North kick), 10:51
F — Schroeder 87 run (kick failed), 5:25
R — Parchert 1 run (Bush kick), :51
F — Tyler Bruggenwirth 68 pass from Bryce Grant (pass failed), :23
R — Riley Fetterer 1 run (kick failed), 6:06
R — Bush 5 pass from Fetterer (kick failed), 9:03
F — Schroeder 35 pass from Grant (kick failed), 6:40
R — Fetterer 25 run (Bush kick), 4:58
R — Parchert 35 run (Bush kick), 1:22
WEST CARROLL 14, STOCKTON 0
West Carroll 6 0 0 8 — 14
Stockton 0 0 0 0 — 0
WC — Kaleb Hartman 24 run (conversion failed), 6:43
WC — Cory Simpson 3 run (Hartman run), 8:30
RUSHING — Kaleb Hartman 24-115, Cory Simpson 13-57, Kody Plattenberger 6-18, Chance Williams 1-1; Stockton, Brian Booth 11-48, Colin Dvorak 10-31, Jeremiah Hermann 1-1, Matthew Love 1-minus-2, Chase Rowe 2-minus-2, Luke Huschitt 4-minus-14.
PASSING — West Carroll, Plattenberger 6-14-0-86; Stockton, Huschitt 2-8-0-10.
RECEIVING — West Carroll, Jake Dunk 3-36, Kaleb Plattenberger 2-29, Simpson 1-26; Stockton, Rowe 1-9, Tristan Tucker 1-7, Booth 1-minus-6.
PERU ST. BEDE 27, ERIE/PROPHETSTOWN 26
St. Bede 7 7 0 13 — 27
Erie/P'town 0 14 0 12 — 26
PSB — Ben Bernabei 1 run (Tyler Marcinkus kick)
EP — Logan Henrekin 11 run (kick)
PSB — Ethan Borelli 2 run (Marcinkus kick)
EP — Dillin Tegeler 78 run (kick)
EP — Henrekin 44 run (kick failed)
PSB — Drezdan Dale 70 kickoff return (Marcinkus kick)
EP — Garrett Passmore 3 run (run failed)
PSB — Bernabei 7 run (conversion failed)
RUSHING — St. Bede, Ben Bernabei 11-40, Austin Torri 8-29, Kaile Williams 4-19, Ethan Borelli 3-5, Jacob Darnell 1-1, Braden Damerell 1-minus-1, Billy George 1-minus-2; Erie/Prophetstown, Logan Henrekin 7-111, Dillin Tegeler 13-109, Garrett Passmore 27-96.
PASSING — St. Bede, Williams 10-16-1-59; Erie/Prophetstown, Tegeler 3-14-0-14, Team 1-1-0-26.
RECEIVING — St. Bede, Kobe Newman 3-33, Darnell 2-13, Torri 2-9, Borelli 1-7, Jacob Croissant 2-minus-3; Erie/Prophetstown, Passmore 1-26, Kade Kovarik 2-15, Henrekin 1-minus-1.