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Bulldogs beat Crockett 54-17

 

BY LINDA JACOBS
Contributing Reporter

CORRIGAN—The Corrigan- Camden Bulldogs scored on every possession but one to completely annihilate the Crockett Bulldogs 54-17 at Bulldog Stadium Friday night. With the win, the Bulldogs of Coach Seven Armstrong remain perfect on the season at 4-0. The 'Dogs were unstoppable offensively, scoring six rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and for good measure returned an interception 80 yards for a pick six. The Crockett offense couldn't get anything going against the stingy Bulldog defense. The visitors booted an early fi eld goal to lead 3-0 and then scored just once more in the fi rst half and not again until less than a minute remained in the ballgame. "We played great tonight," commented Coach Armstrong. "I hope we can bottle that up and carry it with us for the next 10 weeks, or 12, or however many weeks it is (throughout the playoffs). "It was a great night offensively and we played better defensively. We've still got some things to fi x, we always will. We'll fi nd something wrong and we'll go to work on it." You certainly couldn't fi nd much wrong with the Bulldog 'bread and butter' running game as three different backs crossed the goal line six times. The Bulldogs even spiced it up a bit and tossed a 33-yard touchdown strike from QB Haden Armstrong to LaKendrick Moore to get the fi reworks started in the fi rst quarter. "We saw that they were giving us something, so we were able to capitalize on it," said Armstrong. "I think we were two for two." QB Armstrong's fi rst pass of the game was a 33-yard touchdown strike down the middle to a wide open LaKendrick Moore who scored to cap a six play, 64- yard drive. QB Armstrong booted the extra point to give Corrigan a 7-3 lead. Crockett had scored fi rst on a 25-yard fi eld goal by Antonio Arcivar after their opening drive stalled at the Corrigan eight yard line. Addison Kirkland, who fi nished the game with 49 hard earned yards on eight carries, would score the fi rst of three touchdowns on the 'Dogs next series of downs. The drive was Corrigan's lon- gest of the game…94 yards, but took just four quick plays as Keegan Mitchell darted and weaved his way for 79 yards on the fi rst carry which reached the Crockett 17 yard line. Speedster Mitchell would fi nish the game with 207 yards on just 12 totes (17.2 avg) making it his third game in a row to rush for more than 200 yards. He's currently one yard shy of 800 yards for the season on only 58 carries. Kirkland fi nished the touchdown drive on a four yard run up the middle to give the 'Dogs a 13-3 lead. Following a Crockett punt, the 'Dogs went back to work and scored on an 8-play, 59 yard drive capped off by a two yard run over the right side by Carlos Inguanzo. Highlighting the drive was a Malyk Johnson 29 yard run to put the ball at the Crockett 30. Johnson later gained nine yards down to the two where Inguanzo scored on the next play to extend the Bulldog lead to 19-3. A Crockett fumble on the ensuing kickoff and a recovery by Corrigan's Bryan Cooper gave the 'Dogs a short fi eld for their next scoring drive. The touchdown was capped in two plays, courtesy of a four yard run by Inguanzo and a 28- yard touchdown run by Keegan Mitchell. Malyk Johnson added the 2- point run to extend the lead to 27-3. Crockett went 75 yards in six plays to score their only touchdown of the first half on a 16 yard strike from Case QB Robinson to 6'3" senior Carlton Shirley. The PAT by Arcivar trimmed their deficit to 27-10. Back on offense, Corrigan would churn out another scoring drive of 56 yards in four plays as Inguanzo scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3- yard run. The touchdown was set up by a 42-yard pass play from QB Armstrong to Dylan Parker. The PAT by Armstrong sailed wide right, 33-10. Crockett's next series ended with a pass interception by Keegan Mitchell who skillfully returned the pick 80 yards for a Bulldog touchdown late in the second frame. Malyk Johnson raced around the left end to score the 2-point run to give the 'Dogs a commanding 41-10 halftime lead. Second half Addison Kirkland would score both Bulldog touchdowns in the second half to finish with a season high three for the game. Both Kirkland scores were from eight yards out. The first drive covered 67 yards in seven plays. Mitchell busted loose on a 42-yard run to put the ball at the Crockett 14 yard line and three plays later Kirkland scored over the right side to extend the Corrigan lead to 47-10. The defense held Crockett on fourth down at the Corrigan 36 on the next series of downs and the 'Dogs took possession and marched 64 yards in nine plays. Inguanzo raced for 30 yards on the first carry to move the ball to the Crockett 34 yard line. Kirkland carried three times on the drive, including the eight yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Armstrong split the uprights to stretch the Corrigan lead to 54-10. Crockett escaped on a 40-yard touchdown run with :40 seconds left in the game, but the damage was done, 54-17. Final pre-season Corrigan will host the Center Roughriders in their final nondistrict game Friday night. The Bulldogs will be looking to avenge last year's 48-13 loss to the Class 3A Roughriders. "They're coming over here which is good, but we'll have our hands full (Friday)," said Coach Armstrong. "I don't think their record is real good right now, but they've been playing real good people." Friday will be the final tuneup game before the Bulldogs kick off district at Deweyville (Oct. 11). "It sounds cliché, but we don't spend a lot of time worrying about other people," Coach Armstrong said. "We're going to see what Center did this weekend on film and get a game plan for them, but we're not going to change what we do. "We're still going to worry about making sure that we're getting better, make sure that we can run the football, make sure that we take care of the football and make sure we play great defense."

 

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