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Bulldogs scalp the Indians 48-34
By LINDA JACOBS
CORRIGAN—The ‘Battle of Highway 287’ continues to be routed through Corrigan-Cam-den after another Bulldog vic-tory over archrival Groveton.The Bulldogs ran their win-ning streak to 16 wins in a row after posting a 48-34 District 12-2A victory over the Indians Friday night at Bulldog Sta-dium.There were a ton of superla-tives by the Bulldogs as they improve their district record to 2-1 and even their overall re-cord to 4-4 with two games left to go in the regular season.Sophomore Keegan Mitchell rushed for a season high 205 yards on just 13 carries (15.7 average) and scored on a 55 yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs. Mitchell also had totes of 48, 34 and 28 yards.The longest run of the night and for the season thus far be-longed to Addison Kirkland who busted through the line for a 70-yard touchdown and fi n-ished with 112 yards on just 10 carries.“People play us with every-body up close and when you do a good job blocking on the offensive line and if there is a seam you can squirt through and you’re off to the races,” said Corrigan head coach Sev-en Armstrong.“People play us up tight like that and we know if we can get a hat on a hat, we can pop through there and go.”Raheim Jones also ran hard for the Bulldogs and fi nished with 87 yards on 12 carries.Carlos Inguanzo was a point making machine Friday as he plowed his way for four Bull-dog touchdowns, scoring on two short runs as well as a 14 and 24-yard touchdown. 1Malyk Johnson added 10 yards as the Bulldogs finished with 482 yards on 56 carries (8.6 average).The Bulldogs were able to rebound after a disappointing loss at New Waverly last week. Several key players that had been sidelined with injuries were back in the lineup against the Indians with the exception of starting QB Haden Arm-strong and defensive back Jus-tin Robbins who was injured late in the New Waverly game.“We came out (tonight) fair-ly healthy,” said Armstrong. “We’re still gimped up a bit, but it was good to see them back on the field tonight, it makes a big difference.”Filling in for Armstrong was junior Cody Rogers who was 1-for-1 with a 42-yard pass completion to Keegan Mitch-ell. Rogers also scored on a one yard touchdown run for the ‘Dogs.The two teams played to a 20-20 tie in the first half, but the Bulldogs were able to keep their win streak going that dates all the way back to 1995 by outscoring the Indians 28-14 in the final 24 minutes.“That was our battle cry coming in,” Coach Armstrong said. “We played hard tonight. They had a good game plan against us and did some things that caused us some problems.“We’ve seen them run the option a little bit, but they ran it a lot tonight and we weren’t quite expecting it. We didn’t play it very well early on but once we figured it out and saw where we were supposed to be we did a better job.”The Indians rushed for 173 yards and moved the chains 13 times in the first half, but was held to 112 yards and nine first downs in the second half as the Bulldog defense tightened their grip.“Groveton’s got a good foot-ball team and they’re doing well right now,” said Armstrong. “We feel good to get a win.”The Bulldogs hope to get two more victories before the regular season wraps up Nov. 9. The Bulldogs will host Hemp-hill Friday night then travel to Anderson Shiro for the season finale.Opening driveThe Indians looked sharp on the opening drive of the game as they took the early lead. They drove the ball methodi-cally down the field 75 yards in 14 plays and scored on a 1-yard QB sneak by sophomore Bran-don Kemper with 6:31 on the clock. They attempted a 2-point run, but Calvin Burks and Dylan Parker stopped Kemper short of the goal line, 6-0 Groveton.The Bulldogs answered on the ensuing drive by traveling 52 yards in seven plays. Both Keegan Mitchell and Raheim Jones carried twice on the drive, but it was Carlos Inguanzo who got the touchdown nod on a 14-yard run with 3:31 left in the first. Cesar Felipe’s PAT sailed wide right and the game was knotted at 6-all.Groveton took advantage of a Corrigan fumble to take the lead 12-6 at the 8:40 mark of the second quarter. The drive cov-ered just 34 yards. QB Kemper would score from one yard out on the seventh play of the drive.The Bulldogs answered quickly on the ensuing posses-sion. On the second play from scrimmage Keegan Mitchell broke down the left sideline on a 55-yard touchdown run with 7:57 on the clock. Inguanzo scored the 2-point run to give the ‘Dogs a 14-12 lead.The Bulldog defense would stop Groveton on the next se-ries on a fourth down play at the Corrigan 37 yard line. Corrigan would take posses-sion and march 63 yards in six plays and score on a Cody Rog-ers 1-yard QB sneak with 2:37 left in the half. Highlighting the drive was a 42-yard pass from Rogers to Mitchell. Two plays later the Rogers score would give the ‘Dogs a 20-12 lead.Groveton would knot the score 20-all, scoring on a Bran-don Kemper 8-yard pass to Je-rome Runnels with just :29 sec-onds left in the half.Second halfThe Bulldogs began to put some distance on the score-board by outscoring the Indians 22-8 in the third quarter. Carlos Inguanzo scored twice in the frame, including a one yard run on the opening drive.The touchdown drive was 56 yards in six plays as Inguanzo plunged across at the 9:23 mark. He also scored the 2-point run to give the “Dogs a 28-20 lead.Corrigan went 80 yards in seven plays to score their next touchdown, which was capped by a two yard Inguanzo run with 4:27 left in the third. Mitchell had a 28-yard run on the drive. The score put the ‘Dogs out front, 34-20.Groveton made it a 34-28 ballgame after Marquel Thomas slipped a Bulldog tackle and scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 3:25 left in the third.The Bulldogs quickly deflated the Indians momentum when fullback Addison Kirkland found daylight on a 70-yard run up the middle, scoring at the 3:14 mark. Inguanzo scored the 2-point run to extend the Bull-dog lead to 42-28.Corrigan scored their final touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Inguanzo turned on the scoring machine one final time when he busted through the line for a 24-yard score at the 10:20 mark for a 48-28 margin.Groveton recovered a Bulldog fumble at the Corrigan 31 yard line to set up their final score of the game. Marquel Thomas scored from three yards out on the fifth play of the drive with just 1:58 left in the game.Thomas attempted a 2-point run but Cody Rogers stopped him short of the goal line for the final margin, 48-34.