Webster County sophomore Tanner Robertson made the most of his first start at running back for the Trojans on Friday night.
Robertson rushed for 158 yards and four touchdowns on 11 attempts, and the Trojans were able to collar the Fulton City Bulldogs 38-8 for their first win of the season.
“We had to make some adjustments,” Webster County coach Zack LaGrange said. “Tanner has been coming along really well for us. He’s still young, but we’re looking for consistency. We challenged him this week and throughout practice this week he’s been getting after it and being consistent. I felt like we could trust him (Friday night).”
The win was not only the Trojans’ first victory of the 2018 campaign, but it also marked the first time Webster County had won a road game since Sept. 25, 2015.
“A win is always sweet, especially on the road,” LaGrange said. “I felt like the guys came out a little slow but by the end we were full go.”
“This win is going to be big for us,” Robertson said. “It’s going to give us our confidence back, especially after the way we performed against Hopkins Central that first week. (That) was a good game, but then we came out and didn’t play as well the next two games. I think this game is going to be a huge step for us.”
Robertson stoked the Trojans to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter by having touchdown runs of four and 12 yards before Daniel Yates rumbled in from six yards out to give Webster a 19-0 lead at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter.
Yates would find the end zone once again before halftime, hauling in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Mason Wilson to give the Trojans a commanding 25-0 lead at the intermission.
Webster County (1-3) continued to pour it on in the third quarter as Robertson evaded several Bulldog tacklers and ran it in 35 yards for his third score of the night. Robertson would find the end zone again in the fourth quarter, rushing 30 yards into the end zone for his fourth and final score of the night.
Fulton City (0-4) was led in the loss by Hunter Hayes, who rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts as the Bulldogs dropped their 22nd straight game.
Meanwhile Webster will look to keep the positive momentum rolling as the Trojans will play their fourth consecutive road game next Friday at Crittenden County.
“Saw some good things (Friday night), but as a coach you can never be satisfied—you have to continue and you have to build and grow and make sure your kids aren’t satisfied,” LaGrange said. “We’ll enjoy this win tonight and tomorrow, but on Sunday it’s back to the grind.”
Webster 13 12 6 7 --38
Fulton 0 0 0 8—8
WC—Robertson 4 yd run (kick failed)
WC-Robertson 12 yd run (Ranes kick)
WC-Yates 6 yd run (kick failed)
WC- Wilson 23 yd pass to Yates (kick failed)
WC-Robertson 35 yd run (kick failed)
FC-Hayes 3 yd run (Hayes run)
WC-Robertson 30 yd run (Ranes kick)