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FULTON, Ky. (October 5) — The West Carroll War Eagles returned to their winning ways Friday with a big win in their final road game (and final non-region game) of the year. The team is now 6-1 …
FULTON, Ky. (October 5) — The West Carroll War Eagles returned to their winning ways Friday with a big win in their final road game (and final non-region game) of the year.
The team is now 6-1 after dominating Fulton City, 53-6. The winless Bulldogs began the game with 12 active players, but, as they have several times this season, finished the game with just ten on the field.
The Bulldogs won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kick. Starting at the Fulton City 30, Bulldog Jordan Lannom gained four and was stopped by War Eagle Darrell Williams. Lannom tried again and lost five yards to Williams and a host of defenders. On third-and-long, Williams broke through the offensive line again to sack quarterback Hunter Hayes and cause a fumble, which he recovered at the 21.
Jeremiah Bryant took the first snap for the West Carroll offense, gaining 18 yards down to the 2. Quarterback Trace Fuller then tossed to Blaine Howell for the touchdown. Devin Nash kicked the point-after, and the War Eagles led 7-0 just over two minutes into the contest.
Fulton City again started at the 30, and again disaster struck quickly. Hayes’ first-down pass was picked off by War Eagle Kyler White and run back for a touchdown. Nash kicked again, and West Carroll led 14-0 with just over nine minutes to play in the first frame.
For the third consecutive drive, the Bulldogs started at the 30. The War Eagle defense held strong and forced a three-and-out. Shae Crocker fell on the Fulton City punt at the West Carroll 43.
Fuller threw incomplete on first down, then kept on second down for a 38-yard gain. Jarrius Weatherford gained nine down to the 6, then Bryant ran for the touchdown. Nash nailed the PAT, and the War Eagles led 21-0 with 6:29 on the first-quarter clock.
The Bulldogs began the next drive even deeper at the 24. Hayes kept on first down and was dropped for a seven-yard loss by Hunter Lindsey.
After a short gain on second down, Hayes was flagged on third down for intentional grounding. Back deep near the end zone for fourth down, the ball was fumbled out of the end zone for a safety. West Carroll led 23-0 and got the ball back with 4:23 to go in the first.
A short kick was returned by War Eagle Wyatt Baker to the Fulton City 27. Fuller threw to Jack Barrow for the quick score, and Nash’s kick upped the lead to 30-0.
The Bulldogs started at the 35, but again went three-and-out. Crocker received the punt and returned to the West Carroll 41.
Weatherford started the drive with a gain of two, followed with a 52-yard run down to the 5, then punched it in for six points. The Nash kick made it a 37-0 War Eagle lead with just seconds left in the frame.
The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs receiving the kick. Per Kentucky mercy rules, the second quarter began with a running clock. Fulton City went three-and-out, losing a player to injury along the way. Both teams fielded just ten players for the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs punted, but West Carroll fumbled the ball on the reception.
A Bulldog player picked up the fumble and returned it to the end zone, but the officials ruled the ball down at the 39 in possession of Fulton City.
The Bulldog offense couldn’t take advantage of the short field and turned the ball over on downs at the 39.
War Eagle Devon Rader ran for the 61-yard touchdown on the first play. New quarterback Dylan Cox kept for the two-point conversion, and West Carroll led 45-0 with just over two minutes until halftime. Fulton City received the kick and managed just one play before the intermission.
The War Eagles received the second-half kick (with eight minute quarters and a running clock) and started at the 26. Rader gained a yard, then Cox kept for a four-yard loss. On third-and-long, Cox kept again but gained just four. Going for it on fourth down, Rader broke loose for 63 yards down to the 10. Cox kept for three, then Tylor Smith gained five.
Xander Moon took over at QB and threw to Smith for a two-yard touchdown. Cox then kept for the two-point conversion. Late in the third quarter, the War Eagles led 53-0.
Fulton City started deep again and ran one play, a pass from Hayes to Lannom for a short gain, before the frame ended. To start the final frame, Hayes threw incomplete, then threw to Kire Tribble for a gain of seven. On fourth-and-two, Hayes ran 62 yards to get the Bulldogs on the board. The two-point try failed, and West Carroll led 53-6 with six minutes to play in the game.
The War Eagles managed a couple of first downs to run out the clock and claim the quick victory.
West Carroll had 346 yards of total offense while holding Fulton City to just 34.
Devon Rader led the War Eagles with 138 yards on four carries with a touchdown. Jarrius Weatherford ran four times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Bryant ran twice for 25 yards and a touchdown. Trace Fuller ran once for 42 yards.
Fuller was two of three passing for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Xander Moon was three of four passing for 18 yards and a touchdown. Cody Wildridge led the defense with four tackles. Darrell Williams, Devin Nash, Blake Davidson, Jack Barrow, Shae Crocker and Devon Rader each had two tackles.
The War Eagles (6-1, 3-0) will host region foe Lake County Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m.