Bulldogs blast Vikings in season opener
The Cornersville Bulldogs started the 2017 campaign in style, blasting the Community Vikings 55-14 at Frog Bottom Friday night.
“I was very happy to start the season off with a good win,” Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph said. “The guys came out focused and battled to the last whistle.”
“The previous two years we had suffered some tough losses in our first game of the year, and so it was exciting to start off on a positive note this year.”
Cornersville wasted little time putting the Vikings on the wrong end of the scoreboard as they scored 21 first quarter points.
Junior standout running back Eli Woodard accounted for 20 of the 21 points on a pair of touchdown runs, a 2-point conversion run, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown from his defensive backfield position.
Woodard finished the contest with a 129 yards on 18 carries to lead the Cornersville offense that amassed 304 yards in the rushing game.
Cameron Whittaker toted the rock six times for 95 yards and one touchdown and Kolbe McMahon had eight carries for 74 yards and two scores.
“I thought the guys did a great job of running the ball hard,” Randolph said. “Those guys know that it's not possible without the big guys up front opening the holes. Our offensive staff had a great game plan, and that in turn resulted into all three running backs racking up good yardage on the night.”
“When a coach can give the ball to a Kolbe McMahon, Cameron Whitaker, Trenten Warren, and Eli Woodard that makes our job a lot less stressful.”
Community got on the board early in the second quarter on a Landon Langley 7-yard run and an Antonio Lanham 2-yard PAT pass from Wyatt Sobiek, making it 21-8.
The Bulldogs struck back quickly, on the ground and in the air, beginning with a McMahon 5-yard TD run followed by a Henlee Mitchell 17-yard TD strike to Peyton Finch as the Bulldogs pulled out in front 35-8 at halftime.
The Vikings came out of the locker room and scored on a long 94-pass from Wyatt Sobiek to Langley.
From there it was all Bulldogs again as Randolph’s squad scored 20 unanswered points to end the contest on touchdown runs by Whittaker and McMahon and a pass and catch score by Whittaker and Mitchell.
Mitchell turned in a solid performance behind center, completing 3-of-4 passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
“I was so happy for the success that Henlee had on the night, when we needed him to make plays, he did,” Randolph said. “If we can run the ball well and compliment it with a good passing game, I think that makes our offense that much better.”
Jackson Farler also saw some action and went 3-for-7 for 38 yards and an interception.
Devin Baus led the Bulldogs on defense with 7 tackles and an interception, Woodard also had 7 takedowns, Ethan Courtamanche 6, CJ Coble 5.5, and Brice Dunkleman 4.
Blake Pickett had three and a half tackles and quarterback sack, while Brock Powers had 3.5, Cameron Whittaker 3, Darien Bush 3, Peyton Finch 3, Noah Polk 2.5, and Adam Qualls had two tackles, a sack and went 3-for-5 on PAT kicks.
“On defense we gave up two big pass plays that resulted in most of the passing yards on the night,” Randolph said. “Community did pass the ball a bunch after going down three scores, but we have to do a better job of defending the pass. That is something that will be a focal point this week, because we face a very talented Eagleville squad that will have a very good quarterback and receiver.”
The Bulldogs leave Frog Bottom this week when they travel to 2A Eagleville, who shutout Huntland 40-0 in its season opener.
“Eagleville will be a very tough test, they are a disciplined and a well-coached team that have some big time playmakers on their team,” Randolph said. “They have a quarterback that is 6’3 205lbs. that can really spin it and they also have two preseason All-State performers at the receiver position and nose tackle.”
“This will be a really good test for us to play up a class to prepare our team for a really tough region schedule.”
Community 0 8 6 0-14
Cornersville 21 14 13 7-55
Cornersville: Eli Woodard 40-yard run, PAT no good
Cornersville: Woodard 6-yard run, Woodard 2-pt. run
Cornersville: Woodard fumble recovery, Adam Qualls PAT
Community: Landon Langley 7-yard run, Antonio Lanham 2-yard pass from Wyatt Sobiek
Cornersville: Kolbe McMahon 5-yard run, Darien Brown 2-yard pass from Brock Powers
Cornersville: Peyton Finch 17-yard pass from Henlee Mitchell, Woodward 2-pt. run
Community: Langley 94-pass from Sobiek, PAT run no good
Cornersville: Cameron Whittaker 38-yard pass from Mitchell, Qualls PAT
Cornersville: Whittaker 94-yard run, PAT no good
Cornersville: McMahon 3-yard run, Qualls PAT
Total Yards: Community 380, Cornersville 408
Rushing: Community 146, Cornersville 304
Passing: Community 234, Cornersville 104
First downs: Community 17, Cornersville 18
Turnovers: Community 3, Cornersville 2
Penalties: Community 7-58, Cornersville 3-20
Rushing: Eli Woodard 18-129-2 TDs, Cameron Whittaker 6-95-TD, Kolbe McMahon 8-74-2TDs, Darien Bush 1-8, Jackson Farler 2-(-2)
Passing: Henlee Mitchell 3-4-66-2 TDs-0 Int., Jackson Farler 3-7-38-0-Int.
Receiving: Cameron Whittaker 2-41-TD, Kolbe McMahon 1-31, Peyton Finch 2-28-TD, Ryan Prosser 1-4
Tackles: Devin Baus 7 (INT), Eli Woodard 7, Ethan Courtamanche 6, CJ Coble 5.5, Brice Dunkleman 4, Blake Pickett 3.5 (SACK), Brock Powers 3.5, Cameron Whittaker 3, Darien Bush 3, Peyton Finch 3, Noah Polk 2.5, Adam Qualls 2 (SACK), Brady Calahan, Kolbe McMahon, Ryan Prosser, Jacob Brooks, Tracy Wood, Devon Massengill .5, Boone Soloman .5
Kickoff returns; Cameron Whittaker 1-34
PAT: Adam Qualls 3-5