FULTONDALE — There's an old cliché about a game being closer than the score indicated.
Fultondale's 42-20 win over Victory Christian on Thursday night was just the opposite.
The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the first 34 seconds of the game, and five in the first period – three times on the first play of the drive – as they completely dominated the undermanned Lions.
In fact, all of Fultondale's touchdowns came on the first play of a possession – four of theirs, and one of the Lions'.
Brandon Lewis returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for the first score. Then on the opening play from scrimmage for Victory, Derrick Pollard intercepted a pass and ran back 34 yards for a touchdown.
Those scores were followed by a 49-yard touchdown by Khyree Robinson, a 48-yarder by Kris Lewis, and another score by Brandon Lewis from seven yards out.
Things got out of hand pretty quickly, so Cats coach Richie Busby lifted his starters after one period, and the remainder of the game was shortened to six-minute quarters.
But it was a short night overall for the home team, which ran only eight plays from scrimmage all night – the first four for touchdowns, and a four-and-out series in the fourth quarter with third-stringers in the game. The Wildcats did not attempt a pass.
Jamarcus Hollis scored Fultondale's final touchdown, a 65-yard ramble early in the final period.
Victory (0-8, 0-6 region) scored on a 33-yard pass from Andrew Thomaston to Micah Dorroh, a 31-yard pass from Harrison Cheatwood to Thomaston, and a 65-yard throw from Thomaston to Shawn Traywick.
The win was little more than a warm-up exercise for the Wildcats, who go to 10th-ranked Ranburne next week.
“They have a lot of people back from last year, more than we do,” Busby said of Ranburne. “They've got a good quarterback and really good running back, and they're big up front. I think them, Walter Wellborn, Woodland and us can be thrown in a hat and anyone can beat any of the others.”
The Bulldogs host Wellborn this Friday night; if they emerge unscathed, next week's game will be a battle of unbeaten teams.