Rogan and Co.

Tonight marks the 12th meeting between the Fulton Falcons and the Carter Hornets, and the teams' first ever playoff meeting.

Fulton vs. Carter- The Series

The Falcons lead the all-time series 9-2. Carter's two wins in the series have both come at Fulton in 1998 and 2001. Fulton has never lost at Carter, winning all five games played at Eblen Field.

The first meeting between the schools came in the 1983 Shamrock Bowl at Evans-Collins Field. Fulton blocked a late Hornet field goal attempt to escape with a 10-7 victory. Carter's two wins in the series came in early season upsets at Fulton.

The Falcons hold a five game winning streak in the series, after this year's 48-3 victory at Fulton. The victory by Fulton ended Carter's perfect season and was the most lopsided victory in the series. Fulton and Carter are currently not scheduled to play in 2007 and 2008.

Last Meeting- FHS 48 Carter 3

Fulton bounced back from its disappointing loss to Catholic with an impressive 48-3 victory on Senior Night over Carter in front of a CSS television audience.

Jonathan Blair and Dennis Freeney shared time at the QB position, as the Falcons rolled-up a season-high 441 yards of total offense. Blair hit on 7 of 10 passes for 123 yards and a 41-yard TD pass to Derrick Humphrey.

Freeney ran for 51 yards on 6 carries and added a 36-yard pass reception. Senior RB Dennis Rogan was again impressive, earning this 3rd PrepXtra player of the week nomination, by rushing for 217 yards and 4 TDs.

The Falcons took a 14-0 lead in the game before Carter's Kevin Hendricks a 36-yard field goal just before halftime. The Fulton defense would not allow another score in the game, and held the Hornets to a season-low 27 yards of total offense.

Rogan ran for three scores in the second half, before Freeney intercepted a Carter pass and returned it 39-yards for a touchdown. Terrence Cobb capped the scoring with a 3-yard plunge in the 4th Quarter. Carter only connected on 3 of 17 passes for the game for 10 yards. Bubba Stokes led the Falcon defense with 7 tackles.

Playoff Streak Longest in Knox

The Falcons are the #2 seed from Region 2-3A in the TSSAA playoffs that begin last week. It marks the Falcons' 14th consecutive playoff trip. This is the longest playoff streak in Knox Co. The streak began in 1993, as Fulton upset Happy Valley 37-8 in the first round.

During the streak, Fulton has compiled a record of 21-11 in playoff games with three championship appearances and two state championships. Fulton's playoff streak is longer than another local power, Maryville.

Maryville's streak is only at 10 years. Fulton has made 17 playoff appearances, and holds an all-time play-off record of 23-14. The last two times that Fulton has been a #2 seed, the Falcons went on to win the state championship.

Rogan In Pursuit of History

Dennis Rogan became Fulton High school's all-time leading rusher on his first carry against Livingston Academy two weeks ago. Rogan eclipsed Jeff Mitchell's mark of 4145 yards on a 49-yaed TD run in the first quarter.

For his career, Rogan has school records in rushing yards (4478) and rushing TDs (73). Rogan has a chance tonight to move up in the state record books. If Rogan rushes for over 100-yards against Carter, he will move into second place in TSSAA history for consecutive 100-yard rushing games with 19. Rogan has rushed for over 100 yards in each game since the Scott game last year.

He would pass Warren Co.'s Jeff Womack who had 18 consecutive 100-yard games in 1979-1980. The state record is 27 held by Tripp Tucker of University School of Jackson during 1997-1998.

With one rushing TD tonight, Rogan will tie A-E's LeRoy Thompson with 35 single season rushing TDs. It would be the 6th best mark in state history. Rogan will need a strong playoff performance to have a chance to break Jeff Mitchell's FHS single season rushing yard mark of 2334 yards in 2001. He remains 582 yards away from that mark.

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