Hillsboro toughest opponent of season for Bulldogs
The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs ended their regular season on Thursday night at home, losing 14-6 to a talented Hillsboro squad from Williamson County.
"This was the best team we have faced in two or three years", said Bulldog Head Coach Eric Crabtree after his team fought back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to fall just short.
"We played well above our heads tonight versus that very talented, big, and strong team that had lots of speed at their skill positions."
Bulldogs spot the Indians 14 points then pitch shut-out
The Bulldogs gave Hillsboro easy pickings when they fumbled a snapped punt on their first drive, giving the ball to the Indians at the 28-yard line. Chris Doyle ran it in on the second play from 5 yards out to make it 6-0. Edward Angel converted the two-pointer for an 8-0 Hillsboro lead, just three minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs turned it over for the second consecutive drive when Zach Hayes intercepted a Joe Stocstill pass deep in Bulldog territory at the 25-yard line.
Doyle got his second TD of the game on a 15-yard third down scamper to make it 14-0 after Jonathan Douglas stopped the two point conversion.
The CMS squad made it three straight turnovers as Tucker Beathard picked off a pass at the Hillsboro 12- yard line.
The Bulldogs got a stop and made the most of it as they scored their first TD of the game on a fourth and goal pass from Stocstill to Andrew Giles to make it 14-6.
Douglas intercepted an Indian aerial attempt on the next possession, but the Bulldogs could not score before the half ended at 14-6, Indians.
Bulldogs just miss on trick play
Crabtree had the squad ready to play tough ball in the second half and he reached into his bag of tricks on the opening kick-off. Brandon Moss faked the long kick-off and pooched it perfectly down the right sidelines where Ethan McClure just missed scooping and scoring the tying TD.
"Our special team's coach Denton put that play in and it was executed to perfection," said Crabtree after the game. "We just missed that opportunity. It would have been a whole new ballgame."
The Indians went backwards on their next possession, retreating to a fourth and 42 where they punted back to the Bulldogs.
CMS drove the ball to the midfield stripe where Hillsboro stopped them on a fourth and two run to take over.
The Indians coughed up the ball when Douglas recovered a fumble with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs made it all the way to the Indians 45 yard line, but fumbled the ball and the Indians ran out the clock for the 14-6 final.
Bulldogs earn Bowl berth
Coach Crabtree and his squad finished the season at 5-3 and earned a trip to Blanche to play South Lincoln Middle School in a bowl game and a chance at a second consecutive championship. The game will be played on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m.