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Bulldogs beat Groveton to have 8-0 record


BY LINDA JACOBS Contributing Reporter GROVETON—After spotting the Groveton Indians two touchdowns in the fi rst quarter, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs answered their wakeup call and sent the Groveton Indians home licking their wounds in a 39-14 District 12-2A loss Friday night in Groveton. The Indians shocked the Bulldogs by marching 74 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game and then took advantage of a fumble recovery to lead 14-0 with 2:31 left in the fi rst quarter. The last time the 'Dogs had trailed at halftime (at Deweyville) a lecture awaited them in the locker room. One wasn't needed Friday night. "I just told them sooner or later you've got to make your minds up and they did," said Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong. "They knew they weren't right in the fi rst half and we had calmed down a little there in the second quarter. "Groveton had a great game plan, I'm not taking anything away from them. Offensively, they had a great game plan and defensively they had a great game plan for us. It just took us a little while to adapt to it." The Bulldogs began to settle into the game and put two scores on the board in the second quarter and only trailed 14-13 at the break. A solid defensive effort enabled the 'Dogs to pitch a shutout in the fi nal three frames and secure their 8th win of the season. "We did a good job adapting defensively tonight, we just didn't stay on track very well offensively." Turnovers and penalties continue to slow the Bulldogs down. They fumbled twice and committed six penalties for 75 yards. "That's part of it I guess," said Armstrong. "I've been trying to get better defensively for weeks now and we did, but we slid on the other side. We've got to get clicking and we're just not there yet, but we'll get there. "I told the kids we're not here to go one round or two rounds (in the playoffs). We've got to make sure that our goal is to win the whole thing and we can't play like we did tonight and do that." Hemphill The Bulldogs will be shooting for win number nine when they travel to Hemphill to battle the Hornets. It's a game that should go their way. "They're down and struggling and it's somebody we should beat and should beat easily, but we've got to go do it. "If we turn the ball over and we keep making these penalties that are killing us right now, we're going to have a hard time with anybody. It's just the nature of the beast with what we do." In other District 12-2A action last week, Deweyville hammered Hemphill 45-6 and Anderson-Shiro defeated New Waverly 26-14. 1-2 punch Despite the 'Dogs sluggish start, they fi nished with a good 1-2 punch from Keegan Mitchell and Malyk Johnson who combined for 249 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Johnson added a third touchdown defensively by stripping the ball from Groveton on a kickoff return. Mitchell fi nished as the top rusher with 145 yards on 13 carries and scored twice, including a 71-yard scamper. Johnson had nine carries for 104 yards and scored on runs of 15 and 29 yards. Quarterback Haden Armstrong had 10 runs against the Indians for 57 yards and one touchdown on a 20-yard burst. Carlos Inguanzo had seven carries for 44 yards and Addison Kirkland gained 35 yards on nine carries. Armstrong went 1-for-1 in the passing department with a 19- yard toss to Keegan Mitchell. The Bulldogs fi nished with a total of 404 yards. They moved the fi rst down markers 18 times rushing and one via pass. Defense The Bulldog defense held the Indians to a total of 258 yards. Groveton fi nished with 185 yards rushing on 37 carries (one touchdown) and completed 7-of-20 passes for 73 and one touchdown. Quarterback Brandon Kemper was the leading rusher for Groveton with 97 yards on 19 carries. Defensive standouts for Corrigan were, Carlos Inguanzo, Chris Taylor, Calvin Burks, LaDarius Hamilton, Kade Moore, Cody Rogers, Clay Nash, Sebastian Pecina, Jay Lawson, Addison Kirkland, Jessie Mize, LaKendrick Moore, Malyk Johnson, Keegan Mitchell and Dylan Parker. First half Groveton received the fi rst half kickoff and began their fi rst possession from their own 24 yard line. QB Brandon Kemper took charge of the drive and called his own number fi ve straight times. On his third carry he rambled for 28 yards plus the Bulldogs were charged with a 15 yard personal foul penalty that advanced the ball to the Corrigan 21. Three plays later, on third and 11 from the 22, Kemper connected a pass to Kelvin James in the left corner end zone for the game's fi rst touchdown. Luis Perez split the uprights for a 7-0 Groveton lead. The Bulldogs opened up with a successful drive as well, marching from their own 44 to the Indians 14 yard line. On fi rst and 10, Mitchell was on a run when he had the ball jarred loose and the Indians recovered at the 18 yard line. Groveton couldn't take advantage of the miscue and was soon forced to punt from their own 12 yard line. The punt hit a Bulldog player making it a live ball and Groveton's Colton Alsbrooks recovered for possession at the Groveton 49. The Indians picked up a couple of first downs and on the eighth play of the drive scored when Colton Parten went untouched up the middle on a 28-yard run. Perez booted the extra point to give the Indians a 14-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter. Corrigan moved the ball on their next possession down to the Groveton eight before coming up short on a fourth and five play. The defense forced the Indians to a three and out and had to punt from their own 10 yard line. The Bulldogs began their next possession inside Indian territory at the 43. This time the Bulldogs hit paydirt despite having one touchdown called back on a holding penalty. Carries by Inguanzo, Johnson and Mitchell worked the ball to the 20 of Groveton. On third and three, QB Haden Armstrong busted on a run up the middle to score at the 5:17 mark. Armstrong kicked the extra point to cut the deficit in half, 14-7. Groveton was halted on their next drive as well. They attempted a fake punt on fourth and 5, but threw an incomplete pass down field. Corrigan took over at their own 41 with 3:12 left in the half. Armstrong extended the drive when he gained two yards on a fourth and one from midfield. On the next play Armstrong connected a 19 yard pass across the middle to Keegan Mitchell at the Indian 29. Malyk Johnson scored on the next play down the left sideline with :39 seconds left in the half. The PAT by Armstrong was wide left, leaving the 'Dogs a point shy at the break, 14-13. Second half Corrigan received the second half kickoff and had excellent field position at the Indian 41 following a 23 yard kickoff return by Malyk Johnson. A holding penalty on the first play shoved the 'Dogs back to their own 49. They kept churning out gains by Johnson, Inguanzo, Kirkland, Armstrong and Mitchell and soon had picked up two first downs and yardage to the 18. Two plays later, Johnson scored from 15 yards out with 8:05 on the clock. Carlos Inguanzo scored the 2-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead. After forcing the Indians to punt once again, the 'Dogs began their next drive from their own 27 yard line with 6:08 left in the third. On the first play from scrimmage Mitchell raced for 32 yards to the Indian 41 yard line. On second and nine from the 40, a 10-yard penalty backed the 'Dogs to midfield. Johnson gave the 'Dogs breathing room with a 25 yard gainer to the 25. On third and one, Armstrong gained five yards to the 11 for a first down. Two plays later Mitchell scored on a run around the left side to extend the Bulldog lead to 27- 14 with 2:43 left in the third. The Bulldogs would add to their lead in just nine seconds as Malyk Johnson swiped the football from Colton Alsbrooks on the ensuing kickoff. After the steal Johnson raced 30 yards to give the Bulldogs a 33-14 lead with 2:34 left on the clock. The Indians would pick up three first downs on their next possession, but the Bulldog defense tightened their grip and stopped the Indians on fourth down at the Bulldog 13 yard line. The Bulldogs took over and covered 87 yards in just three plays. Kirkland gained six on the first play, followed by a 10 yard run out to the 29 by Armstrong. Keegan Mitchell went the distance on the next play, scoring on a speedy 71-yard run down the right sideline. The extra point attempt was blocked by Nick Martinez. With 10:36 left in the game the 'Dogs had increased their lead to 39-14. Kade Moore collected two turnovers on the Indians final two possessions. After driving inside Corrigan territory, Moore recovered a Groveton fumble at the Corrigan 34 yard line to halt the first drive. Groveton's final drive of the game went from their own 23 to the Corrigan 13, but ended when Moore picked off an errant pass by Kemper with :50 seconds left in the ballgame. The 'Dogs lined up in victory formation and QB Armstrong took a knee twice to run out the clock.


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