CMS Bulldogs earn win on rainy homecoming nigh
The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs took on a familiar foe Thursday night when the Richland Raiders came to town on Homecoming night, looking to give the Bulldogs two losses in a season for the first time in over three years.
Despite a quick start by the Raiders after recovering an onside kick to start the game and an ensuing touchdown, the Bulldogs settled down to end their season on a high note with a 43-8 victory on a cold and stormy night in southern Marshall County.
"Richland came out with a little wrinkle or two there," coach Ray Stocstill said. "They ran a few plays on defense differently and it took us a few minutes to figure that out and see what we needed to do. They are young football players but they've learned a lot. We are really proud of them."
After the initial Richland score the Bulldogs turned to their biggest weapon all year as Brady Calahan scored on a 1-yard run to tie up the score at the end of the first quarter and a 55-yard scamper with a minute left in the second quarter to give the home team the lead for good at 16-8.
Calahan got the nod again to start the third quarter, this time shaking defenders all over the field en route to a 45-yard touchdown run to notch the Cornersville lead to 24-8.
Calahan's right hand man, Tyler Wolaver, put the game out of reach on the next possession, capping off a Cornersville drive with a 13-yard run into the end zone for a 30-8 score.
Like so many other games this season the Bulldogs subs came into the game with a big lead and continued the romp when third string running back Alex Hilliard ran for a 27-yard TD to push the Bulldogs' lead to 36-8 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"Our depth was very important this year," assistant coach Louis Scheuchenzuber said. "When we had some guys get tired we were able to put quality players in their place especially at our skill positions. Our second string running back is better than most teams' first string. Even when we put our reserves in we were able to keep scoring. So our depth was a pretty big key to our success this year."
Cornersville capped the night off with another back up making his mark when quarterback Jackson Farlar ran 15 yards for the score followed by a rare extra point kick by do it all back Brady Calahan.
Calahan once again led the Bulldogs in rushing, finishing with 168 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Wolaver ran for 37 yards on 5 attempts and Alex Hilliard had 27 yards and a TD on his lone carry of the night.
Brady Fitzgerald once again led the defense with 5.5 tackles including 2.5 for a loss, and Trenten Posey, Colton Holder and Bryan Giles all chipped in 4 tackles each.
The Bulldogs eighth-graders played the last game for the middle school before getting ready to head up to the high school ranks and both coaches think they will factor in the future success of the Bulldogs.
"That's the main goal we want to accomplish here," coach Stocstill thought. "We look at this as one program. We are training here to get them ready for high school. Trying to teach them the fundamentals. We feel like we've accomplished that."
Coach Scheuchenzuber agreed stating, "The high school team is young this year. They are having some growing pains but we think in a couple years when all these guys get in high school together they can really do some special things down the road."
Scheuchenzuber added, "Except for the loss to South Lincoln I think we played really well this year. Most of our games were lopsided. I think we broke 40 points five times this year. We pretty much beat Huntland's JV team so I think we had a pretty good year."