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Lady Dawgs look to improve on the court this season

Lady Dawg teammates hard at work building skills on the court for this season. (Photo by Beverly Cockerel)Lady Dawg teammates hard at work building skills on the court for this season. (Photo by Beverly Cockerel)

By Beverly Cockrell
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CORRIGAN – It's official. Basketball season is here.

The Corrigan-Camden Lady Dawg Basketball teams are already on the courts. The Lady Dawgs opened their regular season last week.

This year the Ryan Hall is head coach and Shidana Dixon is the junior varsity coach.

The C-CHS Varsity team consists of Alex Harrell, senior; Erica White, senior; Zomaria McQueen, junior; Mya Williams, junior; Taylor Handley, sophomore; Mecie Horace, sophomore; Chloe Johnson, sophomore; Charisma Mallard, sophomore; Dadrionna Patterson, sophomore; and Ladeja Daniels, freshman.

The C-CHS junior varsity Team includes Jaylyn Brannon, junior; Kamiah Harrison, junior; Jamiah Harrison, junior; Leticia Sarmiento, junior; Kendrianna Johnson, junior; Kiarra Singleton, junior; Jada Clemons, sophomore; Litzy Flores, sophomore; Bre'Anna Owens, sophomore; Cassy Nguyen, sophomore; Elexington Freeman, freshman; Katy Mills, freshman; Shakire Martin, freshman; and Elizabeth Ochoa, freshman.

This year's managers are Eryka Price and Paige Hooks.

Head Coach Ron Hall stated that the team is optimistic on having a better year than last since "the girls team didn't get a win at all last year."

"This year, we are looking to see a lot of improvement over last year, not just with some wins, but with an overall improvement in the basketball program. We have a quick and athletic group this year that is also very young, and we are going to have to rely on our speed and quickness to pressure teams. We have a lot of areas we need to improve, but our goal this year is to get our young team to simply be competitive in our very tough basketball district and maybe even surprise a few teams along the way," said Hall.

No doubt Corrigan-Camden basketball fans are excited to get the season underway.
Good luck to Coach Hall, Coach Dixon and the teams for a winning season.

Bulldogs secure third place spot in District 10-3A race

By Linda Jacobs
Contributing Writer
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CORRIGAN — Corrigan-Camden survived a dog fight with Garrison, 48-45, as the two teams entered last week's season finale battling for third place in the District 10-3A race.

The victory gives Corrigan (5-5, 3-2) a Class 3A bi-district matchup against District 9-3A runner-up Arp (8-2, 5-1) Thursday in Center. Garrison (6-4, 2-3) will play district champion Elysian Fields (10-0, 5-0) in their first-round playoff game.

"It made the difference in us playing a district champion or a second-place, but either way you're going to play a good football team," Bulldog coach Seven Armstrong said following Friday's slugfest with Garrison.

The game featured strong running attacks, with each team having a back to go over the 200-yard rushing mark. For Corrigan-Camden, senior Jaylon Williams accumulated 241 yards on 36 carries and three touchdowns. Garrison's Jakelen Tutt was equally impressive with 284 yards on 35 carries (4 TDs).

With a lot on the line, the contest was a hard-fought 48-minute battle. Corrigan quarterback Ty Love (11 carries, 105 yards) capped drives of 58 and 91 yards with 14 and one-yard touchdown runs to put the hometown Bulldogs up 13-0 by the 3:38 mark of the opening quarter.

The Corrigan defense halted Garrison on their opening drive, but could not contain Tutt on the second series. The senior speedster rambled for a 35-yard touchdown with 2:19 left in the first to make it a 13-7 ballgame.

Corrigan continued to motor up and down the field and would extend their lead to 21-7 with nine minutes to go in the half. DeMetre Howard (62 yards on 12 carries, 1 TD) took a short Garrison kickoff eight yards to the visiting Bulldogs' 46-yard line to begin a quick four-play march. It was all Williams on the drive, who had carries of 11, 33, -1, and three yards. The hard-running Williams also scored the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 21-7 lead.

Garrison failed to convert on fourth down on the next series and Corrigan had to punt from their own 33 with just over two minutes left in the half.

Garrison was not done, as Keondric Collins returned the Bulldog kickoff 18 yards out to midfield to start a five-play touchdown drive. Quarterback Drew Wise (5-9, 117 yards, 1 TD) connected a 21-yard pass on the drive, and Tutt had four carries, including a two-yard touchdown with 37 seconds on the clock. The point after by Connor Moore was blocked by Howard and Alex Vance for a 21-13 margin at the break.

The second half was a scoring frenzy, as the two teams combined for nine touchdowns.
The half got started with the two teams scoring on their opening drives. Garrison went 60 yards in seven plays and scored on a one-yard run by Tutt with 9:46 on the clock. Corrigan answered with a nine-play, 55-yard touchdown drive, capped with a seven-yard run by Howard and point after by Zack Ivie to hold a 28-19 advantage with 5:13 left in the third.
Things got a little shaky on Corrigan's next two series, as the Bulldogs fumbled on a fake punt and later had to punt from their own 40-yard line.

Garrison would garner their first lead of the game by scoring on back-to-back drives of 60 and 48 yards, respectively. A 44-yard strike from Wise to Jakobie Hodge pulled the Bulldogs to within 28-25 at the 3:42 mark of the third.

After the Corrigan fumble, Garrison needed just one play, as Tutt side-stepped a couple of defenders on his longest run of the game (48 yards) to give his team their first lead at 32-28 with 1:27 left in the third.

"They lined up a little different in the second half and got us off track just a little bit," Armstrong said of their sluggish third quarter.

"They made some changes at halftime and kind of took away what our game plan was against them. We had to adjust and we finally did, and that was good to see. We've just got to be able to do it a bit sooner, but we continued to fight all night long.

"Defensively, we played decent in spurts and then we'd miss a tackle here or there and with their good back, he was gone.

"We also let some passes get away from us tonight that were major defensive player mistakes and that we can't allow. It's just a deal where we still have plenty to work on. It's not like we're not going to have anything to work on in practice on Monday," said Armstrong.
With the lead, Garrison halted Corrigan's third possession of the second half, forcing Ivie to punt. However, five plays into the Garrison drive, Williams intercepted a Wise pass and returned the miscue 28 yards to the Garrison 12-yard line.

On the second play from scrimmage, Williams lost yardage and the Bulldogs faced third and 15. On the next play, Love rolled out to his right and hit Howard who sped into the end zone for a 17-yard score. Ivie split the uprights to give Corrigan a 35-32 lead with 7:49 left in the game.

In the final minutes remaining, the two teams would score twice more. It took Garrison just 15 seconds to score, as Collins returned the Corrigan kickoff 82 yards to put his team up 38-35 with 7:34 on the clock.

Following a 16-yard kickoff return by Ivie, Corrigan answered with an extra-effort run by Williams who scooted across 28 yards of turf to score at the 5:44 mark. An Ivie PAT gave the home team a 42-38 lead.

Garrison scored with 2:22 left in the game, capping a nine-play, 64-yard scoring drive with a one yard plunge by Tutt. Moore split the uprights for a 45-42 lead.
A good-hands squib kick was recovered by Dylan Purvis to give the Bulldogs good field position at the Garrison 49 to set up what would be the winning score of the game.

Love got it rolling with a 25-yard pass to Robert McAdams. Despite a penalty on the play, the Bulldogs still had a first down at the Garrison 34. Love gained 14 yards on a keeper around the right side, down to the 21. Williams had two carries for yardage to the 16. Love then added a 13 yard run to the three for first and goal. Williams finished the drive at the 1:11 mark to put the home team back on top, 48-45.

Garrison threatened on the final drive, advancing from their own 33 to the Corrigan 22. With time not on their side, they elected to attempt a 39-yard field goal. The kick by Connor sailed just left of the cross bar as time expired on the clock, securing a Corrigan victory.

Shepherd Pirates offensive attack leads to win over Bulldogs

DeMetre Howard (8) charges through the line for the Bulldogs in action Friday vs. the Shepherd Pirates. Howard toted the pigskin five times and finished with 20 yards.DeMetre Howard (8) charges through the line for the Bulldogs in action Friday vs. the Shepherd Pirates. Howard toted the pigskin five times and finished with 20 yards.

By Linda Jacobs
Contributing Writer
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CORRIGAN—A well-balanced offensive attack by Shepherd handed the Bulldogs their third loss of the season, as the Pirates plundered and pillaged to a 41-12 win in Bulldog Stadium Friday night.

Junior quarterback Nick Truelove accounted for 191 of the Pirates 389 total yards, completing 4-of-7 passes for 130 yards and adding 61 yards rushing. Truelove connected on a 67-yard scoring strike, plus ran for a three-yard touchdown to lead his team to their second win of the season in as many weeks.

The Bulldogs started the game on a promising note, when FreDarion Johnson stripped the ball from Brandon Cheeves on the opening kickoff, leading to a 23-yard scoring drive and a 6-0 lead with just a minute off the clock.

Unfortunately mistakes took their toll, as the Pirates capitalized on two Bulldog fumbles and the home team found themselves down 27-12 at the break.

"At halftime, we had made some key mistakes. We were down two touchdowns and should have been in the game," commented Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong.

The Pirates scored 14 unanswered points in the second half as fatigue took a toll on the Bulldogs. "We got worn down tonight. We got tired in the fourth quarter, so we're going to have to work on that," said Armstrong. "That's a huge football team and they just wore us down.

"We're going to play ourselves into shape eventually and I still think we got better tonight. I think we were better than we were last week. We just weren't better for long enough. We got tired in the fourth and that's not supposed to happen."

On the opening kickoff turnover, Johnson flew down on coverage and stripped the ball to give the 'Dogs possession at the Shepherd 23 yard line.

The Pirate defense held Corrigan to just one yard in three plays, but on third and nine, Jaylon Williams rambled to the six-yard line. The Pirates were also charged with a personal foul, which moved the ball to the three-yard line.

An offsides penalty against Corrigan pushed the ball back to the eight, but on the next play Williams rushed around the left end to score with 11:00 on the clock. A point after try by Zack Ivie was wide left, leaving the margin 6-0.

The Pirates answered on the following series, driving the ball 64 yards in 10 plays and scoring on a three-yard keeper by Truelove with 6:41 left in the opening frame. Magdiel Torres split the uprights for a 7-6 Pirate lead.

The Bulldogs mishandled the ensuing kickoff and the ball bounced into the hands of Josh Cronin at the Bulldog 35-yard line. Only one play was needed when Trevor Moye (9-for-65 yards) scooted the distance to score at the 6:29 mark. Torres booted the extra point to extend the lead to 14-6.

The Bulldogs were unable to take advantage of two Shepherd fumbles during the game. The first miscue followed a Corrigan punt, which gave the home team excellent field position at the Pirate 40, but the Bulldogs went three-and-out on the series.

The Pirates took over at their own 41 and in one play had another six on the board. Kameron Wright, the game's leading rusher (11 carries for 115 yards) dodged a defender and escaped to the end zone to give the Pirates a 21-6 lead with 2:36 left in the opening frame.

The Bulldog defense held the Pirates on their next possession, stopping them short on a fourth and six play at the Bulldog 16-yard line.

Top tacklers on the series included, Johnson, Williams, Ivie, Thomas Casper, Hugo Sanchez, Alex Vance, Ashton Jones, Tyreke Foreman, Alan Casper, Latrail Bailey and Terrell Cook.
Corrigan would take possession, run 14 plays and advance to the Pirate 30, but fumbled for a second time to halt the drive.

The Pirates needed just one play, as Truelove connected a 67-yard touchdown pass to Devonte Hamilton with 1:02 left in the half, stretching their lead to 27-6.

DeMetre Howard returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to give the Bulldogs excellent field position at the Shepherd 39 to set up a quick score before halftime.

Williams and quarterback Ty Love carried twice for nine yards. On third and short, Love connected a 13-yard pass to Johnson for a first down at the 17. Two plays later, on third and six, Love hit Zack Ivie in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the half. An incomplete pass on the conversion made it a 27-12 game at the break.

The Bulldog offense was stifled in the second half and held to just six first downs. On four possessions, the 'Dogs fumbled, punted twice, and failed on fourth down inside Pirate territory.

After a scoreless third, the Pirates tacked on two touchdowns in the fourth frame, scoring on a four-play, 66-yard drive with 11:53 on the clock. Truelove had a 50-yard toss on the drive and Wright got the touchdown on a 10-yard run to extend the Pirate lead to 33-12.

Shepherd's final score covered 63 yards in eight plays, capped with a 16-yard run by Moye with 2:03 left in the game. A fumbled snap on the point after turned into a two-point pass when Truelove hit T.J. Robinson in the end zone for the game's final margin, 41-12.

The Bulldogs leading rushers were Williams with 85 yards, followed by Love with 47. Howard and Johnson added 20 and 19 yards, respectively.

Love was 4-of-9 passing for 57 yards and a 13-yard touchdown toss to Ivie. His top receiver was Johnson with two catches for 37 yards.

C-CHS 2016 Cheerleaders promote school spirit, leadership

Back row L-R: Cheer Sponsor Laci Murphy, Alex Harrell, Sr., Dadrionna Patterson, Soph., Alejandra Farfan, Jr., Elexington Freeman, Fr., Taylor Handley, Soph.,Gracie Wilkinson, Soph., Lizet Soto-Aguilar, Fr., Mya Williams, Jr., Candace Jackson, Fr., Jaylyn  Brannon, Jr., Sponsor Tammy Farr.  Front row L-R: Breanna Potts, Sr., Kendriana Johnson, Jr., Lindsey Damian, Fr., Hanna Powell, Sr., Mascot Emily Lawson, Soph., Samantha Garcia, Fr., Madison Knight, Soph., Dorothy Popham, Soph., Katelynn Chunn, Fr., and Bre’anna Owens, Soph. Not Picutred:  Cathyln Haines. (Photo by Beverly Cockerel)Back row L-R: Cheer Sponsor Laci Murphy, Alex Harrell, Sr., Dadrionna Patterson, Soph., Alejandra Farfan, Jr., Elexington Freeman, Fr., Taylor Handley, Soph.,Gracie Wilkinson, Soph., Lizet Soto-Aguilar, Fr., Mya Williams, Jr., Candace Jackson, Fr., Jaylyn Brannon, Jr., Sponsor Tammy Farr. Front row L-R: Breanna Potts, Sr., Kendriana Johnson, Jr., Lindsey Damian, Fr., Hanna Powell, Sr., Mascot Emily Lawson, Soph., Samantha Garcia, Fr., Madison Knight, Soph., Dorothy Popham, Soph., Katelynn Chunn, Fr., and Bre’anna Owens, Soph. Not Picutred: Cathyln Haines. (Photo by Beverly Cockerel)

By Beverly Cockrell
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CORRIGAN – This year, Corrigan-Camden High School is blessed to have a great group of young ladies to serve as the 2016-2017 cheerleaders. Under the leadership of Tammy Farr and Laci Murphy, these young ladies must maintain a rigorous practice schedule in preparation of pep rallies and football games as well as comply with all the rules maintained by any extracurricular activitiy such as No Pass No Play.

The Texas University Interscholastic League website (www.uil.org) states that "Students participating on cheerleading teams or spirit squads that support UIL activities are currently identified as an extracurricular participant.The primary focus of a UIL school cheerleading program is to support their school athletic activities and to create a sense of school unity through spirited student-lead performances."

While cheerleading is not directly regulated by UIL, certain rules such as "No Pass No Play, eight hour practice limitation, athletic periods, one contest during the school week and extracurricular absences" apply .

Late last school year, Tammy Farr was tapped to serve as Cheer Advisor for the district. Tammy graduated from Corrigan-Camden in 1993 and went on to obtain her bachelor's in communication in Newswriting and an associate's degree in Computer Information Systems. Tammy started at C-CISD in 2014 teaching fourth grade eventually transferring to the high school campus in 2015. She is the very proud mother to Kacie Dewberry, C-CHS 2013 Salutatorian and University of Texas senior and Kely Farr, a sixth grader at C-C Junior High. Needless to say, C-CISD is most fortunate to have Tammy with her capabilities and skills in many areas of the curriculum.

Farr related that any student interested in trying out for cheerleader in the future "must be willing to work hard, take instruction, and cooperate with others without complaining. Students need a lot of school spirit, as a cheerleader helps promote school spirit."

‘Dawgs off to rough start in season opener against Woodville’s Eagles

Ty Love (9) lead blocks for Jaylon Williams (3) during Friday’s season opener in Woodville. Williams led the Bulldogs with 83 yards on 22 carries. ( Photo by Linda Jacobs)Ty Love (9) lead blocks for Jaylon Williams (3) during Friday’s season opener in Woodville. Williams led the Bulldogs with 83 yards on 22 carries. ( Photo by Linda Jacobs)

By Linda Jacobs
Contributing Writer
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WOODVILLE—The Woodville Eagles scored on all but one possession to shutout Corrigan-Camden, 51-0 in the 2016 season opener Friday night.

The Bulldogs were roughed up from the get-go, as the Eagles ripped and snorted their way for 293 yards and five touchdowns to build a commanding 36-0 lead by halftime.

Throughout the game, Corrigan made just three trips inside Woodville territory, and all were short-lived. One ended with a fumble for the only turnover of the game. The other two came at the end of each half.

"Well, we played like we practiced all week," Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong said. "We had a poor week of practice and we got what we deserved.

"That's kind of our motto right now, we've got to deserve to win. There's no doubt, what you do in practice is going to carry over on Friday night."

Eagle quarterback David Whitehead and a slew of running backs accumulated 418 yards on 36 carries in a double wing offense. The team moved the chains for 19 first downs.

"That's a good, talented football team," said Armstrong. "They got off the football and got after us."

The Bulldogs were held to 118 yards on 35 carries and six first downs.

"We're not blocking very well and we're not tackling very well. That's two things you've got to do in this game to be good."

The Bulldogs have a young team this year, with only seven seniors in the lineup. Eight juniors and eight sophomores complete the roster.

"We've got people that don't know what to do yet. We've got some kids in new positions, but it's time. It's not like it's been new, it's been three weeks now, so it's time to get it going and figure it out."

Things will not ease up Friday, as the Bulldogs host Centerville in the home opener. The Tigers, a three-round playoff team a year ago, defeated Hearne 56-0 in their season opener.

"We'll keep working," said Armstrong. "You hope the effort picks up in practice and you hope the focus picks up. Hopefully we're better next week."

Jaylon Williams was the leading ball carrier for the Bulldogs with 83 yards on 22 carries. The senior tailback had three carries in double digits, including his longest of the night of 22 yards. "He did some things good," Armstrong said. "He made some good runs when we got it blocked for him, but we didn't do enough."

Zack Ivie was runner-up with 41 yards on two totes. Ivie bolted for the longest run during the Bulldogs final possession of the game. Following a punt that pinned the 'Dogs at their own four yard line, Ivie took the snap from center and busted through the middle for a 40-yard gainer. Corrigan made one more first down and advanced to the 31 of Woodville when time expired.
Friday's contest was delayed for an hour due to a lightning storm in the area. Fortunately, Woodvlle has an artificial turf field that made conditions favorable. "We didn't have trouble hanging on to the ball, we just didn't block," stated Armstrong.

"We didn't block on offense and we didn't tackle on defense. It doesn't matter what kind of offense you run, or defense, those two things have to happen. I've heard Lou Holtz say that. This game comes down to blocking and tackling."

While the Bulldogs were forced to punt time and time again, the Eagle offense was churning out touchdowns, scoring on runs of 19, 55, 54, 31, and three yards in the first half of action.

Zackary Martin finished as the top rusher for the Eagles, with 109 yards on eight carries, and Ivan Lockhart was runner-up wth six totes and 90 yards. C.J. Wooten carried twice for touchdown runs of 19 and 54 yards for a total of 73 yards.

Corrigan Softball All-Stars

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SOFTBALL ALL-STARS – Congratulations to Molly Rayborn, Katy Burris, Makenna Hughes, and Hailey Nash for representing Corrigan in the East Texas All Star game hosted by Texas Slam in Livingston on Memorial Day. These Lady Bulldogs worked hard during their highly successful regular season and proudly represented C-CHS athletics in the All Star contest. Way to go, ladies.