By Len Senecal, Special to OCT
FULTON – East Syracuse-Minoa’s one, two rushing attack of Jeremy Perry and Greg Buck proved to be too much to handle on Friday night, and as a result Fulton’s football season came to an abrupt end in a 34-15 playoff loss to the Spartans.
Perry’s exploits came as no surprise as the ES-M fullback rushed for 411 yards and four touchdowns the first time the two teams met. Fulton more than halved those numbers this time around as the senior totaled 196 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Unfortunately Buck was there to pick up the slack, amassing 191 yards and a pair of scores of his own including nine straight runs in a 66 yard drive that put the Spartans ahead to stay.
Fulton enjoyed a short-lived 7-6 advantage when Cody Green connected with Darrin Cooper on a 25-yard touchdown play in the second quarter.
But by the time the Raiders scored again on a Green to Mike Peck strike in the fourth, the Spartans had reeled off 28 straight points and were heading to the Carrier Dome for the second straight season with their eighth consecutive win.
Two touchdowns in a 49-second span stood decisive for the state-ranked side as Buck’s go-ahead score was followed in quick succession when ES-M recovered a fumble at the Raider 26.
Spartan quarterback Jake Rodman only made good on two of his 12 aerials, but one of the them made it 18-7 when he hit Brandon Santillo to close the first half scoring.
From there Buck and Perry added third quarter touchdown runs from 12 and 58 yards away to deny the Raider upset bid and set up a Class A championship showdown against Whitesboro, a decisive 33-8 winner over defending state champion Indian River.
The loss ended Fulton’s season at 4-5 and marked the final appearance for a strong senior class that helped the Raiders to their best back to back seasons since 2009.
Len Senecal is an English and journalism teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School. He is the Fultonian Yearbook and Journalism Club advisor. His students create the RaiderNet Daily news, which appears in Oswego County Toady.com during the school year.