Friday, September 30, 2011
For three quarters against the Moberly Spartans last week, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley saw his team play with focus. He saw the Hornets’ defense play tough against a multi-faceted Moberly offense and go into halftime down 14-0.
Fulton even closed within 21-7 midway through the third quarter thanks to a 3-yard scoring run by sophomore running back Kegan Lee. And from there, the inability to close in on, or close out an opponent — something the Hornets have struggled mightily with this season — reared its head.
“With a young team, it’s about playing four quarters and not letting your guard down,” Kelley said Tuesday afternoon. “We have to learn by experience and we talk about if you get a lead, you have to put it away.”
North Central Missouri Conference opponent Kirksville, a team Fulton is accustomed to playing in tight games, comes to Robert E. Fisher Stadium for the annual homecoming game tonight. Kickoff is at 7.
Fulton (1-4, 1-3 NCMC) gave up 26 unanswered points in last week’s 47-7 loss to Moberly last week, its third loss of 40 or more points this season. After notching their first win of the season at Marshall 10-8 the previous week, the Hornets withstood momentum-killers with their special teams in the kickoff game, both in return and coverage.