Battle of North and South highlights week five action

Friday, September 23, 2011
Cornersville tailback Noah Rubbo (5) has rushed for 270 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bulldogs last two games. Photo by Pap

The Forrest Rockets will go for win number eleven in a row over the Cornersville Bulldogs when the two squads meet in Frog Bottom Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the storied Battle of the North and South.

Forrest (3-1, 1-0) is coming off a bye week and will look to establish the running game early with senior Zach Ray in Cornersville versus a Bulldog squad that stands at (0-4, 0-2) on the season.

The Rockets held on to win 31-22 at the "Rock' in Chapel Hill last year after Cornersville came back from a sixteen-point halftime deficit and trailed by just two points with just over five minutes remaining in the ballgame.

A late run by Josh Allen down inside the Cornersville five-yard line and a Ray touchdown, followed by a defensive stand at the end of the game by the Rockets secured the hard fought victory.

Forrest is averaging 27.0 points per game this season, while the Bulldogs are averaging 16.0, with the offense hampered by the loss of their prolific senior passer Joe Stocstill, who is out for the season with a knee injury.

Cornersville biggest offensive output of the season came two weeks ago at Huntland when they scored 26 points.

Ray is on pace for another 1,000 yard season as he has already rushed for 481 yards on 100 carries (4.81 per carry) and has scored five touchdowns.

Quarterback Brooks Lamb is having a solid year behind center for the Rockets, rushing for 173 yards and six touchdowns, while passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

Ray is also Lamb's primary target in the passing game with five catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.

Cornersville rushed for 100 yards last week versus Mt. Pleasant with Noah Rubbo toting the rock 23 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Rubbo also caught seven passes for 78 yards from quarterback Hayden McMahon, who is starting to get comfortable at the position.

McMahon completed 23-of-45 passes for 160 yards with one touchdown throw and two interceptions.

The game will be closer than many people think, but in the end, the Rockets win 30-24.

The question for the Marshall County Tigers (3-1, 2-0) this week is can they put behind them one of the biggest wins in recent history versus Giles County last week and get ready for a weaker Spring Hill (1-3, 1-2) squad.

The Raiders lost 27-7 last week in Centerville versus Hickman County after scoring on the opening drive of the ballgame.

Trevor Irizarry (3) has been electrifying this season as the Lawrence County High School transfer has rushed for almost 500 yards on the season, including 191 yards and three touchdowns last week versus Giles County. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Tigers showed last week that they are a tough, physical ballclub that can wear an opponent down and that is what they will try to do to the Raiders on both sides of the ball.

Spring Hill will receive a heavy dose of Trevor Irizarry, who needs just a small crack to go the distance and if they concentrate their defensive efforts too much on the senior running back, Kevin Peterson will burn them in the running and passing game.

Defensively, Marshall County is as stout as they have been for some time and senior Davey Maddox had his best game of the season last week versus the Bobcats as he spent a lot of time in Giles County backfield, causing all kinds of havoc.

The Tigers hold a 9-5 all-time winning record over Spring Hill with seven wins in the last eight matchups.

Turchetta's Tigers will continue their winning ways with a 34-14 win over the Raiders this week.

Next Friday night, Marshall County will host Fairview in a game that could decide the region title.

Fairview (5-0, 3-0) pounded East Hickman last week 52-16, but Yellow Jackets begin a three game stretch this week with a home game versus Hickman County, followed by the Tigers on the road, and Giles County at home.