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Bulldogs dominate the Hornets 56-6
By LINDA JACOBS
CORRIGAN—Both Raheim Jones and Keegan Mitchell rushed for more than 100 yards apiece and scored four touchdowns to help lead the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs to a convincing 56-6 win over the Hemphill Hornets in District 12-2A football action Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. The lopsided win featured more than Jones and Mitchell as a whole bunch of Bulldog teammates got in on the gridiron action and into the game before the scoring fest was over. Since injuries have continued to plague the Bulldogs all year long the JV team was recently moved up to the varsity ranks. “It was a great night. Every kid on the sideline played,” stated Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong. “We moved the JV’s up several weeks ago and we were hoping to get into this opportunity where we could play those kids and get them some playing time. They work hard all week long and they haven’t had much to show for it.” Friday’s win over Hemphill improved the Bulldogs record to 5-4 for the season and 3-1 in district. Corrigan will close out the regular season Friday against the Anderson-Shiro Owls. The game will be played at Iola High School. The Owls, who are playing their fi rst year at the varsity level, do not have their own stadium yet. The Owls have yet to post a win in district this season as Groveton handed them a 76-34 loss last week. “You’ve still got to play the game and we got to make sure we don’t take somebody lightly,” said Coach Armstrong. “We’ve got to make sure we work hard. Just like I told the kids, this is still about getting us better and making sure we play at the level that we’re supposed to play at. “We’re going to go back to work Monday just like always and prepare for Anderson-Shiro just like we prepare for any team.” First quarter Keegan Mitchell got the fi rst of his three touchdowns courtesy of a fumble recovery on Hemphill’s opening drive of the game. Mitchell picked up the loose ball and scooted 35 yards for a Bulldog touchdown with 10:37 on the clock to give Corrigan an early 6-0 lead. Despite missing some games this year with injury Mitchell is the top Bulldog rusher with 847 yards on 105 carries (8.0 avg.) and leads the team with 11 touchdowns. The only blemishes in the game were two fumbles by the Bulldogs, including a sure touchdown run by Carlos Inguanzo who had the ball stripped at the goal line and recovered by the Hornets in the end zone. “We actually played a little sloppy in the first half offensively with a couple of turnovers,” Coach Armstrong said. “We go in with a 35-0 lead at halftime but the first thing they got was a little chewing on. We’ve got to take care of the football. That’s always first priority.” It wasn’t long, however, before the Bulldogs were back in business when Cody Rogers scored on a 45 yard run up the middle with 5:24 left in the first. A 40-yard punt return by Mitchell had given the Bulldogs a first down at the Hemphill 45 and Rogers scored on a QB run on the first play from scrimmage. Carlos Inguanzo scored the 2-pointer for a 14-0 lead. Jay Lawson recovered a fumble at the Hornet 40 yard line on the ensuing kickoff to quickly put the ‘Dogs back on offense. Mitchell gained 13 on the first play, followed by a 16- yard pass from Rogers to Lawson to move the ball down to the 11. Sophomore Christian Ruiz scored on the next play to cap the 40-yard drive at the 4:34 mark of the opening frame. Cesar Felipe booted the extra point for a 21-0 lead. The Bulldogs scored twice more in the second frame, including a nifty 69-yard run by Raheim Jones at the 7:18 mark that extended the lead to 27-0. Jones finished as the game’s leading rusher with 104 yards on 10 carries. Jones is the second leading rusher this year with 595 yards on 81 carries (7.3 avg.) and has scored four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. A fumble recovery by Clay Nash set up the next Bulldog score. The drive covered 81 yards in 11 plays. Keegan Mitchell got the touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Cody Rogers with :36 seconds left before halftime. Mitchell scored the 2- point run to lift the lead to 35-0 at the break. Second half The Bulldogs received the second half kickoff and would march 68 yards in 10 plays to score their only touchdown of the third quarter. Keegan Mitchell capped the 10-play scoring drive with a one yard plunge at the 7:45 mark. Felipe split the uprights for a 42-0 margin. A couple of freshman Bulldogs scored the final two touchdowns of the game. QB LaKendrick Moore scooted for a 40-yard touchdown with 10:41 left in the game to extend the lead to 49-0 after a Felipe PAT. The Moore touchdown capped a 91-yard march after the Bulldogs had to begin the drive at the nine yard line following a block in the back penalty. Christian Ruiz gained 17 yards on the first play of the drive to get the ‘Dogs out to the 26 yard line. Later, Inguanzo had a 15 yard run for the ‘Dogs. Moore escaped on the touchdown run on a third and nine play. The Bulldogs had a much shorter distance to cover on their final touchdown of the game. After holding the Hornets deep in their end of the field and a short punt the ‘Dogs began the drive at the Hemphill 42 yard line. Malyk Johnson carried twice for nine yards to the 33. Roy Pena gained two to the 31. On the next play Johnson scored on a run up the middle with 6:44 on the clock. Cesar Felipe split the uprights to give the ‘Dogs a 56- 0 advantage. Hemphill marched from their own 30 down to the Corrigan 18 before they coughed up the football. Making the recovery for the Bulldogs was freshman Levi Hurley with 3:24 left in the game. Hemphill running back Emery Hamilton side stepped a few Bulldog tacklers to score the Hornets only touchdown of the game when he broke on a 64- yard TD with :55 seconds left in the game for the final margin, 56-6. Defense Top Bulldog tacklers included Carlos Inguanzo, Calvin Burks, Kyle Vance, Henry Guzman, LaKendrick Moore, Cody Rogers, Kaleb Romero, Jay Lawson, Chris Caballero, Ben Martinez, Clay Nash, Levi Hurley and Christian Ruiz.