Bulldogs stop Raiders, qualify for playoffs

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph has had confidence in his squad all season and it paid off as the Bulldogs beat Richland 14-0 Friday night, sending the Frog Bottom boys to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

The Bulldogs did it and they did not need help from anyone else as they traveled to Richland Friday night and came away with a 14-0 win, qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in three years.

"I'll tell you what, this team has made me one proud coach this year and they have come out and competed in a very tough region and given themselves a chance to win every night that we had the opportunity to get on the field," Randolph said. "Making the playoffs was the first step which I am so proud of them, but now we want to compete and try to win a playoff game."

Strong opponen

The Bulldogs (5-5, 5-3) have a tough road ahead with a long trip to South Pittsburg Friday night where they will face the number five ranked and Region 3A top seeded Pirates (9-1, 5-0) in the first round.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to compete against South Pitt," Randolph stated. "They are well-coached and have a really good football team."

The Pirates lost their season opener to 3A number two ranked Sequatchie County (10-0) before running off nine wins in a row to end the regular season.

"I think it will be good for our guys to get to play in such an environment," Randolph said. "This opportunity will help us gain valuable experience and we plan on going to compete at a high level and try to win a football game."

Got job done

On Friday at Richland, the Bulldogs did what they had to do to win in a tough rivalry game versus the Raiders.

"I was extremely proud of the guys for getting the win," Randolph said. "It was not a very pretty game, which rivalry games are usually not, but the guys were able to finish the game, something that we have had trouble doing throughout the year."

The Bulldogs scored first, coming on a Trenten Warren touchdown run after a Richland turnover late in the first quarter.

"Friday night was exactly like a thought it would be, it was a big time rivalry game at its best," Randolph said. "Neither team wanted to budge an inch and fortunately for us, we were able to get some strong running from our backfield."


The Bulldogs outrushed Richland 220-to-106 with Warren leading the way with 84 yards on 16 carries, while Eli Woodard had 56 yards, Cameron Whittaker had 55, Peyton Finch rushed for 33 yards and Henlee Mitchell added eight.

Cornersville's defense was stout, coming up with two quarterback sacks in the contest and limiting the Raiders to a limited number of scoring opportunities.

"I was really proud of the defense for holding Richland scoreless," Randolph said. "We were a bend but don't break defense throughout the night. Richland did a good job of driving the length of the field a couple of times, but the defense came through with a turnover or forced a punt."

The Bulldogs won the turnover battle 2-0 as they came up with two fumble recoveries that ended Richland scoring drives.

Warren finished off the Raiders with another short touchdown run as the Bulldogs capitalized on a late fourth quarter scoring drive to put the game away and send the Frog Bottom boys to the playoffs.

Cornersville 7 0 0 7-14

Richland 0 0 0 0-0

Total offense-Cornersville 229, Richland 138

Turnovers-Cornersville 0, Richland 2

Penalties-Cornersville 5-50, Richland 8-55

Cornersville Offense

Passing-Henlee Mitchell 1-3-9

Receiving-Eli Woodard 1-9

Rushing-Trenten Warren 16-84-2TD, Eli Woodard 10-56, Cameron Whittaker 13-55, Peyton Finch 2-33, Henlee Mitchell 1-8


Tackles-Trenten Warren 7, Eli Woodard 7, Peyton Finch 5, Brock Powers 4.5 (.5 sack), Devin Baus 4 (.5 sack), Brice Dunkleman 3 (sack), Ben Taylor 2, Cameron Whittaker 1.5, Houston Williams 1, Blake Pickett 1