Bulldogs drop third straight but never stop battling

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Cornersville all-purpose standout Kolbe McMahon, seen here scoring a TD versus Mt. Pleasant will be lost for the season due to a knee injury. Tribune file photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Cornersville Bulldogs were hoping to get out of the doghouse Friday at Huntland, but the Hornets spoiled the effort with a 47-21 win.

"Going into the Huntland game everyone in our program knew it would be a tall task for our club. I think Huntland did a very good job of changing up there scheme for us," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph "From previous films they had not passed the ball much at all, and Friday night they really hurt us with their passing game."

Hornets speed ahead

Cornersville fell behind early as Huntland scored two first quarter touchdowns before tacking on 21 more points in the second quarter.

"Honestly, we went into the game to try and slow their big running back down, and for the most part I think we did that. I will say that our guys never gave up in the game, and that will pay off in the long run," Randolph said.

The Bulldogs managed just one touchdown before the first half ended, putting the boys from Frog Bottom in a 35-7 hole.

"You never want to have to try and fight back from such a large deficit, but our guys never gave up," Randolph said. "We battled all the way to the end, and for that I am proud of my guys."

Second-half strength

Cornersville outscored the Hornets 14-12 in the second half.

The Bulldogs (1-5, 1-3) will take another road trip this week when they travel to Lawrence County High School to take on Summertown (2-5, 1-4), who are in its initial season of varsity football.

"We keep stressing to this young group of guys how important it is to get better each week and stay together. This group of young men have faced some earlier adversity in the first half of this season, and this will only make us a stronger ball club." Randolph said. "We still have a lot of football to play here at Cornersville and this group of young men will be fine."

McMahon lost

The Bulldogs were without the services of their standout all-purpose player Kolbe McMahon, who unfortunately tore his ACL at Moore County and will be out for the remainder of the season.

"Unfortunately, for Kolbe and our football program we found out the day before the game that he had suffered a serious knee injury," Randolph said.

Cornersville 0 7 7 7-21

Huntland 14 21 6 6-47

Total yards-Cornersville 150, Huntland 366.

Rushing-Cornersville 139, Huntland 207.

Passing yards-Cornersville 11, Huntland 159.

Rushing

Cornersville-Trenton Warren 11-72-TD, Dakota Polk 2-28-TD, Eli Woodard 7-22, Peyton Williams 3-7, Will Vanhooser 1-6, Cameron Whittaker 4-4.

Passing

Cornersville-Eli Woodard 1-3-11-INT.

Receiving

Cornersville-Cameron Whittaker 1-11.

Kickoff returns

Cornersville-Eli Woodard 1-90-TD

Turnovers-Cornersville 2, Huntland 0.

Tackles

Cornersville-Ben Taylor 6.5, Cameron Whittaker 5.5, CJ Coble 5, Will Vanhooser 4, Austin Barron 4, Dakota Polk 3, Adam Qualls 2.5, Peyton Finch 2.5, Cayde Fitzgerald 2, Dillard Hatchett 2, Alex Webster 1.5, Grant Cook 1, Eli Woodard 1, Brock Powers 1, Willie Lyles 1, Trenton Warren .5.