Bulldogs top Raiders on homecoming
The Cornersville Bulldogs turned the corner on their season Friday night when they demolished Moore County 39-14 on Homecoming at Frog Bottom.
"This was a game that left a sour taste in our mouth last year," Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph said. "They really beat our young team up last year, so we wanted to do a better job of competing and responding to adversity and as a staff, we were pleased with the effort that our guys showed."
The Raiders (0-4, 0-2) scored first, but the Bulldogs responded in a big way with 20 second quarter points and 19 more in the third quarter, putting the game away.
"We definitely do not want to start many games like we did on Friday," Randolph stated. "The guys did not back down though, they came out and accepted the challenge from Moore County."
Accepting the challenge on offense was the dynamic running back duo of Cameron Whittaker and Eli Woodard, who combined for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
Whittaker led the overall 372-yard ground attack with 195 yards on 21 carries with a TD and Woodard had 122 yards on 13 touches and two touchdowns.
"All of our backs are capable of having big games," Randolph said. "Eli Woodard has really stepped up for us at the running back position, he is a relentless competitor and just loves to play the game. Cameron Whitaker is another guy that has helped put this team on his back. These guys feed off of each other and really want to see each other do well."
The third cog in the running wheel is the bruising Trenten Warren, who picked up 40 yards on 9 carries and scored twice.
"Trenten has been slowed down some because of an ankle injury, but we expect him to get some much needed rest during the bye week, and be ready to go against Mt. Pleasant," Randolph said. "Coach (Aaron) Pitts, our offensive coordinator, has done a really good job of getting the ball into our playmakers hands."
Cornersville had a goal coming into the game to eliminate the turnover and penalty bug that has followed them this year and they were successful in the mission as they won the turnover battle 3-2 and had just one penalty in the contest for five yards.
"It (winning the turnover battle) made me a very happy coach," Randolph reiterated. "We all know that turnovers and penalties can get you beat quicker than anything, so yes I was extremely proud that we were able to eliminate our mistakes during this game."
The Bulldogs now have the luxury to heal some of the wounds and get some reps in practice as they prepare for a three-game home stand, beginning with Mt. Pleasant on September 23.
"This bye week was good for our team, because we have played four really physical games this year and it allows us to try to get some guys healed up," Randolph said. "We have to do a really good job of making sure guys get the proper treatment during this week to help them get through the rest of the year."
Cornersville (2-2, 2-0) sits tied for first place in Region 4A with Summertown (4-0, 2-0), Fayetteville (3-1, 2-0) and Columbia Academy (2-0).
The Bulldogs play Mt. Pleasant, Huntland and Summertown at home after the bye before a crucial road game at Columbia Academy on October 14.
"We treat the bye week as a game week, we have to win that week also," Randolph stated. "We look forward to getting back on our home field for our next three region games and we hope everyone will come out and support these young men."
Moore County 7 0 7 0-14
Cornersville 0 20 19 0-39
Moore County-Coy Cashion 25 pass from Matthew Schuller, Schuller PAT
Cornersville-Cameron Whittaker 12 run, Ben Taylor PAT
Cornersville-Whittaker interception return, Taylor PAT
Cornersville-Whittaker 5 run, Taylor PAT NG
Cornersville-Trenten Warren 3 run, Taylor PAT
Cornersville-Trenten Warren 10 run, Taylor PAT
Cornersville-Eli Woodard 63 run, Taylor PAT
Moore County-Ryan Huskey 15 pass from Schuller, Schuller PAT
Total Yards-Cornersville 372, Moore County 272
Rushing-Cornersville 372, Moore County 138
Passing-Cornersville 0, Moore County 134
Penalties-Cornersville 1-5, Moore County 2-25
Turnovers-Cornersville 2, Moore County 3
First downs-Cornersville 19, Moore County 14
Passing-Henlee Mitchell 0-1-0-INT
Rushing-Eli Woodard 21-195-TD, Cameron Whittaker 13-122-2TD, Trenten Warren 9-40-2TD, Dakota Polk 1-11, Andrew Brady 1-7, Henlee Mitchell 1-(-1), Payton Cooper 1-(-2)
Kicking-Ben Taylor PAT 5-6, punting Taylor 1-35
Tackles-CJ Coble 6, Eli Woodard 6, Trenten Warren 4.5, Devin Baus 3, Cameron Whittaker 2.5 (INT), Ben Taylor 2, Blake Pickett 2.5, Bryan Giles 2.5, Dakota Polk 1.5, Houston Williams 1 (sack), Dylan Baus 1, Brice Dunkleman 1, Collin King 1, Andrew Brady 1, Peyton Finch 1, Jackson Mitchell .5