Fulmore's Performance Propels Team Into Final

P.J. Fulmore talks about the adjustment from running back to quarterback, in order to help his team to its first-ever WPIAL Championship game.

If he wasn't before his last game, P.J. Fulmore is one to keep an eye on.

After being held from the first five games due to an ankle injury, Fulmore has returned with authority, lifting his team to its first appearance in the WPIAL Class A Championship game.

"It's a great to be able to go down to Heinz Field because of all the challenges we've had to face this year," Fulmore said. "We've been picked to lose. We're not just going down just to play. We're going down to win."

Since Fulmore returned, he's rushed for 850 yards and nine touchdowns. That includes the last four games, where he's moved in to start at quarterback when starter Adam Sharlow was lost for the season with a leg injury.

"It's different, but I did play quarterback once in youth football," Fulmore said. "I used to play quarterback, but never played it in high school. Adam has been great. He's helped me out a lot."

Of course, Fulmore still gets to run the ball, and that's what he did last Friday in a 27-14 win over Neshannock. He rushed for 216 yards and all four of his team's touchdowns.

"I run more than I throw, obviously," Fulmore added. "I throw a little bit, so really, it's not much different (from running back), since we ran a lot of 'Wildcat.' This year, I just have to throw a little more."

As for recruiting, Fulmore is planning his second unofficial to Pittsburgh for next Friday's game with Miami. He was here for the opener with Florida State. He's also taken unofficial visits to Youngstown State and Duquesne.

"I get letters every day from Pitt and Temple," Fulmore said. "I also got letters from Missouri, Arkansas and Purdue. Everything's been great so far. I like the atmosphere, the facilities, even seeing a lot of people tailgating. It's great."

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