MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — It was Fulton High School’s first game after a tumultuous offseason and Morristown East was not prepared for what was unleashed.
The Falcons rolled up 533 yards of offense in a 67-7 win over the Hurricanes Saturday night at the Kickoff Classic in Burke-Toney Stadium.
Zaevion Dobson, who was killed shielding two girls during a shooting on Dec. 17, was an honorary captain for Fulton. Before the game three Falcons players went to the middle of the field for the coin toss, leaving an open space for Zaevion.
“They knew he (Zaevion) was going out with us tonight,” Fulton coach Rob Black said. “He was watching down on us like an angel. I’m sure he’s smiling right now.”
And he had plenty to see, including his brother Zack taking the field wearing his fallen brother’s number, 24. In the locker room before the game, Zack struggled to control what he was feeling.
“It was emotional at first,” Zack said. “In the locker room before the game I was crying. I just had to get it together and play for my brother and through him.”
Zack was almost too ready to play. He finished with three catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, but could have had more highlights than that. Zack had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown called back with a holding penalty and actually picked up a personal foul by hurdling a Morristown East tackler, The move would’ve made a SportsCenter montage in college and the pros, but is illegal in high school.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” Black said. “I know we put up some points tonight, but there were so many mistakes. Our guys will keep working and keep playing for Zaevion. I’m happy with their effort.”