Wayne County blanks Bulldogs
After playing their last four opponents competitively, the Cornersville Bulldogs ran into a brick wall on Friday night when they were defeated 40-0 on the road by Region 6-A leader Wayne County while also losing senior tailback and leading rusher Noah Rubbo to a dislocated kneecap in the first quarter.
With Rubbo being injured just a few minutes into the contest, the Wildcats (7-0, 4-0 Region) pounced on CHS early and jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (0-7, 0-4 Region) managed to regroup and held Wayne County scoreless in the second period, but the Wildcats reached the end zone twice in the third quarter to open up a 34-0 advantage before tacking on a touchdown in the final stanza to cap their 40-point victory.
Wayne County came into the evening averaging slightly over 40 points per game and rolled up 338 yards of total offense against Cornersville, which included 226 yards rushing on 38 carries.
Running back Clint Butler led the Wildcats' powerful ground attack by rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while also returning an interception for a score in the third quarter. Haden Skelton toted the ball six times for 63 yards as well for Wayne County, and Nick Horton added 30 yards and a touchdown on three attempts.
Wildcat quarterback Austin Rice completed only 3-of-9 passes, but finished with 112 yards through the air and one touchdown to go along with a three-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Receiver Peyton Mathis hauled in two passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Sketon had one catch for five yards.
Having averaged 27.5 points and 334 yards of total offense in their last four outings, the Bulldogs mustered just 122 yards from scrimmage against Wayne County's stout defense and finished with -2 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Despite leaving the game early in the first quarter, Rubbo rushed for 40 yards on six carries and had one catch for five yards, while Stone Riner tallied 12 yards on three attempts. The rest of Cornersville's ball carriers finished with -54 yards on 14 carries.
Quarterback Hayden McMahon, meanwhile, completed 20-of-30 passes for 124 yards to go along with one interception. Jonathan Douglas led CHS' receiving corps with eight catches for 27 yards, and Dillon Bean had three receptions for 15 yards. Riner and Cody Blackburn each had two catches for 25 and 19 yards respectively, while Mikie Adams caught one pass for 35 yards.