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Bulldogs demolish the Hornets 57-14
BY LINDA JACOBS
HEMPHILL—The Corrigan- Camden Bulldogs came out of the gates with a limp but fi nished in a full gallop to cruise past the Hemphill Hornets 57- 14 in District 12-2A football action Friday night in Hemphill. A pair of fumbles and four penalties kept the usually potent Bulldog offensive unit out of sync for most of the fi rst half. The slow start mirrored a couple of earlier district ballgames. "It's like I told the kids, we're not coming out ready to play," said Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong. "We don't seem to be as hungry as we were at the start of the year and it's causing us to play down to people. "We've got to get hungry again and we've got to do it before we play a really good football team." The sluggish start gave the winless Hornets a glimmer of hope as Corrigan led just 15-6 at the break. The Bulldogs came out strong and played to their capability in the second half and outscored Hemphill 42-8 to register their ninth consecutive win of the season. "I want to come out on the fi rst snap and have that football team in the second half…starting the game," said Armstrong. "We've got to come out and play like we're better than the team we're playing." The Bulldogs will have an even bigger reason to start strong and fi nish strong this week when they line up to play Anderson-Shiro in the season fi - nale at Bulldog Stadium. Corrigan will be shooting to post a perfect undefeated 10-0 record, something that not even the 1988 (15-0-1) or the 2002 (13-1) state champion Bulldogs can lay claim to. Posting a 10-0 mark would defi nitely be the talk of the town. Regardless of some of their recent slow starts, the Bulldogs have worked hard and now have a chance to put a big exclamation mark on their regular season record. "We try not to talk too much about it," said Armstrong. "We want to go 10 and 0, there's no doubt about it, but I also mentioned, what we don't want to do is go 10 and 1, and if we don't start playing well early, that's something that's in danger of happening. "We've got Anderson-Shiro at home this week and they're not bad. They're used to winning also, and they have a lot to play for. I think they're in the playoffs, it's just a matter of where they go. "They're not a bad football team," said Armstrong "and we've got to come out ready to play." Bulldogs on the go Sophomore Malyk Johnson was a major sparkplug for the Bulldogs in their win over Hemphill. Johnson rushed for a season high 232 yards and scored four times, including two touchdowns on runs of 70 and 78 yards. The explosive night for Johnson now has him at 939 yards for the season and 12 rushing touchdowns. Backfi eld teammate Keegan Mitchell continues to add to his season totals. He added 143 yards on 11 totes and two touchdowns to give him a grand total of 1,642 yards and 18 touchdowns for the season. Mitchell matched Johnson's touchdown total of four by scoring on a 77 yard kickoff return plus caught a 9-yard scoring strike from QB Haden Armstrong. Mitchell leads the Bulldogs in scoring this season with 136 points. Carlos Inguanzo added 22 yards on seven carries, followed by Addison Kirkland, two totes for 10 yards and Haden Armstrong, three carries for nine yards. Armstrong was 1-of-3 passing with the one completion being the 9-yard touchdown strike to Mitchell. Armstrong has completed 7-of-19 pass attempts for 172 yards this year…two for touchdowns and no interceptions. Defense The Bulldog defense held the Hornets to less than 200 total yards of offense Friday night. Hemphill fi nished with 133 yards rushing on 50 carries (less than three yards per carry) plus added 54 yards passing for a total of 187 yards. The defense ended up with three turnovers on fumble recoveries by Kade Moore, Jessie Mize and Addison Kirkland (courtesy of a hit by Carlos Inguanzo). Leading tacklers Friday night were, Kade Moore, Chris Taylor, Jessie Mize, Mason Chamblee, LaDarius Hamilton, Sebastian Pecina, Cody Rogers, Justin Robbins, Carlos Inguanzo, Calvin Burks, Addison Kirkland, C.J. Pena and Ben Lara. First half The Hornets received the opening kickoff and advanced from their own 15 to the 40 before turning the ball over on a fumble which was recovered by Kade Moore at the Hemphill 35 yard line. Corrigan, however, failed to convert on the miscue. On the very fi rst play from scrimmage Keegan Mitchell lost the handle on the ball and gave it back to the Hornets at their 29 yard line. The defense held and forced a punt on fourth and four. The Bulldogs took over at the 35 yard line with 5:58 left in the fi rst. Mitchell scooted down the left sideline for his longest gainer of the night, good for 43 yards to the Hemphill 22. Two plays later the 'Dogs were charged with a holding penalty to shove the ball back to the 29. Johnson took his first handoff from QB Armstrong and gained 19 yards down to the Hornet 10 yard line. Three plays later Johnson scored his first of four TD's on a three yard run with 3:26 on the clock. Armstrong booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Hornets marched from their own 27 down to the Corrigan four yard line for a first and goal before being halted by the stingy Bulldog defense. They made it to the two before being stopped twice at the three yard line. The Bulldogs took over at the three, but would fumble the ball three plays later at the 17 yard line. The Hornets managed to cover the short distance in seven plays, scoring on a five yard run by QB Rudy Weaver. Hemphill fumbled on the 2- point try and trailed 7-6 with 2:10 left in the first half. The Bulldogs would answer before the break, scoring with just 16 seconds left in the half. Keegan Mitchell got the drive going when he returned the Hornet kickoff from his own 18 to the Hemphill 41 yard line. Mitchell had four carries on the drive, but capped the 8-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Haden Armstrong. Armstrong scored on a 2- point run to give the 'Dogs a 15- 6 halftime lead. Second half The Bulldogs came out in the second half and hammered the Hornets, scoring on six consecutive possessions while holding them to just one touchdown in the fourth quarter. Keegan Mitchell started the scoring barrage when he took the second half kickoff and returned it for a 77 yard touchdown with 11:45 on the clock, extending the lead to 21-6. A fumble recovery by Jessie Mize set up a 59-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 4-yard run by Mitchell with five minutes left in the third frame, 27-6. Two plays into the Hornets next possession Carlos Inguanzo hit QB Weaver on a run, which jarred the ball loose. Addison Kirkland scooped the ball up and returned it 11 yards to the Hornet nine yard line. Malyk Johnson scored on the first play and Armstrong ran for the 2-point conversion to boost the Bulldogs out front 35-6 with 4:04 left in the third frame. After a Hornet punt the 'Dogs took possession at their own 25 yard line. Addison Kirkland had a long run into Hornet territory but it was called back on a penalty. On third and five from the 30, Johnson sped down the left sideline on a 70-yard touchdown run with :23 seconds left in the third. Armstrong ran for 2-points to give the 'Dogs a 43- 6 advantage. Hemphill started the ensuing drive from their own 22 and four plays later faced fourth and one. They went for the first down and came up short as the defense held. The 'Dogs took over at the Hornet 31 yard line and two plays later on second and 10, Mitchell scored for Corrigan. Johnson scored the 2-pointer to stretch the Bulldog lead to 51-6 with 10:44 left in the game. The Hornets punted on the next possession (on fourth and five) and the 'Dogs set up shop at their own 22 yard line. Speedster Malyk Johnson outran the Hornet defense again, this time taking it to the house on a 78- yard touchdown run with 8:28 left in the game to extend the Corrigan lead to 57-6. Hemphill put the final points on the board with a 7-play, 52- yard drive at the 4:31 mark, scoring on a 12-yard run by Roy Joe Harris. The Hornets scored a 2-point run for the final margin, 57-14.