FULTON, Ill. — The Fulton Steamer fans got to witness not only a real thrilling football game but a little surprise from the weather man as he had to put a stop in the action as the skies poured out some heavy rain and then some lightning strikes that caused the officials to stop the game and get all the players off the field with only 34 seconds left in the first quarter and delay the game for an hour.

I guess you can blame it all on the visiting team, the Bureau Valley who has a nickname of the Storm.

The visitors didn’t waste any time as they took the opening kickoff and collected four straight first downs as they marched up the field and senior quarterback Justin Doty took charge and put them on the board first with a one-yard run and the kick was good to make it 7-0.

After the players returned to the game it turned out to be a great job of defense by both teams.

The Steamers had several opportunities but couldn’t get the ball into the endzone until late in the third quarter as Evan Banks kept the ball and ran in from the three. The kick for the extra point by Travis St. Ores hit goal post and bounced back on the playing field.

The Storm scored in the third quarter when Doty broke away for a 7-yard run and this time the kick failed to make it a 13-6 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Steamers moved the ball real well again in the fourth period and Jared Kuebel had a couple of big runs and finally scored on a 15-yard run and the kick was good to tie the game at 13-all to send the game into overtime.

Fulton was the toss and chose to go on defense in the overtime period. Once again Doty scored on a one yard run and this time the kick was good to put them ahead 20-13.

Now it was the Steamers turn and the Storm held them for four straight downs to hold on for the win.

“We got off to a slow start and then the lightning came and we had a chance to talk things over and I think the kids played really great during the last three quarters and I was proud the way they came back, said Fulton coach Patrick Lower.

The Steamers will be home again next Friday and will celebrate homecoming as they host Erie/Prophetstown.

The frosh-soph game was won by Bureau Valley 23-14.

Score by Quarters

Bureau Valley 7 0 6 0 7 — 20

Fulton 0 0 6 7 0 — 13


BV—Justin Doty 1 run, (Eric Ringle kick), 4:28 1st

BV—Doty 7 run (kick Failed), 7:22 3rd

F—Evan Banks 3 run (kick failed), 1:02 3rd

F—Jared Kuebel 15 run (Travis St. Ores kick), 1:41 4th

BV—Doty 1 run (Ringle kick), OT


First Downs 18 15

Rushes-Yards 60-259 30-180

Passing Yards 61 97

Comp-Att-Int 7-12-2 13-22-2

Punts-Average 2-32 2-26

Fumbles-Lost 3-0 3-0

Penalties-Yards 5-50 3-16

Sophomore score—Bureau Valley 23, Fulton 16. Sophomore records—Fulton 2-3.