wooden-shoe-2018

The Fulton Steamers hold up the Wooden Shoe trophy after beating Morrison 14-12 in the Wooden Shoe bowl on their homecoming night on Friday.

FULTON — The Fulton Steamers had a lot on the line with area rival Morrison coming to town, but overall they wanted to prove that their win over Rockridge in Week 4 was not a fluke.

Morrison did their best to spoil their efforts, but Fulton held off the late rally and won their fifth consecutive Battle for the Wooden Shoe 14-12 on Friday night. Plus, it capped off homecoming week for Fulton High School.

“It’s so important,” senior quarterback Max Lemke said. “Last year we got blow out on homecoming and this is a great win, great to go into the dance, great way to end the week.”

The Fulton defense came out strong from the get-go on the Steamers’ homecoming night. On the first drive of the game Fulton stopped their first two rush attempts, then topped it off with a sack from Kyler Pessman to give Morrison a third-and-26 situation.

“They’re physical,” Morrison head coach Ryan Oetting said. “They have some really nice players, No. 57 [Eli Pannell] played a heck of a game. They’re familiar with us and we’re familiar. Ultimately, they came out and really punched us in the mouth so to speak and were more physical in the first half.”

That gave the Steamers their first drive of the game. On second-and-9, Max Lemke made a 21-yard run to take the ball to the Mustang’s 39-yardline. The very next play it was handed to Kyler Pessman, who ran another 34 yards to put them within five yards of the first score.

That was an easy five for Lemke to run in. With a good kick from Larsen Barnett they took the 7-0 lead.

“We definitely caught them by surprise, they weren’t expecting me to boot out because I haven’t had a lot of yardage yet this year,” Lemke said. “I think we really surprised them. After they noticed we were trying to spread them out, they really closed it down after that.”

That wasn’t enough for them. They thwarted the Mustang’s with an Ethan Rash tackle for a loss, and then the Mustangs lost hold of the ball. Eli Pannell recovered it on the 19-yardline.

That led to another 6-yard run from quarterback Max Lemke for his second touchdown of the night and gave Fulton the 14-0 lead which they carried into the half.

They didn’t allow Morrison near the redzone in the first half, which Oetting knew needed to change.

“We asked them to get better every play,” Oetting said. “There’s no 14-point touchdown in football, we have to make this a 24 minute game and make sure that everything that happens happens for a reason. They came out and played a heck of a second half.”

The second half swung the other way. A big 23-yard move from Nick McQuistion got their offense going, then Lemke attempted a long pass that was picked off by Morrison’s Brandon Zigler.

After a slow march down the field, Zigler ended up scoring the touchdown with under two minutes to play in the third quarter. The Fulton defense helped by snubbing their two-point conversion attempt.

Meanwhile, their offense wasn’t getting much. The Mustangs struck again in the fourth with a TD pass from backup quarterback Nate Helms, who was in for Jacob Schlegel, to TC Ottens for 12-yards.

“Nate’s a pretty good quarterback, he throws the ball well,” Oetting said. “When Jake [Schlegel] went down that kind of throws us into a little bit of a different offense. It wasn’t necessarily the plan but it’s certainly something we may have to look into in coming weeks after we look at Jake’s knee. Nate did a nice job as a sophomore he really stepped up.”

Once again, the Steamers took the two-point conversion away, with Morrison sending a high pass into the air, which left them handing on to a 14-12 lead.

“That was a throwback type pass and we didn’t protect well enough to give him time to make that,” Oetting said. “We don’t really have a kicker per say that’s going to come in and make those extra points and sometimes that can be costly.”

There was no way the Steamers were going to let the Battle for the Wooden Shoe and their 2018 homecoming game slip out of their hands.

“We were trying to get a lot of fives in, a lot of first downs to catch them off guard,” Lemke said. “Nick McQuistion definitely did a great job of running through those holes and our line did a great job of blocking and knowing the situation and what they needed to know.

“I guarantee there was some panic throughout the team. When they scored that first touchdown it was a wakeup call for us and we knew we had to focus on what we needed to do.”

A pass to Pessman along with some zig-zag moves down the field moved them 38-yards to the 50-yard-line. McQuistion had a 9-yard run and an eventual first down to keep the game moving and in the Steamers’ possession.

They stalled just long enough to take the game by just two points.

Fulton improved to 3-2 on the season, while Morrison falls to 2-3.

FULTON — The Fulton Steamers had a lot on the line with area rival Morrison coming to town, but overall they wanted to prove that their win over Rockridge in Week 4 was not a fluke.

Morrison did their best to spoil their efforts, but Fulton held off the late rally and won their fifth consecutive Battle for the Wooden Shoe 14-12 on Friday night. Plus, it capped off homecoming week for Fulton High School.

“It’s so important,” senior quarterback Max Lemke said. “Last year we got blow out on homecoming and this is a great win, great to go into the dance, great way to end the week.”

The Fulton defense came out strong from the get-go on the Steamers’ homecoming night. On the first drive of the game Fulton stopped their first two rush attempts, then topped it off with a sack from Kyler Pessman to give Morrison a third-and-26 situation.

“They’re physical,” Morrison head coach Ryan Oetting said. “They have some really nice players, No. 57 [Eli Pannell] played a heck of a game. They’re familiar with us and we’re familiar. Ultimately, they came out and really punched us in the mouth so to speak and were more physical in the first half.”

That gave the Steamers their first drive of the game. On second-and-9, Max Lemke made a 21-yard run to take the ball to the Mustang’s 39-yardline. The very next play it was handed to Kyler Pessman, who ran another 34 yards to put them within five yards of the first score.

That was an easy five for Lemke to run in. With a good kick from Larsen Barnett they took the 7-0 lead.

“We definitely caught them by surprise, they weren’t expecting me to boot out because I haven’t had a lot of yardage yet this year,” Lemke said. “I think we really surprised them. After they noticed we were trying to spread them out, they really closed it down after that.”

That wasn’t enough for them. They thwarted the Mustang’s with an Ethan Rash tackle for a loss, and then the Mustangs lost hold of the ball. Eli Pannell recovered it on the 19-yardline.

That led to another 6-yard run from quarterback Max Lemke for his second touchdown of the night and gave Fulton the 14-0 lead which they carried into the half.

They didn’t allow Morrison near the redzone in the first half, which Oetting knew needed to change.

“We asked them to get better every play,” Oetting said. “There’s no 14-point touchdown in football, we have to make this a 24 minute game and make sure that everything that happens happens for a reason. They came out and played a heck of a second half.”

The second half swung the other way. A big 23-yard move from Nick McQuistion got their offense going, then Lemke attempted a long pass that was picked off by Morrison’s Brandon Zigler.

After a slow march down the field, Zigler ended up scoring the touchdown with under two minutes to play in the third quarter. The Fulton defense helped by snubbing their two-point conversion attempt.

Meanwhile, their offense wasn’t getting much. The Mustangs struck again in the fourth with a TD pass from backup quarterback Nate Helms, who was in for Jacob Schlegel, to TC Ottens for 12-yards.

“Nate’s a pretty good quarterback, he throws the ball well,” Oetting said. “When Jake [Schlegel] went down that kind of throws us into a little bit of a different offense. It wasn’t necessarily the plan but it’s certainly something we may have to look into in coming weeks after we look at Jake’s knee. Nate did a nice job as a sophomore he really stepped up.”

Once again, the Steamers took the two-point conversion away, with Morrison sending a high pass into the air, which left them handing on to a 14-12 lead.

“That was a throwback type pass and we didn’t protect well enough to give him time to make that,” Oetting said. “We don’t really have a kicker per say that’s going to come in and make those extra points and sometimes that can be costly.”

There was no way the Steamers were going to let the Battle for the Wooden Shoe and their 2018 homecoming game slip out of their hands.

“We were trying to get a lot of fives in, a lot of first downs to catch them off guard,” Lemke said. “Nick McQuistion definitely did a great job of running through those holes and our line did a great job of blocking and knowing the situation and what they needed to know.

“I guarantee there was some panic throughout the team. When they scored that first touchdown it was a wakeup call for us and we knew we had to focus on what we needed to do.”

A pass to Pessman along with some zig-zag moves down the field moved them 38-yards to the 50-yard-line. McQuistion had a 9-yard run and an eventual first down to keep the game moving and in the Steamers’ possession.

They stalled just long enough to take the game by just two points.

Fulton improved to 3-2 on the season, while Morrison falls to 2-3.