STERLING, Ill. — Sterling Newman held Fulton's offense in check Friday night and the Comets defeated the Steamers 34-6 in Three Rivers Conference Rock Division football.
"They're the number one team (in Class 2A) for a reason," Fulton Coach Patrick Lower said on the KCLN radio postgame show. "They're a very good football team. They're just so good and fast that it's tough to get things going."
The Steamers (5-3) got little going on offense. They scored on a 12-yard run by Austin Rash in the second quarter for their lone score. It made it 13-6 Newman.
That touchdown followed a 21-yard run by Newman quarterback Landen Vesley that helped the Comets take a 7-0 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter. Then, the Comeets went up 13-0 on a 3-yard run by Chase Graham at 11:19 of the second.
A 15-yard scoring pass from Vesley to Luke Olson put the Comets up 20-6 at halftime.
Easton Bianchi added a pair of second-half scores on runs of 40 and 29 yards.
Despite those plays, Lower liked the defensive effort by his team.
"I thought we became a better defense tonight," he said. "I thought the defense played well. We just couldn't get anything going offensively."
The win was the Comets' 11th in a row against Fulton.
Morrison falls in Clinton
CLINTON — Rockridge defeated Morrison 42-20 on Friday in the Stadium Showdown at Ashford University Field.
Riley Fetterer had a big night for the Rockets.
He put Rockridge ahead to stay on an 11-yard run with 7:26 left in the first quarter, capped the victory with touchdown runs of 88 and 9 yards and also threw 34- and 5-yard touchdown passes to Reed Nelsen. The Rockets also scored on a safety and a 1-yard run by Nathan Parchert.
Morrison's Jacob Schlagel had a 42-yard touchdown run that made it 7-6 at 6:11 in the first quarter. The other scores came on a 40-yard pass from Reilly Dolan to Jarrett Wiebenga and a 6-yard Tristan Demay run.
Thunder struggle against Forreston
SAVANNA, Ill. — West Carroll couldn't complete more than one touchdown and fell to Forreston 44-6 in a home Northwest Upstate Illini Conference game.
The first quarter was all Forreston. A 2-yard carry from Garett Badertscher put them on the board with 6:54 left, and a 23-yard run five minutes later from Gavin Fuchs put the score 12-0 going into the second quarter.
Forreston scored first in the second as well, with a 54-yard run from Evan Kelsey. Their 2-point conversion was good to put Forreston up 20-0.
The only score of the game for West Carroll came with 1:25 left in the first half on a 2-yard carry from Kaleb Hartman. The conversion was no good, and they went into half trailing 20-6.
Forreston scored three more touchdowns in the third quarter, all with successful two-point conversions to put the final score 44-6.
Kody Plattenberger led West Carroll led the rushing with 31 yards on six carries, while Kaleb Plattenberger followed with 25 yards. Jake Dunk had five catches for 46-yards.
Evan Kelsey had 98 yards on eight carries for Forreston, while AJ Christensen had 79 yards on two catches.
Bellevue dominates Jesup, 43-6
BELLEVUE — Bellevue scored 29 points in the first quarter against Jesup and took the matchup 43-6 at home.
Hunter Clasen took the ball 51 yards to start the offense off for the Comets within the first minute of the game. Cade Daugherty threw two touchdown passes, and Trey Daugherty threw another to round out the first quarter scoring.
The rest of Bellevue's points came before halftime. Clasen had a 1-yard carry for his second touchdown of the night, and Cade Daugherty found Trey Daugherty for a 35-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 43-0.
A 40-yard run late in the fourth quarter was Jesup's only points of the night.
Clasen ran for 205 yards on the night, making up half of Bellevue's total offense. Cade Daugherty had nine competed passes for a total of 161 yards, and Trey Daugherty threw three completed passes for another 38.