Columbia Academy blows out Bulldogs
Columbia Academy handed the Cornersville Bulldogs (1-6, 1-3 District) their fourth straight loss on Friday, as CHS was throttled 61-7 by the Maury County private school at home on Senior night.
Things got ugly early for the Bulldogs, as CA raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before tallying two more touchdowns in the second period to take a 34-0 lead into the break.
Columbia Academy (6-0, 3-0 District) continued to pour it on in the third quarter and scored three TDs in the first nine minutes of the stanza to forge a 54-0 lead.
Cornersville finally got on the board late in the third period when quarterback Jamie Crowell hit wide out Zack Welch for a 80-yard touchdown strike before Ben Taylor converted the extra point to trim the deficit to 54-7.
CA then tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to coast to their fifth straight win over the Bulldogs.
Thanks to Friday's victory, Columbia Academy clinched their second straight District 11-A championship, while Cornersville will likely have to win their final three games to have any shot at making the Class A playoffs.
Having averaged 45.2 points per game in their previous five contests, CA tore through another opposing defense and rolled up 434 yards of total offense, which included 293 yards rushing on 30 carries.
Timmy Riley led Columbia Academy's ground attack by rushing for 70 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Ethan Foster also toted the ball four times for 60 yards and two TDs, while Ryan Durham and Taylor Thompson added touchdown runs of 24 and 18 yards respectively with Durham also returning a fumble 25 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Quarterback Jackson Cary complemented CA's running game by completing 6-of-12 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Logan Neal was Columbia Academy's leading receiver and hauled in one pass for a 63-yard touchdown. Thomas Garrison and Blake Kleinke caught TD passes of 35 and 19 yards respectively as well.
Cornersville, conversely, mustered just 218 yards of total offense. Hindered by a couple of big losses due to bad snaps, the Bulldogs finished with only 99 yards rushing on 28 carries.
CHS senior tailback Chance Dyer was held below the century mark for the second time this season and finished with 85 yards rushing on 13 carries. Freshman running back Kolbe McMahon also toted the ball six times for 45 yards, while quarterback Jamie Crowell had six yards on three carries.
The Bulldogs' passing game was out of synch for the second straight week, as Crowell connected on just 7-of-21 throws for 119 yards and a touchdown. Welch paced Cornersville's receiving corps with 85 yards and a TD on two catches, while Justin Black snared five passes for 34 yards.
Black also led the Bulldog defense with seven tackles from his outside linebacker position. Dyer and Devante Spencer recorded five tackles apiece as well, while Welch and William Liles both notched three tackles.
Cornersville returns to action this Friday when they go on the road to take on the McEwen Warriors. Kickoff is at 7:00.