Nottingham beats Fowler; Knights, Cougars beaten

With a quick turnaround on its home turf, the Nottingham football team evened its record at 1-1 -- and did the same thing to Fowler.

The Bulldogs' 33-24 victory over the Falcons on Saturday proved the lone highlight of a weekend where both Corcoran and Henninger suffered defeats at home after season-opening road wins.

Nottingham and Fowler were both working off short weeks, because they had played on a Sunday (Sept. 6) in the annual Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome, with contrasting results.

Struggling from the start, the Bulldogs lost, 40-20, to Fulton, but the Falcons pulled out a 6-3 win over Jamesville-DeWitt when quarterback Kelvin Amparo found London Odister at midfield, and Odister sprinted to the end zone for a 67-yard touchdown pass with 1:23 left.

Thus, it was Fowler that came into the game with some momentum -- but with Jawan Simmons working under center, Nottingham would turn that around.

On its first possession, the Bulldogs scored, Simmons going two yards for the TD. Fowler pulled back within 7-6 when it blocked a Nottingham punt near the end zone and Jamal Reed fell on it in the end zone.

But Simmons wasn't fazed at all. Instead, he went deep and found his favorite receiver, Sean Adams, for a 69-yard TD strike, then went 21 yards to Adams for another score in the second period as the Bulldogs took a 20-6 lead to the break.

When Simmons scored in the third quarter on a one-yard plunge, Nottingham pushed the margin to 26-6, but the Falcons were not done.

Amparo kick-started the comeback, scoring on the four-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Amparo connected with Jamal Reed on a 69-yard TD pass of his own, and Josh Cruz made it closer by returning a Bulldog fumble 10 yards for another score.

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