Gill propels Mt. Pleasant past Bulldogs
The Cornersville Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 District) suffered their second straight loss on Friday night when they were defeated 40-13 by an athletic Mt. Pleasant Tiger squad at home.
Cornersville offered little resistance early, as Mt. Pleasant (2-3, 1-1 District) raced out to a 33-7 lead in the first half. The Tigers then tacked on another touchdown in the third quarter to open up a 40-7 advantage before cruising to their 12th straight victory over the Bulldogs.
"I think we're a little wore out right now from our depth issues," said CHS coach John Denton. "We have some guys that are averaging 120-130 snaps per game and it caught up with us a against a very good team. I think we can bounce back and make a run here at the end of the season though."
Bolstered by their dominant first half performance, the Tigers racked up 366 yards of total offense, which included 224 yards rushing on 33 carries.
Bradey Gill was a jack of all trades for Mt. Pleasant, as he racked up 262 yards from scrimmage overall and accounted for all six Tiger touchdowns while seeing time at quarterback and running back. Along with catching one pass for a 17 -yard touchdown, Gill rushed for 140 yards and two TDs on 11 carries and completed all four pass attempts for 105 yards and three scores.
Jordan Woodson also had a big game for Mt. Pleasant, as he rushed for 44 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Ken'Yores Smith split time with Gill at quarterback and completed all three of his pass attempts for 37 yards and a touchdown while tallying two receptions for 17 yards and two TDs.
Lowest of year
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, were stuck in neutral for much of the contest and finished with a season low 158 yards of total offense. After averaging almost 209 yards rushing per game in their first four contests this season, Cornersville saw their ground game grind to a halt and mustered just 64 yards on 36 carries.
"It was really more us than them. We didn't execute well and they have good athletes on their defense," said Denton. "They weren't doing anything special scheme wise. We just didn't execute."
Bulldog tailback Chance Dyer was held below the century mark for the first time this season and rushed for only 32 yards on 18 carries. Kolbe McMahon was CHS' leading rusher and notched 37 yards on three carries, while Andrew Brady toted the ball four times for nine yards. Zack Welch also notched six yards on one carry.
Quarterback Jamie Crowell completed 10-of-18 passes, but tallied just 94 yards through the air and tossed an interception. Dyer was Cornersville's leading receiver and hauled in five passes for 58 yards, while Justin Black added four catches for 26 yards. Devante Spencer had one reception for 10 yards as well.
Black paced the Bulldog defense with seven tackles from his linebacker position, while Dyer and Cayde Fitzgerald recorded six and five tackles respectively. Ben Taylor and Devante Spencer also registered three tackles apiece for CHS and Kurt Taylor recovered a fumble.
Tigers take off
Mt. Pleasant took control of the game right from the start and grabbed a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Gill scored on a one-yard touchdown plunge to cap a 10-play, 52-yard drive.
After Cornersville lost the ball on downs at the Tiger 27, Woodson caught a short pass from Gill and weaved his way through the CHS defense for a 73-yard touchdown before Jordan Gillespie ran in the two-point conversion to give Mt. Pleasant a 14-0 lead with 2:12 left in the first quarter.
Smith set the Tigers up with good field position a few moments later by picking off a Crowell pass and returning 40 yards to the Bulldog 20.
Mt. Pleasant cashed in on the turnover, as Smith hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Gill in the back of the end zone while Ethan Gattis tacked on the extra point to make it 21-0 early in the second quarter.
Cornersville finally showed signs of life on offense on their next offensive series and marched 60 yards to pay dirt in nine plays to cut the deficit to 21-7. After bulling his way for a five-yard gain to convert a 3rd and 5 situation, Dyer caught a screen pass from Crowell and rumbled 40 yards down to the Tiger 10 two plays later. Dyer then scampered into the end zone from two yards out on 4th and goal before Ben Taylor tacked on the extra point.
The Bulldogs' momentum would prove to be fleeting, as Gill scored on a 47-yard touchdown jaunt on Mt. Pleasant's ensuing possession to give the Tigers a 27-7 lead after catching an option pitch from Smith 15 yards down the field.
Following a Cornersville punt, Mt. Pleasant struck again when Smith hauled in a five-yard TD pass from Gill with :41 left in the half to stretch their lead to 33-7.
After the Tigers held CHS scoreless on their first two possessions of the second half, Smith hit Gill for a 17-yard touchdown strike to stake Mt. Pleasant to a 40-7 advantage late in the third quarter.
McMahon then raced 31 yards for a touchdown in the waning moments of the fourth quarter for the 40-13 final.