CMS wins ugly duel
If you asked Cornersville Middle School head coach Eric Crabtree about his team's play or the weather on Tuesday evening, he would describe both as sloppy.
"An ugly win is still a win," he told his players following their 16-8 victory over South Giles at home, to remain undefeated at 3-0.
The South Giles Eagles received the opening kick-off and spent the entire first quarter marching down field during one possession. The first 8 minutes also included two penalties, one committed by each team and several good tackles by safety Taylor Rodgers.
At the start of the second quarter South Giles got to the 4-yard line after two carries by 21 and 34, however running back Dequon Braden was stopped for a loss on the next play resulting in a fourth down. With 5:40 left in the quarter wide receiver Logan Hamby missed a catch, and the Bulldogs finally took over on downs.
The first play for the offense saw running back Taylor Rodgers make an impressive carry to the 23 yard line, however the next play quarterback Aaron Crowell fumbled the ball but quickly recovered it for 2nd down and 10. Rodgers followed with a 13- yard run to garner a first down at the 38-yard line and the Bulldog offense was further helped by a dead ball foul on South Giles that moved the ball to the 45-yard line. Three more first downs followed for CMS but the Bulldogs would gain anothet first down of the drive . Rodgers then took a handoff and ran to the outside and down field for a touchdown, which unfortunately was called back due to a Bulldog penalty. An incomplete pass and run by Crowell wasn't enough to keep the possession going and CMS turned the ball back over to South Giles with 1:06 left in the half.
South Giles tried to quickly score before the end of the half and used a receiver option pass play with Hamby throwing a completion to Braden who was tackled at the 19-yard line. QB 10 followed with an incomplete pass and an interception picked off by Bulldog defender Crowell ended the half.
South Giles attempted an onside kick to start the second half, however Mathew Begley recovered for the Bulldogs on the 46-yard line. Rodgers carried four times for 22 yards followed by a run to the outside by Crowell to get the Bulldogs to the 14-yard line. Fullback Justin McCord was stopped for no gain, however on the next play Crowell kept the ball and ran in from the 11-yard line for the first score of the night. He also scored the team's extra points to bring the score to 8-0.
South Giles could not produce in the next series following good stops by Bulldog defenders Rodgers and Crowell. Hamby of South Giles then tried a fake punt but was tackled for a loss by Rodgers at the 45- yard line. CMS took over with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter. The rain had subsided to a little, however the Bulldog players still had trouble hanging onto the ball. Tight end Chad Riner dropped a ball thrown to him in the end zone and the next pass to him was overthrown. On 4th down Crowell kept the ball but fumbled and the Eagles took over on the 20-yard line. The quarter ended with a 12-yard run by Braden and an Eagle penalty.
Braden started the final stanza with a 10-yard run to make it third and 11 on the 22-yard line, however no first down was to be found. Hamby's punt was straight up and landed on the 39-yard line where the Bulldogs took over with 6:24 left in the game.
Following several more carries by Rodgers to get to the Eagle 29 yard line, tight end Riner redeemed himself by making an end zone catch for the Bulldogs second touchdown. McCord rumbled into the end zone to up the score to 16-0.
The Eagles' luck improved with the next series as a pass by QB 10 was tipped by a Bulldog defender who ran it in for a touchdown with just over two minutes left in the game. Their two point conversion was good, making the score 16-8.
South Giles attempted an onside kick that was recovered by Bulldog Cody Poarch. The next play saw Crowell pitch the ball to McCord, who fumbled it, however it bounced right back up into his hands and he made it to the 29-yard line. The ball was fumbled again on the next play, also a pitch from Crowell to McCord, and guard Clint Kent quickly recovered the ball to make it 4th down. With seconds left on the clock the ball was turned over on downs back to the Eagles, who simply ran out of time to try to even the score.