VARNA. Ill. — The Fulton Steamers (2-2) got their usual aerial show from quarterback Tyler Renkes, but it was Evan Regenwether who showed off his rushing skills. The senior running back ripped off 156 yards rushing on 20 carries and helped set the pace for a 42-21 road victory at River Valley (0-4) Friday night.

“(Regenwether) ran very hard and we knew he had that in him,” Fulton coach Pat Lower said. “Tonight he ran the ball really hard and really finished off his runs well.”

After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, Fulton bounced back. The Steamers got three consecutive scores in the first half to grab a 21-7 lead at the break. Two of the scores came from Regenwether. The other was a 10-yard touchdown toss from Renkes to Zach Ryder.

The River Valley looked to shift the momentum early in the second half after intercepting a Renkes pass to prevent a Fulton score. However, the Steamers defense made the interception a non-factor by forcing a safety and taking a 23-7 lead.

Regenwether further built on the Fulton lead with another touchdown scamper, this one a 56-yard run.

“We told our kids at halftime to get out there and finish the job,” Lower said. “Our defensive intensity picked up in the second half, and that’s what we like to see.”

The Falcons battled to make the contest tight behind the play of sophomore quarterback Jeff Miller. The River Valley signal-caller ran for a score and threw for another, but Fulton’s Renkes would not let the Falcons closer than 20 points. Renkes completed two long touchdown passes in the second half to cap the scoring.

The Fulton senior quarterback ended the night with 278 yards passing, completing 17 of 26 passes and throwing for three touchdowns.

Fulton travels to Amboy next week to battle the Clippers.

FULTON 42, RIVER VALLEY 21

SCORING BY QUARTERS

Fulton 7 14 14 7 — 42

River Valley 7 0 8 6 — 21

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — Fulton, Evan Regenwether 20-156, Zahnle 3-17, Brandon Schneider 1-(-3), Zach Ryder 2-(-7).

PASSING — Fulton, Tyler Renkes 17-26-1 278 yards.

RECEIVING — Fulton, Ryder 8-154, Alex Wherry 2-96, Schneider 2-13.

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