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Bulldogs run over Mustangs, 62-34 for area championship
By LINDA JACOBS Contributing Writer CARTHAGE—The Corrigan- Camden Bulldogs added Hughes Springs to their list of casualties this year after defeating the Mustangs 62-34 to win the Class 2A Division II Area championship Friday night at Carthage High School. The Bulldogs battered the Mustangs up front on both sides of the ball and rode their patented running game to their 12th consecutive win of the season. In a fi rst this season, three running backs went over the 100 yard mark as the Bulldog offense rolled up 572 yards on the ground plus threw for an additional 30 yards to top out at 602 total yards. The Mustangs were not a roll over team by any stretch of the imagination as they accumulated 456 total yards and 24 fi rst downs. The Bulldogs won the game in the trenches and played a near fl awless game with only one of their two fumbles being cashed in by the Mustangs. The 'Dogs also limited their penalties, collecting just fi ve in the game for 45 yards. The Corrigan defense played superb, collecting four turnovers in the game. Fumble recoveries were made by Chris Taylor and LaDarius Hamilton and both Keegan Mitchell and LaKendrick Moore intercepted a Mustang pass. The defense also forced the Mustangs to punt three times to halt potential scoring drives. "We played great all night," bragged Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong, whose team will now face the Centerville Tigers in the Region III semi-fi - nals Friday night in Crockett at 7:30 p.m. "We had a turnover in the fi rst half that led to a touchdown and took one away from us, but we played. We went in 14-14 at half and I felt good. We were in the game. We know we're a second half football team, but we were in the mix and we were doing some good things." The two teams played to a 14-14 tie in the fi rst half, but the Mustang dam sprang a leak and the Bulldogs rolled on through in the second half, scoring seven of their nine rushing touchdowns to knock the 10-2 Mustangs out of the playoffs. "We knew it was going to be a fricking war up front and it was, it was a war up front. They're a tough football team," added Armstrong. "What they do is tough to stop. They're just going to sit in there and try to get four and try to get four more and it's just frustrating, but we're kind of the same way. "We kept beating on them and kept beating on them and fi nally it gave. When it gave, it gave big time, and we were able to pop through there and score." Although the Mustang defense limited Corrigan to 118 yards rushing in the fi rst half, the Bulldogs would score twice on one yard runs by Carlos Inguanzo to cap off scoring drives of 56 and 43 yards. The Mustangs countered with a 33-yard touchdown run and a 36-yard pass play to knot the game 14- all at the break. 'Running 'Dogs A second half performance, which was second to none, put the Bulldogs' second playoff victory in the books. The Bulldogs had three players crash the 100-yard barrier and a fourth with 90 yards as they ran for 454 yards and seven touchdowns in the fi nal two frames. The defense did their part and would hold the Mustangs in check by collecting three turnovers and forcing the Mustangs to punt twice in the second half. Defensive standouts were, Carlos Inguanzo, Keegan Mitchell, Cody Rogers, Calvin Burks, Kade Moore, Addison Kirkland, Clay Nash, LaDarius Hamilton, Justin Robbins, Malyk Johnson, Jay Lawson, LaKendrick Moore and Jessie Mize. Keegan Mitchell led the trio of 100-yard rushers. He fi nished the game with 166 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while teammate Malyk Johnson rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 totes. Turning in a season best was Carlos Inguanzo who earned his 148 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries running right up the middle of the Mustang defense. Addison Kirkland was stellar as well, adding 90 yards on just fi ve totes and scoring one touchdown for the Bulldogs. Quarterback Haden Armstrong went to the air twice and completed a 3-yard toss to Cody Rogers and a 27 yard strike to Keegan Mitchell, both on the same drive that set up Inguanzo's second touchdown in the fi rst half that gave the 'Dogs their fi rst lead of the game, 14- 8 with 7:12 left in the second quarter. All total, the Bulldogs moved the chains for 20 fi rst downs rushing, one passing and two on Mustang penalties. The Mustangs were led by QB Michael Martinez who accounted for 311 of the Mustangs 456 total yards. Martinez was 9-of-19 for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the passing department, plus rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries and scored on a 3-yard run. The Mustangs fi nished with 15 rushing fi rst downs, eight passing and one on a Bulldog penalty for a total of 24. Second half The Bulldogs would dominate the second half by scoring on all but one of their eight possessions. The only blemish was a fumble on their third series, but the Mustangs were unable to convert on the miscue. Corrigan received the second half kickoff and marched 60 yards in nine plays to break the tie and take the lead for good. Haden Armstrong converted on fourth and one from the Mustang 33 with a two yard run to sustain the drive. Malyk Johnson scored the touchdown on a 16-yard run with 7:52 on the clock to boost the Bulldogs out front, 20-14. The Bulldog defense forced the Mustangs to punt on fourth and four from their own 40 yard line on the following series. A 33-yard punt set the Bulldogs up at their own 27 for their next scoring drive. Just one play was needed as speedster Keegan Mitchell broke on a run down the left sideline for a 73-yard touchdown that extended the Bulldog lead to 26-14 with 5:37 left in the third. The Mustangs made it a one possession game (26-20) by scoring in less than two minutes, capping a 5-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a four yard Martinez pass to Austin Calcote at the 3:35 mark of the third. The two teams traded fumbles on their next possessions. LaDarius Hamilton recovered the Mustang fumble at the Corrigan 47 to set up a Bulldog score. On the third play of the drive, Malyk Johnson busted loose on a 48-yard touchdown run and Keegan Mitchell scored the 2-point conversion to carve out a 34-20 lead with :51 seconds left in the third. The Bulldog defense forced another Mustang punt and the Bulldogs took possession at their own 28 yard line with 11:46 left in the game. Mitchell had a 14- yard carry to start the drive and two plays later Addison Kirkland ran 37 yards to the Mustangs 17 yard line. A personal foul against Corrigan moved the ball back to the 32. On the next play Mitchell dashed into the end zone and Johnson scored the 2-pointer to extend the Corrigan lead to 42-20 with 10:24 left in the game. Hughes Springs scored on a 24-yard pass from Martinez to Malik Chism plus added the 2-point conversion to make it a 42-28 ballgame with 8:18 left on the clock. Corrigan got excellent field position after the ensuing kickoff by the Mustangs. A 15- yard personal foul penalty was marked off on top of a short squib kick and the 'Dogs were already knocking on the door at the Mustang 34 yard line. Carlos Inguanzo scored his third touchdown of the game when he bolted up the middle on the first play from scrimmage to extend the Bulldog lead to 20 points (48-28) with 8:09 left in the ballgame. The scoring barrage continued when Hughes Springs scored on a 3-yard run by Martinez to cap a 4-play, 52-yard drive with 7 minutes left on the clock, 48- 34. The Bulldogs answered with a 4-play, 56-yard scoring drive. Inguanzo carried twice for gains of eight and nine yards to the Mustang 37. Two plays later Addison Kirkland got in on the scoring mix by busting loose on a 33-yard touchdown run with 5:06 left in the game. Mitchell scored the 2-pointer on a pitchout to stretch the Bulldog lead to 56-34. The Mustangs moved the ball on the next series of downs from their own 27 to the Bulldog six yard line before Martinez had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Keegan Mitchell. The touchback gave the Bulldogs the ball at their own 20 yard line. On third and two from the 28, the Bulldogs were only looking for a first down to keep possession and run the clock out, but instead got a 72-yard touchdown from Malyk Johnson whose quick speed outpaced the Mustang defense for the game's final touchdown to make it 62- 34 with :32 seconds left on the clock. The Mustangs returned the ensuing kickoff 19 yards to start their final drive from their own 42. It came to an abrupt halt on the first play when LaKendrick Moore intercepted a pass by Martinez at the Bulldog 24 yard line. The 'Dogs lined up for one snap and the game was over. Centerville Tigers The Centerville Tigers (11- 1) will be a formidable foe for the Bulldogs as they go for their third win in the post season. Centerville finished runner-up to Crawford in District 11-2A this year. The Tigers have posted big numbers in their two playoff wins, defeating Groveton 63-14 and Garrison 48-27. Coach Armstrong had a quick response when asked what's needed to get a win over the Tigers. "Take care of the football and play great defense." In other Region III action, Crawford defeated Arp 21-13 and Waskom knocked off Rosebud- Lott 53-37.