Mt. Pleasant rolls past Bulldogs in road game

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Cornersville's Stone Riner rushed for a team high 126 yards on 12 carries and recorded two interceptions on defense in the Bulldogs' game against Mt. Pleasant on Friday night. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 District) suffered their second straight loss on Friday night when they were defeated 42-6 on the road by the Mt. Pleasant Tigers.

After recovering a Bulldog fumble at the CHS 36, Mt. Pleasant (1-4, 1-1 District) got on the board early in the first quarter when Ken'Yores Smith scored on a four-yard touchdown run. Rodney Harvell then ran in the two-point conversion to give the Tigers an 8-0 lead.

Cornersville narrowed the gap to 8-6 early with 10:49 left in the second quarter thanks to a 14-yard TD run by Stone Riner, but the Bulldogs failed on the two-point conversion attempt before Mt. Pleasant quarterback Walter Crawford hit Deminico Owens for a 56-yard touchdown strike to stretch the Tigers' lead to 14-6.

Padding lead

Mt. Pleasant opened up a 22-6 advantage in the waning moments of the first half when Bradley Gill caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Crawford before running in the two-point conversion.

The Tigers continued to pad their lead at the start of the second half, as Crawford hooked up with Harvell for a four-yard touchdown pass with 10:31 left in the third quarter to make it 28-6.

After pushing their lead to 34-6 early in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard TD scamper by Gill, Mt. Pleasant rubbed some salt in the Bulldogs' wounds late in the contest when Gill scored on a 37-yard touchdown jaunt with 1:26 remaining before running in the two-point conversion for the 42-6 final.

Tigers roll

The Tigers gashed Cornersville on the ground and churned out 259 yards rushing on 35 carries en route to finishing with 346 yards of total offense.

Gill led Mt. Pleasant's rushing attack with 86 yards on 10 carries to go along with two catches for 20 yards. Smith also added 76 yards rushing on eight carries, while Harvell toted the ball 10 times for 70 yards.

Crawford complemented the Tigers' ground game by completing 5-of-9 passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns to go two interceptions.

Bulldog stats

The Bulldogs struggled offensively for the second straight week and tallied just 181 yards from scrimmage overall, which included a 180 yards rushing on 44 carries.

Riner was the biggest bright spot for Cornersville and rushed for 126 yards on 12 carries while also recording two interceptions on defense from his cornerback position. Bulldog tailback Chance Dyer toted the ball 23 times for 63 yards as well, while quarterback Zack Welch added 10 yards on five carries.

CHS was unable to get anything going through the air, as Welch completed just one-of-four passes for one yard and one interception.

The Bulldogs return to action this Friday when they travel to Columbia to take on the Zion Christian Academy Eagles. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.