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TSSAA Class 1A State Football Playoffs

Huntingdon Avenged in Playoff Rout of Cornersville

Posted 11/20/19

HUNTINGDON (November 15) — For two consecutive years, the Cornersville Bulldogs ended the Huntingdon Mustangs drive for the state championship. Last Friday night, Huntingdon avenged their honor …

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TSSAA Class 1A State Football Playoffs

Huntingdon Avenged in Playoff Rout of Cornersville

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HUNTINGDON (November 15) — For two consecutive years, the Cornersville Bulldogs ended the Huntingdon Mustangs drive for the state championship. Last Friday night, Huntingdon avenged their honor and pride with a 54-7 rout of Cornersville.

In this third match-up, the Mustangs dominated on both sides of the ball. The Bulldogs picked up on five first downs the entire game, the first coming late in the second quarter. Huntingdon had eight sacks on the night: Devin McClerkin (3), Jaylen Williams (3), Konnor Pearson (1) and Cade Wood (1). The Mustangs picked up three interceptions on the night: Hunter Ensley, and Malek Cannon and Brandon Lawton.

Offensively, Huntingdon only had 344 yards on the night, but the majority of their possessions were in Bulldog territory. Ensley was four of five in passing for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Noah Belew was on the receiving end of both touchdowns.

On the ground, the Mustangs carried the ball 32 times for 284 yards. Leading the team in rushing was Brandon Lawton with nine carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Cornersville opened the game with a squib kick fielded by Bo McLemore. The return was just short of a touchdown, where McLemore was brought down at the two-yard line. Huntingdon was penalized for an illegal procedure on first-and-goal. Backed up five yards, Ensley picked up the seven-yard touchdown and Cole Edwards added the extra point. Mustangs lead 7-0 with 11:01 still to play in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their three offensive possessions of the first quarter.

On Huntingdon’s next drive, Lawton lead the offensive charge picking up 41 yards and the 5 - yard touchdown on third-and-two. A failed PAT put the score at 13-0, Mustangs leading with 6:11 on the clock in the first quarter.

The Mustangs’ third possession started at the Cornersville 28-yard line following a well executed punt return by Lawton. On second-and-six from the 13-yard line, Ensley and Belew combined for their first touchdown of the night. Edwards’ PAT was wide putting the Huntingdon lead at 19-0.

Huntingdon opened the second quarter with Ensley pitching out to Pearson for a Mustang 18-yard touchdown. Lawton crossed the goal line for two-point conversion increasing Huntingdon’s lead 27-0.

The Bulldogs next drive gained lost ten yards following a sack from Williams. Fielding the punt, Ensley moved the ball to near mid-field.

On first-and-ten, Lawton scored his second touchdown of the night on a jet sweep from 47 yards out. Edwards missed his third consecutive PAT, leaving the Mustang lead at 33-0.

With under five minutes to play in the first half, Cornersville picked up their first first down. Four plays later, Huntingdon was back on offense.

The Mustangs moved the ball down field quickly with a 31-yard pass reception by Belew. Ensley moved the ball to the nine, and on second-and-short Belew was in for six. Edwards added the PAT to put the score at 40-0 inducing the mercy rule for the second half.

Cornersville was plagued with penalties in the second half.

From 35 yards away, Lawton scored his last touchdown of the night at the 6:02 mark of the third quarter. Edwards added the extra point increasing the Huntingdon lead 47-0.

Huntingdon began rotating in various substitutions for the remainder of the game, all of which held Cornersville at bay until the very end.

With 9:15 to play, Aden Hutcherson for Huntingdon found pay-dirt. Edwards’ PAT put the Mustangs up 54-0.

With under two minutes to play, Cornersville put seven points on the board producing the final score 54-7.

Now that Cornersville is off Huntingdon’s radar, the 13-0 Mustangs will travel to Huntland to take on the 9-4 Hornets. Game time is 7 p.m. The winner of this match-up will take on the winner of West Carroll and Lake County.

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