Bulldogs come up short vs. tough Collinwood

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Cornersville game captains Jacob Mitchell, Grant Cook and Dillard Hatchet walk to the midfield stripe for the coin toss Friday night. Photos by George "Pap" Warren

The Cornersville Bulldogs played the 2015 home opener against former region foe Collinwood Friday night looking to bounce back off a ugly 33-6 loss to Mt. Juliet Christian to start of the season.

Despite controlling the the game the entire first half the Bulldogs were worn down by the depth of the Trojans late in the game on the way to a hard fought 35-21 loss.

'More effort'

"Collinwood came out to play tonight,"Coach Gerard Randolph said. "We made a lot of strides from last week when we didn't play well and the effort wasn't there. Tonight we brought more effort to the table and we lost to a good Collinwood team."

Defense was the name of the game in the 1st quarter as the Bulldogs stopped a driving Trojan offense in the red zone on 4th down to keep the game scoreless heading into the 2nd quarter.

Kolbe McMahon finally put the home team on the board 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter on a crowd pleasing 43 yard TD run on which the running back made three Trojan defenders miss before racing to the house for a 7-0 lead.

Following a Eli Woodard to Cameron Whitaker 12 yard pass the Bulldogs once again rode the back of McMahon rushing for 20 yards on 3 carries before taking the hand off 21 yards to the end zone to snatch the lead back from the Trojans with under a minute left in the half.

Key play

The turning point in the game the Bulldogs were flagged for a late hit on a play that would have ended the half but gave the Trojans one more possession before half time.

Collinwood's quarterback managed to throw a pass past 3 defenders and into the outstretched arms of the wide receiver for the TD.

The Bulldogs would now go into the half tied at 14 instead of the 14-8 lead they maintained before the penalty.

"The touchdown at the end of the half was questionable but we had our chances in the 1st half to make plays against this team and take them out from the beginning," Coach Randolph said. "Good football teams hang around and this is what happens when you let a good team stay close. We had our chances so I can't really put it on that one play."

Trojans pull away

Collinwood furthered the lead with a late 3rd quarter TD that extended nearly all of the period but the Trojans put the game away with another TD 8 minutes into the 4th to extent the lead 28-14.

Cornersville's Kolbe McMahon gives a Collinwood defender a stiff arm during a big gain Friday night in Frog Bottom.

Cornersville gave the standing room only a bit of hope on the very next play when standout running back McMahon scored his 3rd TD of the night on a 80 yard kickoff return for the TD but it was little to late.

"The team, and the crowd really allowed me to stay motivated. We practiced harder and we were more mentally ready for this game." McMahon said."I'm going to work harder this week to get ready for Franklin Grace."

Next: Grace

"We'll come in Monday and watch film and after the film that'll be the end of it." Coach Randolph added. "We've got the get ready for a young, good Franklin Grace team that will come in here just as hungry as us. We have just got to keep our intensity up and correct our mistakes."

Cornersville (0-2) will welcome 1st year varsity team Franklin Grace (1-0) who surprised many with a 28-21 win at McEwen last Friday night. The game will be the first Region game for both teams.