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Bulldogs deliver 48-0 shutout to Frankston; earn second District win


By Albert Trevino

CORRIGAN – The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs delivered a 48-0 shutout against the visiting Frankston Indians, earning their second district win of the season. Coming off a tough shutout loss against Newton the previous week, the Bulldogs offense was prepared to start aggressive on Friday against Frankston and put up fast-scoring drives throughout the match. Corrigan's defense had its best performance of the season, slightly bending at times, but never allowing the Indian offense to get scoring opportunities. "The shutout was special, because that is something we strive for." said Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong. "We smelled blood out there tonight. We were like sharks to it. That's what you hope for as defensive football team and even offensively, we made our blocks when we had to make them, made our runs and even threw the ball around a little bit. It was much better execution tonight and hopefully that takes us into the last game." The Bulldogs also managed to reduce the same penalties and errors that affected them in previous games this season, according to Armstrong. "We still had some penalties, but we didn't make as much of the 'dumb' penalties and we have talked about that a lot." said Armstrong. "Tonight, our penalties were more aggressive...Those you can live with as a coach." The Indians received the ball to start and drove the ball 11 plays for 37 yards before turning the ball over on downs at the Corrigan 24 yard line. It took just two plays on Corrigan's first drive for Bulldog senior quarterback Ty Love to sweep right on a 78-yard touchdown run. The extra-point kick was good, which put the Bulldogs up by seven early. Frankston's offense repeated its first-drive performance by moving the ball into Bulldog territory, then turning the ball over on downs near the red zone. Love would immediately earn another big run for Corrigan on a left sweep for 44 yards into Indian territory. A horse-collar tackle by the Frankston defense took it further inside the 20. However, a fumbled hand-off three plays later was recovered by the Indians, breaking some of Corrigan's momentum going into the second quarter. The Indian offense would not get much done from deep inside their own territory and were forced to punt, giving Corrigan a short field on their next drive. Love would carry the ball for the entire six plays, finishing with a three-yard touchdown run. The extra-point kick was good and Corrigan was up by two scores midway through the second. "When you get away with a turnover, that is huge. We were able to get away with it by not giving up the touchdown after...That's just another good stop by our defense." Armstrong said. Frankston would punt again on their next drive and give the Bulldogs a chance to extend the lead before the half. Starting from their own 21 yard line. Corrigan's offense spread the ball between three back to drive down the field. A 20-yard gain on a reverse by junior running back Terrell Cook put Corrigan near the red zone. This later set up a 13-yard TD run by Love near the final two minutes of the first half. The extra-point kick was good and the Bulldogs extended to a comfortable 21-0 lead. The quick three-and-out by Frankston inside the final minute of the half gave Corrigan another shot to extend the lead further. Bulldog sophomore QB Dohn Freeman connected with junior Zack Ivie on a 50-yard pass to move Corrigan inside the Indian 10 yard line. With time running out, Ivie would attempt a field goal to extend the Bulldog lead, but missed it. The score remained 21-0 at halftime. The Bulldog offense would stay aggressive in the second half, scoring three touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter. The first came on a 43-yard pass from Freeman to Love into the end zone on Corrigan's second possession of the half. On the next possession, Love earned three big run plays, including the 19-yard touchdown run that finished that drive to put the Bulldogs up 35-0. Freeman finished the Bulldogs' next four-play drive with an 18-yard TD run on a quarterback keeper midway through the third quarter. The last touchdown of the night came from a 41-yard reverse hand-off to junior Latrail Bailey. Coach Armstrong looks to repeat much of his team's performance against Frankston for another must-win game this Friday. Another win to close out the season against the Garrison Bulldogs will reportedly secure Corrigan's spot in district playoffs. "We need to continue what we did tonight, play with the same mentality that we finished the game and roll into the next week with it." Armstrong said.


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