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Improved 'Dogs go toe-to-toe in second week contest against Shepherd

Corrigan-Camden’s Ty Love tries to escape a tackle in the first quarter of Friday’s game versus Shepherd. Love had 109 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. (Brian Besch Photo)Corrigan-Camden’s Ty Love tries to escape a tackle in the first quarter of Friday’s game versus Shepherd. Love had 109 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown. (Brian Besch Photo)

By Albert Trevino

The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs remain winless going into week three of the regular season after a 48-14 loss against the Shepherd Pirates Friday.
Although the Bulldogs' rush offense appeared more aggressive for their second game, early penalties and costly turnovers caused Corrigan to fall behind early and continue to haunt the team this season. Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong is still concerned with the on-field mistakes his team has made so far.

"We are not taking care of the football." said Armstrong. "Until we do that, we are not going to win. It is as simple as that. We are still making some 'dumb' penalties at bad times."

Shepherd's offense controlled most of the game with 520 total yards compared to Corrigan's total of 219 offensive yards.

Pirate senior running back Trevor Moye was the game's leading rusher with 11 carries for 239 yards, also totaling four touchdowns for his team. Pirate senior quarterback Nick Truelove led the game in passing with three attempts for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Other top rushers included Bulldog senior quarterback Ty Love with 21 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown, Pirate senior Nick Truelove with six carries for 78 yards, Pirate junior running back David Yates with five carries for 76 yards and Bulldog sophomore quarterback Dohn Freeman with 13 carries for 51 yards and a score.

The Pirates received the opening kickoff and scored on their first play from scrimmage with a 68-yard touchdown run up the middle by Moye. This was followed by two-point conversion on a pass from Truelove to Pirate junior tight end Lance Smith, which put Shepherd up early by eight points.
On the following kickoff, Dohn Freeman ran for 27-yards on a return that gave Corrigan good field position at the Shepherd 45-yard line. The Bulldogs' offense marched down the field, reaching the Shepherd 9-yard line before stalling and turning the ball over on downs.

Starting deep inside their own territory, Shepherd's offense had little trouble moving the ball, thanks in part to a 53-yard quarterback keeper by Truelove that quickly put his team inside the red zone. This set up a 19-yard touchdown run on an inside handoff to Moye, which extended Shepherd's lead to 14-0.

On their second drive, the Bulldog offense quickly turned the ball over again inside their own territory, as a pass from Love was intercepted by Pirate senior linebacker Dylan Arie.

Starting from the Bulldog 38-yard line, Shepherd's offense managed to put together another scoring drive that ended with an 11-yard run to the end zone by Moye. This put the Pirates up 20-0 with time remaining in the first quarter.

"[Shepherd] had a couple of their athletic running backs that we just could not stop." Armstrong said. "We missed some tackles and you just cannot do that against good backs. Our defense got knocked back while Shepherd dominated the line of scrimmage."

The Bulldogs received a much-needed spark going into the second quarter, starting with another good kickoff return by Freeman. Love helped carry the Bulldog offense on that drive with nine rushes, including a 29-yard run into Pirate territory. The drive ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by Love, followed by two-point conversion pass that fooled Shepherd defenders, as Bulldog junior wingback Zack Ivie snuck into an empty space in the end zone. That put Corrigan on the board with eight points.

"We just saw a couple of things that [Shepherd] was giving us and they ended up taking it away later." Armstrong said. "We took advantage of it and was able to move the ball down the field. We just didn't do it enough."

Still facing a 12-point deficit, Corrigan would stay aggressive on the following kickoff with a successful onside kick recovery at midfield. However, the Bulldogs offense would not go far before having to punt the ball away on a three-and-out.

On the next drive, Shepherd would extend their lead further in the second with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Truelove to Moye. The Pirates would maintain a 26-8 lead going into halftime.

Corrigan's offense suffered another turnover on the opening drive of the third quarter as Love fumbled on a rush attempt near midfield.
This quickly led to a 49-yard touchdown run by Moye, followed by a two-point run by David Yates, which put Shepherd up by 26 points.

The 'Dogs eventually scored their second touchdown on the following drive, which totaled 14 plays. That drive ended with rushing touchdown on a 3-yard quarterback keeper by Freeman. The extra point kick was no good and the score was 34-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Shepherd would score two additional touchdowns in the fourth to put the game out-of-reach for the Bulldogs. The first was a 50-yard touchdown run up the middle by Yates.

The second touchdown came in the final minutes with a 6-yard run by Pirate senior quarterback Jonathan Salcido. A two-point conversion run by Pirate junior quarterback Jacob Odstrcil would make the final score 48-14 on Friday.

Although the Bulldogs seemed to improve their effort from the opening loss against Centerville, Armstrong stated there is much more work to be done before his team can earn its first victory.

"We were better this week, but we are still so far away from being where we want to be." said Armstrong. "We just got to keep grinding it out at practice and getter better. Right now, our focus is going to be cutting mistakes and playing harder."

Corrigan will prepare to play their next regular season matchup at home this Friday against the Kountze Lions, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Fall season sports schedules out

Pictured L-R:  C-CHS Senior Ty Love, Coach Brad Purvis, C-CHS Junior Zack Ivie ask “Are you ready for some football?” (Linda Jacobs Photo)Pictured L-R: C-CHS Senior Ty Love, Coach Brad Purvis, C-CHS Junior Zack Ivie ask “Are you ready for some football?” (Linda Jacobs Photo)

By Beverly Cockrell

Mark your calendars. Corrigan-Camden High School's volleyball, football and cross country coaches submitted their game schedules for 2017-2018. From early in June, most C-CHS athletes have been busy getting ready for fall sports by running and other conditioning measures.

The Lady Dogs are first to compete as C-CHS Volleyball gets underway early in August. Head Coach Sage Taylor submitted the following schedule:

C-CHS Cross Country Coach Javier Perez provided his team's schedule. While the cross country meets are in the fall, a good deal of his students also participate in the distance running events in track later in the spring. This year's schedule is as follows:

August 26 – Jana Broxson, Chester (HS only)
September 2 – Edward Pina Invitational, Corrigan
September 9 – Salmon Lake Park, Grapeland
September 16 – Red Devil Invitational, Huntington
September 21 – Hudson Invitational, Hudson
September 27 – Elkhart Invitational, Elkhart
October 4 – Coke Classic, Lufkin
October 11 – District Meet
October 23 – Region III-3a Regional Championship
November 4 – State Meet

Last, but certainly not least, "are you ready for some football?" Head Coach Seven Armstrong and the Dogs are certainly getting ready. Student conditioning has been ongoing since right after the end of the last school year. The C-CHS Varsity football schedule is printed below.

Let's not leave out the powerhouse JV and 8th grade teams.

The junior varsity and eighth grade schedule is also printed below this article.

So, set your clocks, mark your calendars, or your phones, to these dates and exciting events and support our students, our school and our community. LET'S GO DOGS!

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."