Cornersville claims Battle of Buford Station
Cornersville High School and Richland High School came together Saturday night to compete in the Second Annual "Battle of Buford Station" Alumni Football Game. The game is put together by Alumni Football USA out of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Cornersville earned a 21-0 victory.
Quarterback Josh Polly (2010) tossed a strike to Hayden McMahon ('13) for 21 yards to get the home team to 4-yard line to start things off, but the Bulldogs were thwarted by a fumble recovered by the Raiders. A series of sloppy snaps near the goal line culminated in a safety to put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
The second quarter was filled with miscues by both teams, an interception thrown by Polly, bad snaps by both sides, and several fumbles by the Raiders.
The Bulldogs offense finally showed signs of life with under a minute left in the half as Polly threw a couple nice passes before hitting McMahon in the end zone with four seconds left in the half. Sam Hill ('95) nailed his only successful conversion kick attempt after the TD to give the home team a 9-0-halftime lead.
Dyer steps up
Recent graduate Chance Dyer ('15) took over the game for the Bulldogs in the second half starting with a fumble recovery in the end zone for a 15-0 lead.
Dyer struck again with 2:30 left in the third, snatching a loose ball after a high snap and racing 38 yards for the defensive touchdown to stretch the Bulldog lead to 21-0.
The last Bulldogs possession of the night was a team effort with runs of 18 and 22 yards by Dyer, rushes of 3 and 5 yards by Daniel Blalock ('03) and a 2-yard run for a first down to run down the clock out by Class of '99 running back Chad Warren.
"We came out because it was such a good game last year," said Dyer, the offensive standout. "We knew it was going to be a good game this year, too."
Despite the lopsided score, the game was close competitively while keeping the capacity crowd entertained and further solidifying the rivalry.
"I believe the desire to be able to help the schools, programs, and communities by raising funds and the desire to play one more full contact football game is why they play," said Jessica Tompkins, special events coordinator for Alumni Football USA. "Cornersville and Richland's both were a great group of alumni men.
"These teams together raised about $10,000 to be able to give back to the schools."