KOUNTZE -- After being bogged down with penalties and an early fumble in the opening frame, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs uncorked 48 points in the second quarter to blister the Kountze Lions 69-32 for their first win of the season.
It took awhile for the Bulldogs to get going, coming up empty with a turnover and punt on their first two possessions. After the early stall, it was smooth sailing, as they scored on six of the next seven possessions to take a commanding 48-18 lead at halftime.
Although head coach Seven Armstrong was proud of the win, managing the hot, muggy conditions, was equally important. “It was muggy out here and it sure checked our shape. We had a little cramping, but for the most part we held up OK, so that was good to see.
“I think we’re getting better. We’re still going to make some changes to do some things to hopefully make us even better on defense,” Armstrong said.
Defensively, the Bulldogs gave up 18 points in the second and 14 in the third, but overall won the turnover battle with four fumble recoveries and an interception.
“Offensively tonight we were able to do what we wanted to do and that was good to see. We took advantage of some things that they did and just went with it.
"It was good to have a plan, execute a plan, and roll with it, but we still have to take care of the football better.”
The Bulldogs picked up one first down on their opening drive before it was halted with the first of two fumbles on the evening.
Kountze started their first drive and advanced deep in Bulldog territory, but would have to settle for a 30-yard field goal attempt. Senior Tyreke Foreman slashed through the line and blocked the kick with 4:30 left in the opening frame. Later, with 21 seconds left in the quarter, Foreman recovered a Lion fumble to set up the first of many Bulldog touchdowns.
Corrigan’s initial score covered 61 yards in seven plays and was capped with a 23-yard run by Fre’Darion Johnson with 10:14 on the second quarter clock. Johnson finished with a bookend to the scoring frenzy in the second quarter, scoring on a 21-yard run with just seven seconds in the half.
In between Johnson’s two scores, teammates Jaylon Williams and DeMetre Howard accounted for five touchdowns.
Following an interception by Latrail Bailey, Howard raced 40 yards for a score. A fumble recovery by Alex Cuevas set up another quick touchdown for the ‘Dogs. Ty Love hit Johnson on a 35-yard pass and Williams followed with a five-yard run to the end zone for a 20-0 lead.
Kountze cut the lead 20-6 on a 75-yard, three-play drive with 7:05 left in the half. Corrigan was nowhere near finished, however, as Howard scored on the ensuing kickoff, taking the pigskin 65 yards to the Kountze end zone.
Williams added to the tally by scoring on back-to-back possessions with runs of 34 and 17 yards, increasing the Bulldog lead to 42-6 with 2:58 remaining before halftime.
The offensive slugfest continued, as Kountze scored twice before the bands performed at the break. Keyshawn Adams escaped on an 84-yard run and quarterback Dallion Edwards scampered 17 yards to reduce the deficit to 42-18 with 33 seconds left.
A 17-yard kickoff return by Howard set the ‘Dogs in motion for a quick three-play drive to end the second quarter scoring frenzie. Johnson had the honors, scoring with seven ticks left to stretch the lead to 48-18.
Corrigan outscored the Lions 21-14 in the second half, as Williams scored on runs of one and 14 yards. Sophomore Zack Ivie did a good job on extra points, connecting five-of-eight throughout the game.
The most interesting touchdown was the game’s final one. The ‘Dogs started the drive from their own 25 following a touchback. Howard bolted up the middle on the first handoff and was headed to the goal line when the ball was stripped.
The Lion ball carrier was just about to be brought down by the Bulldog defense when he attempted a lateral, which was picked off by Thomas Casper who took the ball in for a touchdown with 9:31 left in the game. Terrell Cook ran for two points and the final margin, 69-32.