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C-C Bulldogs beat Crockett 41-17
By LINDA JACOBS
CROCKETT—Corrigan- Camden won the ‘Battle of the Bulldogs’ after a dominating offensive explosion leveled the Crockett Bulldogs 41-17 Friday night at Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett. Five Bulldogs ran behind an energized and overpowering offensive line enroute to a 516 yard rushing performance. Two Bulldogs rushed over the 100-yard mark while three more combined for 243 yards as Corrigan manhandled the defensive front line of Crockett. “We owned the line of scrimmage tonight and we’ve been waiting on that,” commented Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong, whose ball club improves to 2-2 after the dominating win Friday night. “We blocked all the way across the front, from tight end to tight end, wingback to fullback and tailback. It was as good of an offensive game as you could imagine having.” Raheim Jones led the explosive Corrigan backfi eld with 164 yards on 15 carries for an impressive 10.9 yards per carry. He scored twice on runs of 10 and 13 yards. Addison Kirkland had his best game of the year with 109 yards on 16 carries plus scored a pair of touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Carlos Inguanzo neared the 100-yard mark, fi nishing with 95 yards and one touchdown on 13 totes. Keegan Mitchell added 88 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown. Mitchell was injured on the second half kickoff return and did not play the remainder of the game, but is expected back this week at Center. Haden Armstrong rounded out the rushing department with 60 yards on 12 carries. All total, the Bulldogs ran the ball 68 times for a net of 516 yards and moved the yard sticks 33 times. The Bulldog defense, which has a lot of 2-way starters, did a great job containing the speed of Crockett, limiting them to 156 rushing yards and 95 yards passing for a total of 251 yards of offense. “We knew they were athletic,” Coach Armstrong said. “Our whole game plan was trying to keep everything inside and keep everything in front of us and we executed our game plan. “We said if they were going to score, they were going to score from between the tackles. They scored a couple from out of there, but that was fine with us. “The kids played their guts out tonight,” added Armstrong. “They were bigger than us, but we got off the football and up front we got our face on people, and that’s what we’ve got to do to be successful.” Roughriders The Bulldogs have little time to enjoy their big win. They will complete the non-district part of their schedule with a trip to Center on Friday to battle the undefeated Class 3A Center Roughriders. The Roughriders defeated Buna in the season opener 33-30, followed by wins over Longview Pine Tree, 42-16, Atlanta 27-14, Fairfield 26-23 (in overtime) and Tatum 43- 30. “Center is good,” said Armstrong. “Center has a good football team. We’ll have our hands full, but if we’ll do what we did tonight and play football like we did tonight, we can play with anyone and I believe that.” First half Crockett won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball first. They wasted little time in showing off their potential talent. On second and 11, QB De’Yasim Warfield escaped on a 32 yard run to the Corrigan 33 yard line. Warfield followed that up with an 18-yard pass to Michael McKnight for first and 10 at the 15 yard line. Running back Devin Robbins scooted in for the score on the next play and Jorge Monsivais split the uprights for a 7-0 lead with 11:27 on the clock. A nifty 35-yard kickoff return by Keegan Mitchell had the Bulldogs at midfield for their first possession of the game. The drive started off sluggishly as the Bulldogs were charged with two penalties, including one that voided a 54-yard touchdown run by Mitchell. The ‘Dogs regained momentum on some nice runs, including a 17 yarder by Raheim Jones and a 10 yard burst by Inguanzo. Keegan Mitchell had the last two runs of the drive, including the touchdown from six yards out with 5:05 left in the first. QB Haden Armstrong attempted a pass to Cody Rogers that fell incomplete to leave Crockett in the lead, 7-6. Crockett’s next drive started from their own 30 and went to the Corrigan 18 before stalling. Jorge Monsivais came in and booted a 35-yard field goal to put Crockett up 10-6 with 10:12 left in the second frame. Corrigan began their next possession at their own 12-yard line. On third and three, Inguanzo gained six to the 25 for a first down. Addison Kirkland plowed his way through the line and gained 26 yards to move the ball inside Crockett territory at the 49. Both Mitchell and Inguanzo had double-digit runs of 20 and 11 yards, respectively, to move the ball down to the 19 yard line. Three plays later Inguanzo scored from seven yards out to push Corrigan into the lead, 12- 10 with 4:50 left in the half. Crockett threatened on the ensuing drive after recovering an onside kick attempt at the Corrigan 41. At one point they had it first and goal at the Corrigan 7. Two more runs pushed the ball to the one yard line. On the next play McKnight fumbled and Kade Moore recovered for the ‘Dogs with 2:19 left in the half. Second half The Bulldogs came out in the second half and completely dominated the game on both sides of the ball. “We picked the pace up even more (in the second half) and that made a difference,” Coach Armstrong said. “Our kids smelled a little blood tonight and when they smelled blood they got after it.” The offense went about their business and scored on four consecutive drives while the defense limited Crockett to just two first downs with one of the first downs coming on their only score of the second half when A.J. Phillips got loose on a 52 yard touchdown run with just 3:50 left in the game. Bulldog Raheim Jones got unleashed in the second half and scored the first of his two second half touchdowns on the opening drive. The ‘Dogs traveled 65 yards in seven plays and scored on a 10 yard run by Jones with 8:23 in the third. Jones highlighted the drive with a 35-yard run on a first and 15 following a Bulldog penalty. QB Haden Armstrong scored the 2-point conversion to stretch the lead to 20-10. Carlos Inguanzo halted a potential threat on the ensuing series by recovering a Crockett fumble at the Corrigan 20 yard line. The Bulldogs converted the miscue into another touchdown when they covered the 80 yards in 12 plays and scored on a four yard run by Addison Kirkland, his first of two second half touchdowns. Corrigan had four runs of more than 10 yards on the drive, including runs of 16, 11 and 13 by Jones. The Kirkland TD shoved the ‘Dogs out front, 26- 10. Kirkland and the Bulldogs drove the ball 55 yards in seven plays for their next touchdown. Kirkland crossed the goal line on a seven yard run with 8:54 in the fourth frame. Inguanzo scored the 2-point run to increase the lead to 34- 10. Jones scored the final Bulldog touchdown with 4:53 left in the game. The drive covered 49 yards in seven plays. Inguanzo had an 11 yard run on the drive and Kirkland bulldozed his way for a 12 yard run. Jones got the TD when he scored around the left end on a 13 yard run. Cesar Felipe booted the extra point for a 41-10 lead.