Hornets have reason for optimism, pursue first win tonight vs. Owls

Fulton offensive coordinator Darren Masek works with the Hornets’ special-teams unit on blocking for extra-point attempts during Thursday’s walk-through practice at Robert E. Fischer Stadium. Fulton will be seeking its first win of the season tonight at North Central Missouri Conference opponent Marshall.

Fulton offensive coordinator Darren Masek works with the Hornets’ special-teams unit on blocking for extra-point attempts during Thursday’s walk-through practice at Robert E. Fischer Stadium. Fulton will be seeking its first win of the season tonight at North Central Missouri Conference opponent Marshall. Josh Mosley

There were good things to take from the tape of the Fulton Hornets’ loss to the Hannibal Pirates last week. That may sound insane to some.

After all, the Hornets were downed 64-14 in last week’s road game against the Pirates, getting torched for 42 unanswered points over the last three quarters.

But Fulton head coach Pat Kelley stressed that there were promising indicators to take away.

“Even going into halftime, we saw a lot of miscues that could have made the game closer,” Kelley said Thursday afternoon. “We got it to 22-14 to end the quarter after almost allowing a kickoff for a return and fumbling another kickoff.

“You feel pretty good, but we just couldn’t quit making mistakes.”

Fulton will try to continue that optimistic trend — and discontinue the mistakes — tonight on the road against North Central Missouri Conference opponent Marshall. Kickoff is set for 7.

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