LMS knocks off CMS

Friday, September 29, 2006
Photos by Scotty Brock LMS QB Cody Vernon

It was a historic night for middle school football in Marshall County Tuesday night with the first ever regular season match up between the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs and the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers. The intensity was high, on the field and in the stands as LMS's powerful Tiger squad ripped the Bulldogs 35-7 behind the exemplary running of Broderick Tears and Dominic Matthews, who each had long touchdown runs. Tiger quarterback Cody Vernon also had a stellar night with great field management and a perfect 35 yard touchdown pass to Kedren Johnson.

The Tiger defense was menacing and unrelenting in holding the Bulldogs in check most of the night. The Tigers held Bulldog running back Taylor Rodgers to his lowest production totals of the year with a punishing umbrella of hard hitting and gang tackling. If that was not enough, the Tiger special teams chipped in with two touchdowns of their own on fumble returns by Timmy Jones and Dylan Kilpatrick.

The Bulldogs' only score came in the first quarter when quarterback Aaron Crowell scampered into the end zone from 4 yards out. The Bulldog scoring drive was set up with a 52 yard halfback option pass from Taylor Rodgers to Josh "Boochie" Pope.

Both teams played with intense determination in an attempt to take this first ever match-up and hold the bragging rights for at least the first year. The Tigers came off the bus growling and never let up on the Bulldogs who gave a valiant effort to hold their home turf. Bulldog coach Eric Crabtree praised his team for their grit and determination, but warned them that the team that loses the turnover battle like they did tonight, will lose to a highly talented and well coached team like the LMS Tigers. After the game, LMS coach Jeff Morton stated, "that he hoped that this inter-county rivalry will continue into the future and maybe Chapel Hill will be included in the schedule next year." The LMS Tigers take on Brentwood Academy Thursday night while Cornersville will try to rebound also Thursday night with an away game at Moore County.