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Bulldogs dominate New Waverly 66-8
BY LINDA JACOBS
CORRIGAN—Corrigan- Camden turned out to be the meaner of the two Bulldogs in Friday's District 12-2A matchup as the home town Bulldogs battered the New Waverly Bulldogs 66-8 to win their seventh straight game of the season. More importantly, the Bulldogs extended their district record to 2-0 after opening with a 62-34 win at Deweyville in the league opener. In that game, the 'Dogs had to overcome a 20-18 halftime defi - cit. They did so in a big way by outscoring the Pirates 44-14 in the fi nal two frames. There was defi nitely no repeat performance when the two 'battling Bulldogs' met on the turf Friday night. "We came out with a little fi re in our eyes and we smelled blood early," said Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong. "As a football team that's what you want to do. "Our whole war cry all week long was don't play down to somebody. Let's make sure we go out there and get better as a football team." The Bulldogs scored in a bunch of different ways and on every possession of the fi rst half to lead 60-0 at the break. The teams agreed to run the clock in the second half and both teams scored one touchdown apiece. The Bulldogs ran the ball 37 times for a net of 319 yards and moved the chains for 20 fi rst downs. Malyk Johnson was Corrigan's top ground gainer with 108 yards on 13 carries (8.3 avg.) and one touchdown. Johnson has now rushed for 603 yards on 73 carries and scored six TD's this season. Keegan Mitchell had seven carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns, plus returned a punt 77 yards for another Bulldog score. Mitchell has rushed for 1,354 yards and scored 14 rushing TD's this year. Addison Kirkland averaged more than 10 yards per carry to fi nish with 62 yards on six carries and one touchdown. Jaylon Williams made the most of his short night by rushing for 34 yards on seven car ries and scoring on a fi ve yard touchdown run. Carlos Inguanzo had two carries for 14 yards and both Haden Armstrong and Bryan Cooper tallied four yards apiece. Armstrong moved the chains twice by completing 2-of-4 passes for 55 yards. His fi rst target was a 32-yard strike to Justin Robbins, followed by a 23-yard connection to Chris Taylor. Overall, the Bulldogs accumulated 374 total yards and 22 fi rst downs. Defense The Corrigan defense limited New Waverly to a mere 38 total yards and only two fi rst downs during the game (one rushing and one via penalty). The defense collected four fumbles in the game, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Chris Taylor and Jay Lawson. Both Addison Kirkland and Malyk Johnson recovered a fumble that led to Corrigan scoring drives. Battle of Hwy. 287 Corrigan will be aiming for district win number three when they travel to play Groveton Friday in the 'Battle of Hwy. 287.' The annual rivalry game is one of the longest in Texas. Corrigan has owned 'bragging rights' for the last 16 years and will be going for their 17th straight win over the Indians when the two teams take the fi eld Friday night. "Groveton is going to play us as hard as they can," said Coach Armstrong. "It's one of those games you throw the records out. We have to go out there and we have to play the game. The Indians (5-2, 2-0) will be riding a five game winning streak after opening the season with losses to Trinity (30-6) and Alto (47-27). Since the third week they have reeled off wins against Hull-Daisetta, 32-21, Shelbyville, 16-14, Cross Roads, 58-6 and district wins over New Waverly 36-32 and Hemphill 21-0. Last year the Bulldogs came out on top in a 48-34 slugfest. Corrigan will be playing for a trio of streaks this year, including their 8th win of the season, a 3-0 mark in district and a 17th consecutive win over the Indians. "That's pretty important around here," said Armstrong, referring to the Bulldogs reign over the Indians. "It's a record we'd like to keep going, no doubt." First half blowout Corrigan had little trouble in landing a knockout punch to New Waverly in the first half by scoring 60 unanswered points which led to the clock being ran in the second half. The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff from New Waverly, marched 61 yards in five plays and scored on an 8-yard run by Addison Kirkland with 10:03 on the clock for their first score of the game. Two big runs on the drive by Carlos Inguanzo (12 yards) and Malyk Johnson (26 yards) set up the Kirkland score and a 6-0 lead. Kirkland would recover a fumble on the ensuing drive at the New Waverly 47 yard line. He later carried for a 12-yard pickup to the New Waverly 18 yard line. Three plays later Carlos Inguanzo scored on a burst up the middle for a 12-0 lead with 5:22 on the clock. The Corrigan defense forced New Waverly to punt from their own 12 yard line. A high snap from center had the punter backtracking into the end zone where he fell on the ball for a safety to give Corrigan a 14-0 lead with 2:41 left in the first quarter. After a 17-yard return by Carlos Inguanzo on the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs had just 31 yards left for their next score. Kirkland had a 16-yard run to the 11 on the drive. Malyk Johnson scored on the next play to make it a 20-0 lead with 1:27 left in the first frame. New Waverly's next possession ended with a fumble recovery by Johnson with 1:18 on the clock. It was another short scoring drive for Corrigan…34 yards in five plays and topped off with a seven yard run by Keegan Mitchell with 11:55 left in the second quarter. Armstrong split the uprights for a 27-0 margin. New Waverly gained just four yards on their next possession and punted from their own 36 yard line. Keegan Mitchell collected the punt at his own 23 and sped down the left sideline for a 77-yard touchdown with 9:17 left in the quarter. Armstrong's PAT sailed wide right, 33-0. New Waverly punted on their next series from their own 32 yard line. Corrigan took over at the 26 and covered the 74 needed yards in five plays, scoring on a 32-yard run by Mitchell with 4:36 left in the half, 39-0. A fumble by New Waverly on the ensuing kickoff led to a touchdown for Chris Taylor who scooped up the loose pigskin and returned it 20 yards for a Bulldog touchdown with 4:26 on the clock. Armstrong split the uprights to extend the lead to 46-0. New Waverly rolled the dice on the next series and went for it on fourth and three but gained just two yards. Corrigan took possession at the New Waverly 30 with 1:59 left in the half. Armstrong went to the air on first down and hit Chris Taylor for a 23-yard pass to the seven. A penalty by New Waverly set the ball at the four yard line. Mitchell scored on the next play and Armstrong booted the PAT for a 53-0 lead with 1:33 left in the half. What more could possibly go wrong for New Waverly? Well, on the second play of their next series the 'Dogs forced a fumble in the backfield and it was picked up by Jay Lawson for another Bulldog score with just over a minute to play in the half. Armstrong's extra point sailed through the uprights for a commanding 60-0 halftime lead. Second half New Waverly scored on a Bulldog turnover in the second half for their only points of the game. Keegan Mitchell was on a 23-yard run when the ball was stripped from behind. Michael McBride picked it up off the turf and ran 70 yards for a New Waverly touchdown with 5:50 left in the third. Quarterback Chaz Jackson hit McBride on a 2-point pass for a 60-8 margin. Corrigan went 56 yards in 11 plays and scored on a 5-yard run by Jaylon Williams with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs last touchdown and 66-8 final.