‘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.