After seven games of the 2017 varsity football season Fulton is 2-5 overall and ranked 210th in the state and 9508th nationally according to maxpreps.com.
The Hornets, who play at the Bulldogs on Friday, also have an 89-man roster, which is proof positive that not every problem on the prep gridiron can be solved with numbers. For example, Cameron Vaughn's senior season at quarterback has consisted of completing 52-of-87 passes for 563 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.
The isue with that equation is the team also has three other athletes who've thrown the ball this year, one of which, sophomore Tyler Sayler, has gone 16-for-36 for 156 yards and three interceptions.
Fulton has also applied its numbers theory to the ground game with similar results highlighted by eight different players getting carries during the past seven games. This includes Vaughn with 94 carries for 486 yards and three scores, Taeon Logan has racked up 403 rushing yards on 78 attempts and even Sayler has gotten in on the good times with 11 carries for 14 yards.
One area the Hornets haven't diluted with participation is wide receiver, an attack that features Tre Vaughn with 16 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns and Makgh Galbreath has 30 catches for 313 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
On defense Fulton's use of its entire bench has allowed LeCheyon Williams and Tucker Caswell to tie for the third-most tackles on the team with 43 each. Latrellus Colbert and Cameron Vaughn have also posted 45 and 49 tackles this season, respectively, making these individuals the backbone of this squads efforts to keep the opposition out of the endzone.
For Mexico, even though it has no desire to become a one-man band, Cameron Holman has been headlining 2017 for this program like a rock star. That's because he's ran for 534 yards and scored 86 points in seven games, and while he hasn't thrown a pass this year, he's also the Bulldogs second-leading receiver with 10 catches for 128 yards.
At quarterback this season, while current signal caller Jonathan Grubb may not be the athlete 2016 starter Deion Wayman was, he has completed 21-of-50 passes for 385 yards, three interceptions and five touchdowns. He's also run for 422 yards on 88 carries, giving his contributions a complimentary effect Avion Williams and Dillon Nichols have taken even further by combining for 454 rushing yards on 92 attempts with three scores and a fumble.
As for the jewel in Mexico's passing crown, that title goes to Matthew Huffman, who has 147 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just four catches in five games. Even though he also does his part on special teams, the Bulldogs punt returns, kick returns and punts still go through Holman with occasional assistance by Jasean White and Ryan Shopher.
One name that could arise to hero status for Mexico if this game becomes unexpectedly close is Gage Gilmore. That's based on the fact the place kicker has connected on 24-of-26 extra point attempts this season. He has missed his only field goal try, though, so if asked to make a three-pointer of 40-yards or more, his ability to boot the ball from long range isn't quite the known commodity some might like it to be.
Last year Mexico won at Fulton 40-20 and in 2015 the Hornets lost on the road 64-39. You have to go back to 2014 to find a closer result between these two teams, and even then the Bulldogs were victorious 20-13. The last time Fulton actually beat Mexico was 2012, meaning, in order to come out ahead in this one, the Hornets will have to break a four-year losing streak against the Bulldogs.