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North Catholic runs past Springdale

| Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, 12:36 a.m.

P.J. Fulmore and Jarred Fragapane both scored a pair of touchdowns to lead North Catholic to a 25-0 victory over host Springdale in an Eastern Conference matchup.

Fulmore followed up last week's big game with 153 yards on 21 carries, and Fragapane added 35 yards on seven rushes. In two games Fulmore has rushed for 418 yards and six touchdowns on 56 carries.

The game could be summarized in the series of plays that opened the third quarter. Springdale had a break, but then North Catholic (2-0, 2-0) answered with a big play to thwart the Dynamos (1-1, 1-1).

Springdale's Justin Wilson returned the second-half kickoff to North's 32, but on first down North Catholic's Ronnie Meder intercepted Jake Helman's pass. Two plays later, Fulmore rushed for 35 yards, and then Fragapane scored from 5 yards out.

“They are a very good football team,” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said. “They have it all, and I was really proud of the way our guys hung in there and battled to the end. This is a work in progress, and that is on me. I have to do a better job.”

For North Catholic coach Bob Ravenstahl, the game was far from perfect.

“We made a lot of mistakes out there tonight,” he said. “We could have had it in there a couple times in the first half. We really had good field position the entire game and that had a lot to do with things.”

North Catholic finished with 331 yards of offense compared to 175 for Springdale. Jerome Turner replaced Fulmore in the fourth quarter and rushed for 73 yards on 12 carries. Sean Dugan accounted for 125 of Springdale's yards, 107 rushing and two receptions for 18 yards.

North Catholic quarterback Ryan Kirby completed 7 of 11 for 89 yards with one interception. Springdale's Jake Helman struggled, completing 3 of 17 attempts with four second-half interceptions.

On the game's opening drive, North Catholic drove 70 yards in eight plays with Fulmore and Meder accounting for all of the yardage; Meder caught two passes for 27 yards and Fulmore rushed for 33 yards, including the 3-yard touchdown run. Meder finished with five receptions for 78 yards.

North Catholic missed a chance to score when a direct snap to Fragapane was not handled and, after he picked it up, he was stopped short of a first down.

Then, two plays later, Springdale's direct snap to Dugan went over his head and was recovered by Timmy Gill at the Springdale 1-yard line. Not to be outdone, North Catholic answered with its own faulty direct snap to Fulmore on first down.

Fulmore scored his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard plunge, on the final play of the first half to give North Catholic a 12-0 lead at the break.

Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.

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