Fultondale picked up their third straight win by blowing out winless Victory Christian 46-12. It was the Lions homecoming game, but Fultondale’s Ardarius Stewart helped the Wildcats feel at home instead.
Stewart ran for 249 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground, and threw for 233 yards and one touchdown. He also set the Fultondale school record for passing yards and touchdowns in one season, and became the first player in Wildcat history to run and throw for 1,000 yards in a season.
“We didn’t start very well, but we finished like we should,” said Fultondale head coach Keith Register. “I am proud of our kids. We started 0-4 and now we’ve bounced back to win four out of our last five. I’m proud of Ardarius. Tonight I believe he reached 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 passing in one season. I don’t think that’s ever been done at Fultondale. We had a great night passing and running. We did what we needed to do in the second half.”
The scoring started on Fultondale’s first drive of the game when Stewart found an open Deundrea Marshall for a 37-yard touchdown play.
The Wildcats added to the lead at the start of the second quarter when Stewart ran it in from 7 yards out. Stewart scored another touchdown later in the quarter when he ran it in from the 15.
Marshall scored on an 8-yard run late in the second quarter.
After intermission, Stewart broke off a run of 60 yards untouched and up the middle for the score.
He scored again at the start of the fourth quarter from nine yards out. Then after an interception by Marshall, Stewart got his fifth touchdown of the game on a 32-yard run.
The Fultondale offense had 498 yards, and held the Eagles to 171.
The Wildcats close out the season next week at home against Cedar Bluff.
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