FULTON, Ill. — The Fulton Steamers used a balanced offensive attack and some good special teams play to top the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers 28-6 in Big Rivers Conference football action Friday night.

Fulton piled up 295 (146 rushing, 149 passing) yards of total offense to down Erie-Prophetstown and improve their season record to 4-2.

The Steamers homecoming game got off to a rough start though. Fulton’s opening drive was ended when the Panthers’ Josh Maloney jumped on a fumble to give Erie -Prophetstown the ball. The Panthers marched down the field, picking up three first downs on the ground. The Steamers’ defense rose to the challenge, forcing and recovering a fumble on their own 30-yard line.

Fulton’s offense could not get on track though as they once again turned the ball over, this time on a interception. The defense answered again forcing an Erie-Prophetstown punt.

With their offense struggling the Steamers turned to their special teams to create some momentum. Steamer senior Dennis Bar broke through and blocked the punt and fellow senior Randy Whitmore recovered the ball on the Panther 3-yard line. On the next play Bar punched it into the end zone.

“We really try to put an emphasis on special teams,” Fulton head coach Patrick Lower said “They do kind of a spread punt and we thought maybe we could get it from the left and we were fortunate enough to do that.”

With the lead and momentum the Steamers forced another Panthers three and out.

Fulton got the ball back at their own 46-yard line and with the help of a pass interference penalty drove down to Erie-Prophetstown’s 25-yard line. On the next play junior quarterback Taylor Huff connected with senior Ryan Damhoff for a touchdown.

As it had done for most of the night the Steamers’ defense shut down the Panthers’ double wing run attack and forced another punt. The punt was blocked again and again Fulton got the ball with great field position. Jared Kuebel scored three plays later from 23 yards out to put the home team up 21-0.

After another Panther three and out the Steamers ran out the half with a time consuming drive.

The opening drive of the second half was more of the same as the Panthers were forced to punt after failing to gain first down yardage.

The Steamers were able to capitalize on the short field again taking little time to score. Another touchdown pass from Huff, starting is place of injured senior Evan Banks, to Damhoff raised the score the score to 28-0.

On their next possession Erie Prophetstown took the ball and drove it down the field. The Panthers took got on the scoreboard with a Mike Henrekin to Ryan Farmer 19 yard touchdown strike.

The damage had been done though and the Steamers were able to run the clock down with some strong running from Kuebel and Bar.

“We did a lot of good things, we made a couple mistakes that were pretty costly early,” Lower said. “But other than that we had some very positive plays.”

“You have to give Erie-Prophetstown credit, their backs ran really hard all night. We weren’t really ready for that right at the get go.” Lower said of his team’s slow start. “Once we adjusted to that and then we found some holes in the defense with our outside running game we had more success, we settled down and we started moving the football.”

Fulton will travel to Peru St. Bede on Saturday Oct. 6, before returning home to take on rival Morrison on Friday Oct. 12.

Score by Quarters

Erie-Prophetstown 0 0 0 6 6

Fulton 7 14 7 0 28

Scoring

F—Dennis Barr 3 run (Travis St. Ores kick), 1:00 1st.

F—Ryan Damhoff 24 pass from Taylor Huff (St. Ores kick), 6:53 2nd.

F—Jared Kuebel 23 run (St. Ores kick), 2:45 2nd.

F—Damhoff 26 pass from Huff (St Ores kick), 5:19 3rd.

E-P—Ryan Farmer 19 pass from Mike Henrekin (kick failed), 11:33 4th.



EP FUL

First Downs 9 16

Rushes-Yards39-100 28-146

Passing Yards39 149

Comp-Att-Int 2-3-0 11-16-1

Punts-Average 4-27 0-0

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 5-2

Penalties-Yards 5-40 6-46

Records—Fulton 4-2, Erie-Prophetstown 1-5. Next—Fulton at Peru St. Bede, Saturday Oct. 6; Erie-Prophetstown at Morrison, Friday.



Sophomore—Erie-Prophetstown def. Fulton 49-26.

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