A football team without a home this year served notice Sunday that they’ll be tough road warriors.
Fulton’s varsity beat Nottingham 40-20 at the Carrier Dome, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score.
The Raiders are on the road this year because their home stadium is being rebuilt.Ã‚Â The plan had been for the new turf field to be ready in time for the second half of the season, but two surprise discoveries of asbestos in the ground now means that Fulton will play home games in Central Square this year.Ã‚Â The team now calls itself the “Road Raiders”.
Home or away, Fulton showed what a dominating offensive and defensive line can do in run-oriented high school football.Ã‚Â The offensive line opened holes for all-state back DJ Ingham, who ran for more than 130 yards and two TDs, back “Bubba” Watson, who had more than 80 yards and a TD and junior QB Brett Williams, handling the option offense cleanly in his first game and running for 60 yards and two TDs.
None of the TD runs, including second-string back Rane Sorbello’s 4th quarter run, was long.Ã‚Â Instead, the Raiders ground down the young Bulldog line on more than 50 running plays.
While the Raider offensive line was pushing Bulldog defenders down the field, Fulton’s defensive line was doing much the same thing.Ã‚Â Nottingham could not generate a running game.Ã‚Â Fulton’s defense forced a fumble and five sacks of QB Jawan Simmons.
Trailing 33-6 after three quarters, both teams made changes.Ã‚Â Fulton began to play its reserves, while Nottingham went for broke with long passes.Ã‚Â Two of those passes connected, both to wideout Sean Adams, for touchdowns of 24 and 73 yards.Ã‚Â But the defense kept Simmons on the run and he completed only 7 of 17, giving up an interception on the final drive to end a difficult day.
“I have to give all the credit to the lineman,” Ingham said in a postgame interview on Time Warner Sports, which broadcast the game live. “Got a good push, scored a couple.”
The team is aiming for a Section III title, the first in nearly a decade, and to win some games in the state playoffs.Ã‚Â And none of it will happen in Fulton.
“We make a joke because all our lockers are basically our trucks,” Ingham told Time Warner. “We’re gonna keep working hard because home field is nowhere.”