Bulldogs top Raiders on homecoming

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The 2016 Cornersville Homecoming Court from left are, freshman attendant Chelsea Coble, sophomore attendant Haison Hopkins, junior attendant Jordyn Hopkins, senior attendant Ellie Jackson, Queen Madison Hopkins, senior attendant Kennedy Wilson, junior attendant Morgan Terry, sophomore attendant Shayla Lewey and freshman attendant Presley Miles. Photos by George "Pap" Warren

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."

Mid-game power

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.

Cameron Whittaker had a big game on Homecoming night for the Bulldogs, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Cornersville's 39-14 win over Moore County.

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.

Strong backs

"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.

Cornersville's Trenten Warren (2) scored two touchdowns and rushed for 40 yards versus Moore County Friday night at Frog Bottom.

"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."

Improved play

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.

Healing up

"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

Scoring plays

First quarter

Moore County-Coy Cashion 25 pass from Matthew Schuller, Schuller PAT

Second quarter

Cornersville-Cameron Whittaker 12 run, Ben Taylor PAT

Cornersville-Whittaker interception return, Taylor PAT

Cornersville-Whittaker 5 run, Taylor PAT NG

Third quarter

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

Cornersville Offense

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