Fulton County Hosts Youth Football Games
On a seasonally cool first Saturday evening of October, the Fulton County Cowboys youth football teams played host to the Mount Union Vikings at Mc- Connellsburg High School. The high school baseball field was transformed into a football arena for the weekend, with 722 people in attendance throughout the evening.
The evening focused on more than just football, as the Cowboys’ board designated the event as a benefit for local teen Cody Trail. Fundraising from the evening surpassed $1,000. Highlights included commemorative shirts and towels, mascot “Hammy” from Hamilton Nissan and Hamilton Hyundai entertaining the crowd and kissing the officials, PA announcer Kathy Kendall, benefit drawings, and the national anthem performed by Olivia Mills.
Oh ... and there were two football games.
The visiting Vikings quickly took control of the junior varsity contest, sprinting to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Cowboys found their legs at the break, answering with three touchdowns. Taysean Foster punched in two rushing touchdowns, while tossing the third score to Colton Mellott. Despite the furious comeback, the Vikings prevailed by a 34-20 final.
Junior varsity assistant coach Jason Shippy noted: “On behalf of all of the junior varsity coaches, we would like to thank all of the Fulton County community who came out to support their hometown Cowboys.”
The varsity game featured a rematch of a hardfought early season contest. The visitors showed up eager to avenge their early season defeat. Following the opening kickoff, the Vikings forced a turnover on downs at their own 17-yard line. Mount Union then went on the attack. Their first running attempt netted a huge gain, only to be cancelled by a holding penalty. Mount Union returned to the same play, springing a big run to the Cowboys 20-yard line. There, the Cowboy defense dug in to force a turnover on downs.
The Cowboys opened the second quarter with the ball, and their first play of the period opened the scoring for the evening. Brice Feagley sprinted 68 yards down the left side for a touchdown. The point-after try failed, but the Cowboys led 6-0.
The Cowboy defense continued to bend, but not break, for the remainder of the half against the hardrunning Vikings. However, the Vikings finally broke into the endzone as time expired in the second period. Mount Union’s quarterback punched in the extra point on a keeper, putting the guests ahead by a 7-6 count.
Mount Union maintained their momentum after halftime. Following a Cowboy turnover, Mount Union punched in their second touchdown of the evening. This time, the Cowboys stifled the point-after try, holding the score at 13-6 as the third quarter closed.
Cowboy quarterback Brycen Hohman then broke a 30-yard touchdown run to pull the hosts to within one. Mount Union stuffed the point-after attempt just short of the goal line, maintaining their 13-12 lead. The Cowboys would get one final chance to retake the lead. Another big run by Feagley advanced the ball to the Vikings’ 28-yard line with just under two minutes remaining. Facing fourth down with six yards to go and only one minute on the clock, the Cowboys pass attempt fell incomplete, ending their chances of a comeback.
The loss drops Fulton County to 2-5 on the season, with the regular season now complete. The Cowboys will play in round one of the playoffs next Saturday at Huntingdon, against an opponent that has yet to be announced.