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Cornersville Shuts Out WCHS Wildcats

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   The Cornersville Bulldogs came to town last Friday night and used a stingy defense to shut out the Wayne County High School Wildcats, 31 – 0 in region action. The Wildcats managed only 123 total offensive yards on the night and gave up 335 yards to the ‘Dogs. The Wildcats will be home again on Friday night against Middle Tennessee Christian School from Murfreesboro and will celebrate “Senior Night, 2021.” The ‘Cats are now 2 – 6 on the year.

   The game started with Cornersville having the first possession of the night. They ate up nearly 6 minutes as they put together a 9 play, 63 yard drive for their first touchdown, scoring on a 20 yard pass reception. The PAT was converted to make the score 7 – 0. The ‘Cats were unable to move the ball, having bad field position, starting on their own 18. Following three plays, the Wildcats were forced to punt. The Bulldogs got the ball back at their own 43 and covered the 57 yards in 3 plays, scoring on a 26 yard run. The point after was converted to make the score 14 – 0 with 3:17 left in the first period. The ‘Cats punted again on their second series.  Cornersville took the ball at their 44. They ran 7 plays before Wildcat Colton Beason came up with a fumble at the Wildcat 35. The ‘Cats put together a 7 play drive, helped by a fake punt first down, but couldn’t find the end zone, and turned the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 19. The defense held tough for the rest of the first half, forcing a Cornersville punt and then coming away with an interception by Carl Britt, so the halftime score was 14 – 0.

   The Wildcats received the ball after the half, but on the second play of the series, they fumbled the ball. The Bulldog defender returned it 20 yards for a touchdown. With the PAT converted, the score was 21 – 0, less than a minute into the second half. The Wildcats managed only 6 yards on the next series, punting it back to Cornersville, pinning them back at their own 23. The Bulldogs put together a 13 play, 77 yard drive for their fourth touchdown, scoring on a 3 yard run and converting the PAT, to up the score to 28 – 0. The final score of the game came halfway through the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs hit a 20 yard field goal to make the final score 31 – 0.

   The Wildcats had only 53 yards rushing on the night. Julian Birchett led with 25 yards on 7 carries. Timmy Robbins had 12 yards on 3 carries, and freshman Saylor Skelton carried the ball twice for 10 yards. He also completed one pass for 6 yards, that going to Ryder Butler. Butler had one rushing attempt for two yards.  Cayson Castleman had 2 carries for 6 yards, and Drew Bevis had 4 carries for 2 yards. Austin Whitson had 10 carries for minus 4 yards. He was 3 of 8 passing for 64 yards. Eli McClain was on the receiving end of the 3 completions. The Wildcats finished with 123 total yards of offense.

   The defense gave up 265 yards rushing on 41 attempts. Cornersville was 7 of 12 passing for 70 yards. The defense was led by Jesse Dixon with 12 tackles. Drew Bevis accounted for 10 tackles and forced a fumble.  Timmy Robbins had 8 tackles, while Chance Kelley and Luke Sesler came up with 6 each. Sayler Skelton had 4 hits, with Colton Beason, Carl Britt, and Eli McClain each had 3 tackles. McClain had a pass break-up, Beason came up with the fumble recovery, and Britt had an interception. Aaron Martin and Ryder Butler each had 2 tackles, while Tyler Moser and Julian Birchett had a tackle apiece.

   Come out Friday night as the ‘Cats complete their home schedule and honor the Wildcat seniors. Game time is 7:00 p.m. “GOOD LUCK WILDCATS!”—Submitted

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