CMS Bulldogs bounce back, stomp South Giles
Cornersville Middle School returned home to Frog Bottom looking to bounce back from a loss to South Lincoln that snapped a 16-game winning streak against a South Giles squad it had beaten soundly in Pulaski just three weeks prior.
The Bulldogs will now embark on a new win streak after pummeling the Eagles 30-6 in a game that saw the home team score 30 straight points in the first half before cycling in the reserves.
"I think they played well tonight," Coach Ray Stocstill said. "We have two starting linebackers that aren't with us right now and our starting was quarterback out with a concussion, so considering all that I think we played really well."
Brady Calahan rushed 49 yards down the sideline barely a minute into the game to give the Bulldogs the early 6-0 lead.
The home defense forced the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession, and the Bulldogs capitalized on the short field with a 6-yard Wesley Calahan rushing touchdown and two-point conversion to push the lead to 14-0.
Ahead for good
On the first play of the second quarter the versatile Bulldogs offense got its third touchdown by a third different back as Hunter Sharp raced 26 yards to the end zone for the 22-0 cushion following Wesley Calahan's second conversion run.
Wesley Calahan finally put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs three minutes later breaking free for his second score of the night on a 13-yard rush to extend the lead to 30-0 entering halftime.
The Bulldogs defense held the Eagles scoreless the majority of the night despite playing mostly subs the entire second half before South Giles threw a 77-yard TD pass late in the final quarter.
"I thought defensively we did well," Stocstill said. "We really ran to the ball and we were able to contain their big running back (just 28 yards on 11 carries) and get him to the ground which was hard to do."
All on ground
The Bulldogs outgained the Eagles 243-104 despite not completing a single pass.
"We need to get better at throwing the football," Stocstill conceded. "We're not consistent. We throw it well sometimes and not too well at other times. To beat the really good football teams we have to get them out of the box. The only way to get them out of the box is to throw it down the field. We could do that last year, but not consistently this year."
The Calahans and Sharp combined to rush for 178 yards and four TDs on just 14 carries while also getting relief from Alex Hilliard (3 for 24 yards) and James Mathis (3-22 yards).
Bryan Giles paced the Bulldogs defense with 4.5 tackles, which included a sack and another for a loss. Sharp, Houston Williams, and Brady Fitzgerald contributed two tackles each.
Cornersville finishes out the season against Richland at 6 p.m. on Thursday for Homecoming.