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Bulldogs win season opener 47-19
By LINDA JACOBS
CORRIGAN—In a rousing start to the 2013 football season, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs accumulated almost 500 yards offense and collected fi ve turnovers in a convincing 47-19 win over the Elysian Fields Yellowjackets Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs dominated from start to fi nish, scoring on four of their fi ve fi rst half possessions, including two scores set up on a fumble recovery by Addison Kirkland and a pass interception by Kade Moore. The result was a commanding 27-13 halftime lead. Three more fumble recoveries in the second half by Calvin Burks, Chris Taylor and Malyk Johnson would keep the visitors in check and the Bulldogs fi nished the rout by outscoring the Yellowjackets 20-6 over the fi nal two frames. It was a complete turnaround from last year's game when the Bulldogs committed four turnovers and had several costly penalties in a 37-22 loss to the Yellowjackets. The Bulldogs played much more like a veteran ballclub as they kicked off their 2013 campaign on a winning note. "We're defi nitely an older football team this year," stated Bulldog Head Coach Seven Armstrong. "We went to Elysian Fields last year and I told the kids we were a bunch of little snot nosed kids that wasn't ready for a high school football game. Tonight, we weren't those kids anymore. We were more grown up football players when we came out here tonight." The Bulldog offensive line was tough up front against the Yellowjackets, allowing the backfi eld to collect 428 rushing yards on 55 carries. Junior Keegan Mitchell led the explosive attack with 169 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Malyk Johnson averaged over 12 yards a carry by rushing for 128 yards on 10 totes, including the longest run of the night on a 57-yard touchdown romp. "We're looking pretty good up front," commented Coach Armstrong. "(LaDarius) Hamilton is doing a good job there and (Sebastian) Pecina has really stepped up at guard. He had a great summer. He got in the weight room and got stronger and he's doing a great job up front right now." Adding to the offensive totals were, Carlos Inguanzo with 53 yards and one touchdown. Raheim Jones was running at an eight yard clip with 32 yards on just four totes before he hurt his ankle and had to be taken by ambulance to Lufkin for an x-ray. Unfortunately, it was reported later that Jones broke his ankle and foot and will be out for the season. Addison Kirkland rushed for 24 yards and scored once and QB Haden Armstrong added 17 yards rushing. Having anyone go down with an injury is always tough on the Bulldogs who are no strangers to being short on numbers, this year is no exception. "We had an injury tonight that made us even thinner," said Armstrong. "The bad thing is (Jones') position is also in our secondary where we are already thin, but we did a good job as a football team of stepping up and filling in. When somebody goes down, somebody has to step up and I'm proud of our kids for that. "They all ran the ball hard tonight," added Armstrong. "We're rolling them all through because they're all having to play defense and that's where we want them." The offensive unit also collected 49 yards through the air on 2-of-3 pass completions. Keegan Mitchell tossed a 35-yard pass to LaKendrick Moore and QB Haden Armstrong connected a 14-yard pass to Dylan Parker. Kudos to the defense as well. The hard working unit limited the Yellowjackets to 214 yards on the ground and 90 yards through the air for a net of 304 yards. Turnovers definitely played a big key in limiting a potentially dangerous Yellowjacket offense. First Half The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and marched 58 yards in six plays to score their first touchdown of the season. Malyk Johnson returned the kick 17 yards to start the drive from their own 42 yard line. Carlos Inguanzo had the first carry for five yards, followed by a pair of runs by Keegan Mitchell to move the ball to the EF 40 yard line. Double digit runs by QB Haden Armstrong (13 yards) and Raheim Jones (21 yards) set up the touchdown run by Mitchell, his first of the night, good from eight yards out around the left side with 8:47 on the clock. Armstrong booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead. The Yellowjackets answered with a 50-yard drive in nine plays, scoring on a one yard QB sneak by Logan Hughes. The extra point failed and the 'Dogs held a 7-6 lead with 5:01 left in the opening frame. The 'Dogs went back to work and drove the ball 65 yards in eight plays to take a 13-6 lead. Highlighting this drive was a 35- yard halfback toss from Keegan Mitchell that was deflected by a Yellowjacket but still caught by LaKendrick Moore at the EF 22 yard line. Carlos Inguanzo scored six plays later from two yards out with :39 seconds left in the first. Armstrong's PAT sailed wide right. Addison Kirkland got the game's first turnover on the next series when he recovered a Yellowjacket fumble at the Bulldog 45 yard line. Corrigan turned the miscue into points eight plays later when Mitchell scored on a 20-yard run with 8:15 left in the second quarter. Armstrong connected the point after for a 20-6 lead. The 'Jackets made the most noise of the ballgame by scoring on the next series, moving 72 yards in eight plays and scoring on a 46-yard pass play with 5:29 on the clock and pulling to within 20-13. Then, two plays into the Bulldogs next drive, the 'Jackets recovered a fumble near midfield. Fortunately, the turnover bug bit again and Kade Moore picked off a Yellowjacket pass near the Bulldog five yard line. Moore put the 'Dogs back in business with a nifty 55 yard return to the EF 40 yard line. Mitchell would get the touchdown five plays later on a pitchout to the right side. He made a cut back inside and scored down the left sideline on a 27-yard run. Armstrong split the uprights to give the 'Dogs a 27-13 lead with 1:01 left in the half. Second half A fumble recovery by Calvin Burks disrupted the 'Jackets opening drive of the second half. Later in the frame, with 5:54 on the clock, Chris Taylor recovered a loose pigskin that would set up the only score of the third quarter. The drive covered 43 yards in just three plays. Malyk Johnson got the bulk of the yardage on a 35 yard run to the eight yard line. Two plays later Mitchell scored on a 2-yard run and Armstrong kicked the extra point to make it a 34-13 ballgame with five minutes left in the third. The 'Jackets scored in the fourth after recovering a Bulldog fumble at the Corrigan 40 yard line. Tanner Davis, who led their running game with 166 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 32-yard run with 11:35 in the fourth for a 34-19 margin. The Bulldogs put the game on ice by scoring twice in the fourth frame. Addison Kirkland notched a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:17 left in the game for a 40-19 lead. On the ensuing kickoff return the 'Jackets fumbled for the fourth time and Malyk Johnson recovered for the Bulldogs. Johnson would score three plays later when he shot past the 'Jacket secondary on a speedy 57-yard touchdown run for the final score of the game, 47-19. Next action The Bulldogs have road games at Diboll and Woodville the next two weeks. After an open date Sept. 20, the 'Dogs return to Bulldog Stadium Sept. 27 for Homecoming, hosting the Crockett Bulldogs. The last non-district game will be Oct. 4th at home against Class 3A Center. "Our hands are going to be full for a while," Coach Armstrong said. "We need to stay healthy, no doubt about it. If we stay healthy I think we're going to be a little force to be recreckoned with. We'll find out."