Bulldogs pound Perry County
The Cornersville Bulldogs notched their first win of the season on Friday night when they traveled to Linden and defeated Region 6-A foe Perry County 38-20 to snap a three-game losing streak against the Vikings.
Cornersville trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but got things rolling in the second period and outscored Perry County 20-0 in the stanza to take a 26-7 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 Region) then scored two more touchdowns to open up a 38-7 cushion midway through the fourth quarter before coasting to the 18-point victory.
"Any win we get is big. We won two games last year so every win we get is important especially at a place where we haven't won in a while," said CHS coach Ray Stocstill. "We didn't play well in the first quarter, but we started to pick it up in the second quarter and took control of the game."
After scoring 36 points and piling up 453 yards of total offense in their previous outing against Moore County, the Bulldogs had similar success against the Vikings' defense and tallied 378 yards from scrimmage overall.
CHS quarterback Hayden McMahon completed only 13-of-32 passes, but finished with 207 yards through the air and tossed four touchdowns to go along with one interception.
Stone Riner led Cornersville's receiving corps by hauling in four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Blackburn also had three receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown, while Tyler Lowery recorded two catches for 20 yards. Justin Black caught a 31-yard touchdown pass for the Bulldogs as well.
Perry County (0-3, 0-1 Region) was unable to stop the Bulldogs' ground attack either, as CHS rushed for 171 yards on 32 carries.
Bulldog tailback Zach Small broke the century mark for the second time this season by rushing for a career high 153 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries to go along with one reception for seven yards. Chance Dyer also toted the ball four times for 23 yards while catching one pass for nine yards.
"I think any team in America would want to have a balanced attack because it keeps defenses honest," said Stocstill. "We strive to be a balanced team and we've accomplished that the last two weeks."
Having allowed 494 yards to Moore County in their last game, Cornersville's defense made some strides on Friday night and limited Perry County to just 248 yards of total offense.
Aided by a 69-yard run by Andrew Mathis, Perry County finished with 131 yards on the ground, but averaged just 2.4 yards on their other 26 carries.
Mathis paced the Vikings with 103 yards rushing on seven carries, while catching two passes for 16 yards and a score.
Perry County quarterback Dalton Broadway and backup signal caller C.J. Qualls combined to complete 11-of-21 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns with each throwing an interception.
The Vikings grabbed an early 7-0 lead when Mathis raced 69 yards for a touchdown while Zack Pepin tacked on the extra point.
Cornersville narrowed the gap to 7-6 on a seven-yard touchdown run by McMahon, but failed on the two-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at one.
After Riner hauled in a 32-yard TD reception to put the Bulldogs up 12-7 early in the second quarter, McMahon hit Black for a 31-yard touchdown strike to stretch CHS' lead to 18-7.
Riner then scored on a 40-yard touchdown catch before McMahon found Dyer in the end zone on the two-point conversion try to give Cornersville a 26-7 advantage at the break.
In the third quarter, the Bulldogs opened up a 32-7 lead when Small broke loose for a 24-yard touchdown run.
McMahon then connected with Blackburn for a 17-yard touchdown pass to push Cornersville's lead to 38-7 in the fourth quarter before Broadway threw two TD passes in the final five minutes of the contest against CHS' reserves for the 38-20 final.