Bulldogs fall, playoff chances on line Friday
The Cornersville Bulldogs lost their third straight game, falling 37-26 at Fayetteville Friday night, putting the Frog Bottom boys in a tough situation this week at Richland.
"I think the guys will be chomping at the bit to get on the field against Richland," Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph said. "The guys know what is at stake this week and we want to come out and give a tremendous effort against Richland on Friday night."
The Bulldogs are in the playoffs with a win over the Raiders or a Huntland loss at Columbia Academy.
Lots of scoring
On Friday at Fayetteville, Cornersville got into a high-scoring affair, highlighted by Tiger standout running back Brandon Moore, who put up 206 yards of total offense, rushing for 161 and three touchdowns, including two long scoring scampers from 67 and 68 yards.
"We knew coming into the game that we would have to get a lot of hats to the ball to bring him (Moore) down," Randolph said. "We had him bottled up behind the line of scrimmage for short gains, but we did not do a good job of tackling and getting him to the ground and he made us pay for it."
Moore also had two pass receptions for 43 yards for Fayetteville that had a 22-13 lead at the half.
The sophomore tandem of Eli Woodard and Cameron Whittaker had touchdown runs in the first half for the Bulldogs, who had a strong offensive night, putting up 299 total yards, all in the rushing category.
Woodard had 88 yards on 20 carries and scored one touchdown, bringing his season total to 1,148 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.
Whittaker outrushed Moore, gaining 174 yards on 29 carries, including a trio of touchdown runs to up his season totals to 799 yards and 13 TD.
"Cam and Eli have been great for our program this year," Randolph stated. "All of our backs run with tremendous effort and each back will tell you all of this success running the ball this year has been with the help of our offensive line. Both groups have been a great compliment to each other."
The Tigers added to their lead, scoring first in the second half to go up 30-13 and from there it was an uphill climb for the Bulldogs.
"Our down fall on Friday night was lack of effort on the defensive side of the ball," Randolph stated. "We had several chances to make tackles in the backfield or hold them to minimal gains and we did not do that. We did not do a good job of tackling and ultimately it cost us the ball game."
Two Whittaker touchdowns brought Cornersville back into the contest, making it 30-26 in the fourth quarter before Moore put the game away late via a 68-yard touchdown scamper.
"I thought we did a good job of moving the ball on offense, our running backs did a good job of running the football hard on Friday night," Randolph said. "Our offense played well enough to win the football game."
For the second game in a row, Cornersville did not turn the ball over and had just 15 yards of penalties.
"Our offense did a good job of being discipline and taking care of the ball," Randolph said. "As I stated earlier, they did a good job of keeping us in the game."
Cornersville (4-5, 4-3) has recent history on its side as they have beaten Richland (1-8, 0-7) three straight years and six out of the last nine games, dating back to 2001.
"This is a game where you can throw the records out the window," Randolph said. "Richland has turned this into a big rivalry game for our program and I am sure the feeling is mutual at their place too, so it is definitely a game we want to come in and play with great passion and effort."
Cornersville 0 13 7 6-26
Fayetteville 7 15 8 7-37
Fayetteville-Brandon Moore 67 run, Hunter Keele PAT
Cornersville-Eli Woodard 5 run, Ben Taylor PAT
Fayetteville-Moore 7 run, Lex Marsh 2-point run
Cornersville-Cameron Whittaker 8 run, PAT NG
Fayetteville-Jacious Clark 5 run, Keele PAT
Fayetteville-Clark 1 run, PAT run NG
Cornersville-Whittaker 11 run, Taylor PAT
Cornersville-Whittaker 3 run, PAT NG
Fayetteville-Moore 68 run, Keele PAT
Total Offense-Cornersville 299, Fayetteville 350
First downs-Cornersville 19, Fayetteville 12
Penalties-Cornersville 3-15, 7-70
Turnovers-Cornersville 0, Fayetteville 100
Passing-Cornersville 0, Fayetteville
Passing-Henlee Mitchell 0-3-0
Rushing-Cameron Whittaker 29-174-2TD, Eli Woodard 20-88-TD, Peyton Finch 7-22, Trenten Warren 4-15, Henlee Mitchell 0-1
Passing-Lex Marsh 5-8-100
Receiving-Jonathan Pigg 2-54, Brandon Moore 2-43, Zorion Pullen 1-3
Rushing-Brandon Moore 12-161-3TD, Jacious Clark 17-47-2TD, Lex Marsh 5-31, Akoyai Dyer 1-7, Zorion Pullen 1-4
Tackles-Devin Baus 6, Trenten Warren 5.5, Eli Woodard 4, Blake Pickett 2.5, Houston Williams 2, Peyton Finch 2, Cameron Whittaker 2, Brock Powers 2, Brice Dunkleman 1.5, Dakota Polk 1, Devon Massengill 1, Collin King 1, Jackson Mitchell 1, Andrew Brady .5
Fayetteville-Brandon Moore 10.5, Mikeal Buchanon 5.5, Akoyai Dyer 5.5, Jacious Clark 5.5, Lex Marsh 5, John Bryan 4, Jaden Hadley 4, Weston Moon 4, Keidrick Williams 3, Jonathan Pigg 3, Zorion Pullen 2, Stanley High 2
Cornersville-Ben Taylor 2-4
Fayetteville-Hunter Keele 3-3
Punting-Taylor 2-44, Keele 2-73, Marsh 1-45
Kickoffs-Cornersville Woodard 1-18, Warren 1-15, Whittaker 1-13, Pickett 1-10
Fayetteville-Pullen 1-22, Clark 1-7, Pigg 1-6, Moore 1-5