“We knew this was going to be a real tough game,” said Oakman coach Mark Hastings. “We knew they had played well all year. They have a good quarterback and running back and we just couldn’t stop them.
Fultondale’s offense racked up 478 yards with 327 coming on the ground. Ardarius Stewart led the charge as he rushed 16 times for 159 yards, with scores from 5, 13, and 18 yards out. Stewart also completed 10-of-19 for 151 yards with one interception. Stewart’s main target through the air was Deundrea Marshall, who caught 5 passes for 84 yards. Marshall was also a threat on the ground, accumulating 109 yards on 10 carries and a 6-yard touchdown.
“We have played well in most of our games this year,” said Fultondale coach Keith Register, whose team has lost three games by five points or less. “We come out here and moved the ball well, but couldn’t score in the first half. Then we finally exploded in the second half.”
Fultondale’s biggest challenge was overcoming penalties that stopped a number of drives. The Wildcat’s were called for 75 yards in the first half and 50 in the second.
“We kind of got out of our game when they got that score in the second half,” said Hastings. “We got behind and tried to play catch up. Then we had to throw it and try to catch them.”
Oakman’s only score of the night came off a 58-yard drive in the third quarter that included a fake punt at midfield. Donald Ruth capped off the drive when he dashed in to the end zone from 11 yards out. The Wildcat offense was led by Da’Paul Bevelle, who rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries. Oakman only managed 196 yards of total offense.
Next week Oakman will travel to Susan Moore in a non-region game.