The North Fulton football team grabbed control in the opening half and never let go in recording a 39-25 victory against host West Central in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

The North Fulton football team grabbed control in the opening half and never let go in recording a 39-25 victory against host West Central in the season opener for both teams Friday night.


The Wildcats opened the scoring with 5:49 left in the first quarter on Zach Jurgensen’s 2-yard run. Evan Yaste added the PAT that made it 7-0. After West Central knotted the score two and a half minutes later, North Fulton took the lead for good on a 10-yard run by Logan McCallister with 1:10 to go in the opening period that made it 13-7.


North Fulton would score three TDs in the second quarter in building a 33-13 halftime advantage. A 3-yard run by McCallister at 9:06, a 59-yard run by Jurgensen (6:33) and a 15-yard score by McCallister (2:40) helped the visitors build on their lead. Jurgensen’s TD came after West Central had scored to climb within 19-13.


The remainder of the scoring came in the third quarter, with Jurgensen’s 26-yard TD capping the scoring for the Wildcats at the 2:20 mark of the period. West Central scored twice, but would get no closer than the final score.


Offensively, Jurgensen finished with 242 yards rushing on 24 carries, while McCallister added 142 yards on 21 carries. Each scored three touchdowns.


Jurgensen was also 6-of-11 passing for 41 yards. Nick Gilpin had four catches for 22 yards, while Yaste added two catches for 19 yards.


West Central recorded 198 yards rushing on 42 carries, along with 18 yards passing. The Heat completed 2-of-3 passes.


Defensively, McCallister finished with 11 total tackles, including four solo stops. Cole Tarochione and Colton Thurman added 10 and eight total tackles respectively. Austin Hickman had seven total tackles, including four solos.


The Wildcats will play Havana/Midwest Central (0-1) in their home opener next week at Cuba. The Prairieland/Lincoln Trail crossover contest will begin at 7 p.m.