CMS Bulldogs smother South Giles 18-0
You can't lose if the other team doesn't score. The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (3-0) locked down another opponent on Thursday night, as they pitched their third straight shutout by defeating the South Giles Eagles 18-0 at Sam Davis Park in Pulaski.
South Giles had won the last four meetings against CMS, but the Bulldogs controlled Thursday's contest from start to finish and built a 12-0 lead in the first half before tacking on another TD on their opening drive of the third quarter to take home the 18-point victory.
Thanks to Thursday's triumph, Cornersville has now outscored their opposition by a count of 88-0 this season.
The Bulldogs turned in one of the best defensive performances in the history of their program, as they recorded 20 tackles for loss and four sacks en route to holding South Giles to just one first down and an incredible -51 yards of total offense, which included -68 yards rushing on 24 carries.
"That's awfully good. This bunch really comes to play on defense. They love to hit, they're aggressive, and they can run," said Cornersville coach Ray Stocstill. "They do everything you ask of them and would run through a brick wall for you. If we didn't play so well defensively, we might not have won tonight."
Defensive end Devin Baus played in the Eagles' backfield for much of the evening and led the Bulldogs with nine tackles and a sack. Peyton Finch also recorded six tackles and sack, while Trenton Warren and C.J. Coble each notched five tackles with Warren registering a sack. Alex Webster and Caleb Crowell both tallied four tackles as well for CMS with Webster being credited with a sack.
Tannath Barnett was the lone South Giles running back to gain positive yards and rushed three yards on two carries. Eagle quarterback Nolan Belew attempted only three passes, completing two for 17 yards.
The Bulldogs, conversely, piled up 220 yards of total offense with all of it coming on the ground. Warren led Cornersville's running attack by rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Quarterback Eli Woodard also toted the ball 10 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, while Cameron Whitaker added 19 yards on seven carries. Wesley Calahan added 10 yards rushing on four carries for CMS as well.
The Bulldogs set the tempo early and put together a three-play, 50 yard touchdown drive on their opening possession of the game to take a 6-0 lead. Following a three-yard run by Whitaker, Woodard scampered for 14 yards before scoring on a 33-yard touchdown jaunt. Cornersville failed on the two-point conversion attempt to keep the deficit at six.
South Giles went three and out on their opening possession before the Bulldogs marched 52 yards to pay dirt in five plays to open up a 12-0 advantage with 2:20 left in the first quarter. After Whitaker ripped off a 34-yard run, Warren rumbled for eight yards to move the ball down to the Eagle 10. Cornersville then faced a 4th and inches situation after a couple of short runs by Woodard, before Warren bulled his way into the end zone from eight yards out to cap the drive.
CMS came up empty on their next two drives, but nearly added to their lead in the waning moments of the half when Warren broke loose for a 61-yard run on the final play of the second quarter. Eagle defensive back Eric Cannon, however, managed to track down the bruising Bulldog tailback and made a touchdown saving tackle at the South Giles nine -yard line.
The Eagles lost the ball on downs at their own 28 on their opening offensive series of the second half before Cornersville punched the ball into the end zone three plays later to stretch their lead to 18-0 midway through the first quarter.
The Bulldogs were called for illegal motion to start the drive, but Woodard ripped off a 22 yard run to move the ball down to the 11. Warren then picked up seven yards on the next play prior to scoring on a four-yard TD run.
After both teams came up empty on their next drive, South Giles picked up their lone first down of the night when Cannon hauled in a 23-yard pass from Belew to move the ball down to the CMS 37 early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles were unable to generate any momentum from that play and were stopped on downs by Cornersville after losing yardage on three of their next four snaps.
The Bulldogs then ran the final 3:00 off the clock by picking up a first down with the help of an eight-yard run by Calahan on 4th and 7 to secure their seventh straight victory.