Fulton City football team works around low turnout
FULTON, KY-- For thirty-seven years, Fulton City football coach Brad Rozzell has lived and breathed Bulldog football. But he admits that fielding a full team can be a chore.
"Low numbers have always been an issue at Fulton," Rozzell admits. "It always has been, even when I played it was like that."
This season, the Bulldogs have nineteen players on the team, and Rozzell says what they lack in depth, they make up for in spirit.
"These kids know game in and game out they're going to be outnumbered," he said. "But these kids have heart, and they want to play the game and they love the game."
Since they can't practice eleven on eleven like most other teams, the Bulldogs often work on one side of the line in practice. Coach Rozzell admits that puts Fulton City at a disadvantage when the season starts, but despite the setbacks, parents wouldn't dream of having their kids play anywhere else.
"Never, never," said Mike Thomas, assistant coach and father of quarterback Michael Thomas. "It's just our close knit little family, we take pride in it."
Fulton City opens up the season at home on August 23rd against Crittenden County.