FULTON – Connor McBride says he sees lights when he takes a handoff and finds a gap in the defense.
If that’s true, McBride probably should have been wearing shades Friday night at Fulton High School.
McBride was the main offender on a Newman offense that gashed the Steamer defense for long touchdowns runs in a 47-12 win in a Three Rivers Rock matchup.
“When I get the ball and there’s a huge hole, the first thing that I see is the lights and then the stands,” McBride said. “After that, it’s all about trying to make the most of it. Once I score, I want to get back and celebrate with my team, and thank the line for doing such a great job.”
McBride torched the Steamers in the first half with 198 yards on just 11 carries. He also had touchdown runs of 70, 69, and 6 yards, all in the first half. He finished with 201 rushing yards.
“That just a great football team displaying what it can do,” Fulton coach Patrick Lower said. “We talked about the big plays during the week, and I am proud of the effort we showed. We just didn’t have enough in the tank tonight. Newman is a team gearing up for a long playoff run, and they showed that tonight.”
Luke Olson rounded out the scoring in the first half with a 1-yard plunge with 12 seconds left to put Newman up 27-0.
On the flip side of the ball, the Comets (7-1, 4-1) refused to let the Steamers (4-4, 4-2) get anything going on offense. That included stuffing a Fulton drive that started on the Newman 35 after the Comets lost a fumble.
“We talked about taking advantage of opportunities this week,” Lower said. “When a team like Newman gives you a chance, you have to take it. We had a couple chances early in the game, like the fumble recovery, that we didn’t take advantage of. When you do that, it gets pretty tough to stay in the game.”
The Steamers controlled the ball, including a 17-play touchdown drive in the third quarter that ate up nearly 9 minutes of clock. Quarterback Max Lemke scored on a 1-yard sneak to put Fulton on the board.
“I’m proud of that drive,” Lower said. “We were able to mix up the run and pass really well, and to finish it with a touchdown was nice.”
Newman, on the other hand, didn’t need many offensive snaps to score three touchdowns. In fact, Newman only ran eight offensive plays in the second half.
The Comets scored on a 68-yard run by quarterback Brycen Bartel on a play that started with him bobbling the snap. McBride scored for the fourth time on a 78-yard kickoff return to make it 40-6, and then Olson started the running clock with a 56-yard touchdown with 8:11 left in the game. In all, Newman amassed 427 yards on 32 offensive plays.
Newman 47, Fulton 12
Star of the game: Connor McBride, Newman, 201 rushingyards, rushing TDs of 70, 69, and 6 yards. Also had a 78-yard kickoff returnfor a TD.
He said it: “I think we all came out with more energythan we had last week. We know that if we all give everything we have for the 4or 5 seconds of the play that we can have great results. We were moredetermined to do that tonight.”