Rockets rest while Tigers and Dawgs take on tough foes

Friday, September 14, 2012
Cornersville's Chance Dyer races into the end zone while scoring on a 31-yard screen pass in the second quarter against Huntland for the Bulldogs, who take on Region 6-A foe Mt. Pleasant this week in "Frog Bottom". Photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Forrest Rockets will have the week off this Friday night after a tough loss at White House-Heritage last week, but FHS head coach Joe Moos will have the luxury of scouting the his next opponent, the Cornersville Bulldogs, who take on Mt. Pleasant in "Frog Bottom".

The Bulldogs (2-1) have won two straight after a close opening season loss to Moore County, while the Tigers (2-2) from Maury County dropped out of the AP Top 10 last week after a 56-42 loss at home to Cheatham County.

Cornersville is rolling on offense, putting up 39 points at home versus Huntland last week and 38 points the previous week at Perry County.

MCHS quarterback Austin Stacey, who is seen running the pigskin at Columbia Central last week will have to keep a tight hold on the football this week as the Tigers travel to Pulaski to take on top-ranked Giles County. Photo courtesy of the Columbia Daily Herald

The task will be a tough one and history is not on Cornersville's side as they have lost nine straight games to Mt. Pleasant with their last win over the Tigers, coming via a 35-20 triumph in 2002.

This could be a watershed game for head coach Ray Stocstil's boys with a win putting them in great playoff position and a trip to the AP Top 10.

The Dawgs are a hungry, healthy and hot squad going into the contest and are poised for a big win that they will get as they take down the Tigers 42-35 in front of a huge crowd in Cornersville this week.

The Marshall County Tigers go on the road Friday to take on top-ranked 4-A Giles County with the big news coming out of Pulaski this week that Bobcat's head football coach David O'Connor has been suspended for two games because of a recruiting rules violation.

The Pulaski Citizen reported Tuesday afternoon that O'Connor will be suspended Friday's game against Marshall County as well as the Spring Hill game on Sept. 28, following a bye week.

O'Connor won't have any contact with the team for the next two weeks, but he will be able to conduct practice in the week leading up to the Spring Hill game.

Giles County, which self-reported the violation, is awaiting word from the TSSAA about whether there will be further penalties against O'Connor or the school.

"Coach O'Connor is suspended for the next two weeks, pending the final ruling from the TSSAA," Giles County principal Mark Cardin told The Pulaski Citizen. "We are working with them at this time. The TSSAA and everybody involved have been cooperative working to a resolution so that everyone can move forward."

While Cardin declined to go into specifics of the allegation, he said it involved contact with a student from another county.

During O'Connor's suspension, the head coaching responsibilities will be handled by defensive coordinator Josh Beddingfield and offensive coordinator Thomas Osteen.

The Tigers are coming off two disappointing losses to Hickman County and Columbia Central after an opening season win over Coffee County and the loss of coach O'Connor will definitely be a distraction for the Bobcats.

MCHS rolled over the Bobcats 26-7 in a regular season win last year, but Giles County got their revenge later on when the chips were down in a 28-0 season ending loss for the Tigers in the third round of the TSSAA playoffs.

Giles County is prolific on offense and very stingy on the defensive side of the ball, outscoring their opponents 179-12 in four straight wins this season.

The question is whether the Bobcats will get by without O'Connor and can the Tigers be able to focus on the task at hand and control the football.

Look for a huge upset this week in Pulaski as MCHS head coach Aaron Pitts takes the Tigers south and comes away with a big 24-17 win.