Bulldogs run over Raiders for seventh straight shutout

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The gang-tackling Cornersville defense, seen here versus Fayetteville, pitched its seventh consecutive shutout via a 57-0 win at Richland Friday night.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Cornersville’s march to an undefeated regular season continued with a bang at Richland Friday night as the Bulldogs pounded the Raiders 57-0 for their seventh straight shutout and back-to-back Region 5-A titles.

“The defense played lights out against Richland,” Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph said. “We had a great week of practice game planning for Richland, and the guys did their part by coming our playing fast, physical, and aggressive. I was so proud of the way the defense played.”

Eli Woodard (22) rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 57-0 win at Richland.

The Bulldogs outgained Richland 464 to 104, including 303 yards of rushing offense led by Eli Woodard, who ran the ball just four times for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Woodard also caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and capped off the Bulldogs’ title clinching night with an interception return for a score.

“Eli had a stellar game for us on Friday night,” Randolph stated. “He was able to get it going early in the game by taking the first play from scrimmage for a 58-yard TD.”

“Not only did he do well offensively, but he made several plays defensively also. I can't say enough about the energy he brings to the game, and the kid is a fierce competitor.”

Trenten Warren had six carries for 98 yards and a TD, Rhett Woodard toted the rock four times for 25 yards, Cameron Whitaker garnered four touches for 21 yards and a touchdown, Jackson Mitchell had one rush for 12 yards and C.J. Coble got into the act with two rushes for 10 yards and his first career touchdown on a 3-yard fourth quarter run.

“C.J. was very appreciative of getting his first touchdown,” Randolph said. “As hard as this young man works on being a physical blocker up front, it was awesome to see him get in and score his first touchdown. I was very proud for him.”

The Cornersville offense, led by senior quarterback Henlee Mitchell (10), have been prolific this season as they have averaged 43.8 points per game and have amassed 2,863 yards on the season, while outscoring their opponents 394-to-20.

Senior signal caller Henlee Mitchell continued his almost flawless season behind center, completing 6-of-8 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Mitchell is now 29-for-43 for 679 yards and zero interceptions.

The Bulldogs put up 20 first quarter points and added 15 more in the second period to put the game away and play the entire second half with a running clock due to the TSSAA 35-point mercy rule.

Cornersville has bye week before returning to the field at Frog Bottom for a senior night regular season finale versus Huntland next Friday.

“We will approach the Huntland game as we have all year long,” Randolph said. “It will be a bitter sweet night for everyone. The time has come for this senior class to play in their last regular season game as a senior, and they will be excited, but it will be hard to see this awesome group of guys play in that final regular season home game.”

Cornersville once again won the turnover battle with a 3-0 edge over the Raiders.

“It's always a plus when you can win the turnover battle in a football game,” Randolph said. ‘We stress to the guys that we cannot turn the ball over, because that will get you beat quicker than anything.”

“We also talk about how creating turnovers will give us a better chance at winning ballgames. Our defensive staff has done a great job of putting guys in position to be successful.”

The Bulldogs’ 10th scheduled game of the season was cancelled by Lancaster Christian Academy.

“Football is such a long grueling journey each season, it is always good to make it to your bye week, especially when your bye week is deep in the season as our open date is,” Randolph said. “The guys need a little bit of a break, and the coaches do also. We will take a couple days to recharge, and then we will get back at it.”

Cornersville 20 15 7 15-57

Richland 0 0 0 0-0

Scoring Plays

First Quarter

Cornersville-Eli Woodard 58-yard run, Trenten Warren run NG.

Cornersville-Cameron Whitaker 5-yard run, Jackson Williams PAT.

Cornersville-Trenten Warren 58-yard run, Jackson Williams PAT.

Second Quarter

Cornersville-Cameron Whitaker 20-yard pass from Henlee Mitchell, Jackson Williams PAT.

Cornersville-Eli Woodard 39-yard pass from Henlee Mitchel, Eli Woodard run.

Third quarter

Cornersville-Eli Woodard 40-yard run, Jackson Williams PAT.

Fourth Quarter

Cornersville-C. J. Coble 3-yard run, Jackson Williams PAT.

Cornersville-Eli Woodard interception return, Ryan Prosser run.

Total Offense: Cornersville 464, Richland 104.

Rushing: Cornersville 303, Richland 79.

Passing: Cornersville 161, Richland 25.

First Downs: Cornersville 18, Richland 4.

Penalties: Cornersville 2-15, Richland 4-45.

Turnovers: Cornersville 0, Richland 3.

Cornersville Offense

Rushing: Eli Woodard 4-127-2TD, Trenten Warren 6-98-TD, Rhett Woodard 4-25, Cameron Whitaker 4-21-TD, Jackson Mitchell 1-12, C.J. Coble 2-10-TD, Jackson Farler 3-9, Devin Baus 1-7, Henlee Mitchell 1-(-6).

Passing: Henlee Mitchell 6-8-161-2TD.

Receiving: Cameron Whitaker 3-85-TD, Eli Woodard 1-39-TD, Ryan Prosser 1-20, Blake Pickett 1-17.

Kicking

PAT: Jackson Williams 5-5.

Returns

Kickoff: Ryan Prosser 1-19.

Punts: Cameron Whitaker 1-6.

Defense

Tackles: Trenten Warren 6 (2.5TFL), Eli Woodard 4 (2INT), Sebastian Smith 4 (1.5TFL), Houston Williams 3 (TFL), C.J. Coble 2.5, Devon Massengill 2 (TFL), Ryan Prosser (TFL), Cameron Whitaker 1, Peyton Finch 1, Blake Pickett 1 (INT), Devon Baus 1, Caden Pigue 1, Tracy Wood 1, Ethan Courtemanche .5.