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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Panthers (0-4, 0-2 Three Rivers Conference Mississippi Division) had gone ahead 26-21 on a 6-yard run by Garrett Passmore with 3:01 remaining.