The Fulton Steamers fell behind right out of the gate Friday night against Bureau Valklkey, but answered with seven first-half touchdowns on their waiy to a 54-6 victory in a Three Rivers Rock game in Fulton.
After BV’s Dalton Dean threw a 15-yard TD pass to Evan Eckberg on the Storm’s opening possession, Fulton got three TD runs from Kyler Pessman – all longer than 30 yards – and a scoring run and pass from Connor Barnett to take a 34-6 lead.
“It felt great to be back,” Pessman said. “I was patiently waiting for my time and left it all on the field today. I give credit to my line, they were great.”
Touchdown runs by Jacob Jomnes and Ethan Rash pushed the lead to 47-6 by halftime. A blocked punt set yp the Steamers’ final score, a Keegan VanKampen 5-yard run in the third quarter.
Fulton ran for 416 yards on 38 carries, while holding Bureau Valley to 60 net yards on 30 rushes. The Steamers outgained the Storm 455-92 for the game.
BV was playing without starters Mac Nugent and Tucker Hartz due to injury.
“We came in pretty shorthanded to begin with,” BV head coach Mat Pistole said. “But the kids came out on the first drive and executed perfectly.
“But those two missing guys were important defensively as well as offensively, and we had to dial back our playbook significantly because we had kids playing out of position. When you do that, with Fulton as well coached as they are, they’re gonna make adjustments. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to install answers in such a short time period.”
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