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.