For the second consecutive year, the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (6-3) capped off a successful season with a post-season bowl victory. The Dawgs traveled to Blanche to Jim Cooper Field on Monday to do battle with their namesakes in the Second Annual Cooper Bowl and mounted a second half comeback to secure a 22-6 victory.
The Cornersville offense was shut down in the first half, but came to life to score twenty-two unanswered points in the second half. Assistant coach Corey Crabtree’s defense stepped up and stopped every Blanche possession on fourth down plays to pitch the shutout after the intermission.
“We dug ourselves a hole in the first half, but came out fighting in the second half,” said Bulldog Head Coach Eric Crabtree.
“We adjusted a few things on offense at halftime and it panned out perfect.”
Crabtree tried to surprise Blanche with an onside kick to begin the game, but the ball was covered up and secured at the 45-yard line by the home squad.
Blanche mounted an opening drive that consisted of eleven consecutive running plays. They chewed five minutes off the clock and scored on a two-yard touchdown by the bruising fullback Nicholas Quaife for the 6-0 lead. A.J. “The Bouquet” Becquet and Joe Stocstill filled the hole to stymie the attempted two-point conversion for the Bulldogs.
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