Columbia Academy blasts Bulldogs

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Cornersville tailback Dusty Currington, shown here against Forrest, scored on a 36-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Columbia Academy. Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

On Friday, the Cornersville Bulldogs (0-8, 0-5 Region) suffered their worst loss in eight years when they were defeated 63-12 on the road by Columbia Academy (6-2, 3-2 Region).

Having split the previous four meetings against Cornersville, CA jumped out to an early 14-0 lead before the Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 21-12 midway through the first quarter thanks to a 36-yard touchdown run by Dusty Currington and a Dillon Bean 22-yard TD catch.

Things then went downhill from there for CHS, as Columbia Academy exploded for five more touchdowns in the first half to forge a 56-12 lead at the break prior to tacking on another TD in the fourth quarter en route to claiming the 51-point victory.

Averaging nearly 42 points per game coming into Friday's contest, CA racked up 489 yards of total offense while churning out 423 yards rushing on 40 carries.

Running back Noah Burchell spearheaded Columbia Academy's offensive onslaught by rushing for 146 yards and five touchdowns on six carries and catching one pass for 43 yards. Cole Patton also added 125 yards rushing and a touchdown on four carries, while Wesley Bland toted the ball eight times for 65 yards and a TD and scored on a 47-yard fumble return in the second quarter.

With senior tailback and leading rusher Noah Rubbo unable to play due to a knee injury, Cornersville mustered only 106 yards of total offense, which included a mere 27 yards rushing on 18 carries. Quarterback Hayden McMahon completed 13-of-23 passes, but finished with only 79 yards through the air to go along with one touchdown.

Jonathan Douglas was the Bulldogs' leading receiver and rusher, as he hauled in four passes for 30 yards and carried the ball three times for 14 yards. Bean also added two catches for 27 yards, while Stone Riner and Cody Blackburn both had three receptions for four yards. Danny Gordon caught one pass for 11 yards as well.

Currington, meanwhile, rushed for 10 yards on 14 carries, and Zach Small had three yards on one attempt. Cornersville returns to action this Friday when they host the Collinwood Trojans at 7:00 p.m.