Bulldogs repel Raiders
The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-8, 2-5 Region) ended the 2011 campaign with a flourish, as they notched their second straight win with a 32-14 home victory over archrival Richland in their season finale on Friday evening.
Cornersville got off to a fast start and grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when quarterback Hayden McMahon hit Danny Gordon for a 15-yard touchdown strike.
After opening up a 12-0 advantage early in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown plunge by senior tailback Noah Rubbo, the Bulldogs stretched their lead to 20-0 thanks to a Mikie Adams 24-yard TD catch and a two-point conversion run by Rubbo prior to taking a 20-6 lead into halftime.
Richland (1-9, 0-7 Region) narrowed the gap to 20-14 early in the fourth quarter, but Rubbo came up big for Cornersville down the stretch and scored on a 17-yard TD run to make it 26-14 before capping the Bulldogs' 18-point victory with a 4-yard touchdown jaunt.
Thanks to Friday night's triumph, Cornersville recorded their third straight win over Richland and finished in sixth place in the Region 6-A standings.
"Ending the season on a two-game win streak helps tremendously. You lose all year and then you get things turned around and beat two teams that have traditionally beaten us," said CHS coach Ray Stocstill. "It gives us some momentum going into the offseason and gives our kids some hope for next year."
Led by Rubbo and fellow senior Jonathan Singleton, the Bulldogs churned out 280 yards on the ground and averaged a whopping 7.6 yards per carry en route to finishing with 349 yards of total offense.
After missing the last two contests due to a knee injury, Rubbo made a triumphant return to the gridiron, as he rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to go along with one catch for five yards.
Singleton also broke the century mark and toted the ball 15 times for 115 yards while catching three passes for 16 yards.
"We got such a big boost from Noah Rubbo. He got cleared to play the day of the game and I actually recommended that he not play. I planned to use him sparingly, but he came out and played a great game so what do I know," said Stocstill. "We had two backs rush for 100 yards in the game and we haven't had that happen in a long time."
McMahon had a solid night throwing the ball and completed 9-of-17 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Adams and Gordon each hauled in two passes for 25 and 23 yard respectively.
Cornersville's defense, meanwhile, turned in one of its best performances of the season and limited Richland to just 180 yards of total offense, which included only 87 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Senior linebacker Jessie Gower paced the Bulldog defense with seven tackles, while Douglas recorded five tackles, a sack, and two pass break ups from his cornerback spot. Gordon and defensive end Jacob Gentry both notched four tackles and safety Caleb Rickles registered three tackles and two pass break ups. Rubbo also registered a sack and two tackles for loss as well.