McMahon named Channel 4 Player of the Week

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Cornersville quarterback Hayden McMahon (10) was named Player of the Week in the midstate by WSMV Channel 4 News for his performance against Wayne County on Oct. 5. Photo by Pap

After helping the Cornersville Bulldogs defeat the Wayne County Wildcats 21-18 on Oct. 5, CHS senior quarterback Hayden McMahon was recognized for his exploits on the gridiron last Thursday when Nashville's WSMV Channel 4 News named him the Purity Dairy Farm Families Player of the Week.

McMahon completed 19-of-33 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns against Wayne County before beating Ensworth's Corn Elder, Mt. Juliet's Contrez McCathern, and Lawrence County's Marquis Lockridge in an online poll on WSMV's Touchdown Friday website to earn the station's Player of the Week Award.

"It feels pretty good, but I couldn't have done it without my offensive line or receivers. I'm also thankful for all the people at school that voted for me," said McMahon.. "Beating Wayne County felt great because we hadn't defeated them in a long time. Winning this award means a lot because we're a small school and it helps get us some recognition."

Other recipients of the Channel 4 Player of the Week Award this year include SEC recruit Jalen Hurd of Beech, Kaelin Cason of Class A power Gordonsville, and Robert Kelley of Hillsboro.

"When you gain some attention like that, it helps your team and it helps your kids," said Cornersville coach Ray Stocstill. "We're very proud of Hayden because he's worked really hard."

Although Cornersville currently holds a modest 3-5 record after losing 56-46 to Columbia Academy last Friday night, the Bulldogs have scored 36 or more points four times this season and are averaging 29.3 points per game for the year with McMahon directing the offense.

"I think anytime you throw the ball around, it's exciting for the kids and it's exciting for the fans," said Stocstill. "We've had a lot of fans show up to our games this year because we've thrown the ball a lot and scored some points."

McMahon has been one of the main catalysts in CHS' offensive attack and has completed 115-of-213 passes for 1,603 yards and 17 touchdowns through the first eight games of the season.

"Hayden has been extremely important to our success. He moves well in the pocket and is a pretty accurate passer. We're very pleased with the way he has played," said Stocstill.

With Cornersville still in the running for an at large bid in the upcoming Class A playoffs, McMahon and his teammates hope to get back on track this Friday night when they go on