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.
Top Photo – Jaylon Williams glides over the final hurdle during the running of the boys 300-meters Friday night at the 2016 UIL State Track and Field Finals. Williams completed the race in 39.42 seconds to finish in fifth place.
Photo Below – Senior LaDarius Hamilton reached the medal stand in the Class 3A shot put event at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in Austin Friday. Hamilton tossed the shot put 54'-2" to bring home the silver medal.Hamilton was also a state qualifier in the discus throw.
Teammates McKenna Hughes (left) and Eryka Price (right) congratulate K.K. Harrison following a catch in center field. (Photo by Linda Jacobs)
By Linda Jacobs Contributing Writer
PORTER—Corrigan-Camden's record-breaking softball season came to a bittersweet end, as they dropped the first two of a best-of-three playoff series Friday night. District 24-3A champion Danbury defeated the Ladydogs 5-2 and 11-1 to win the Region III Area Championship on the campus of Porter High School.
Despite the loss, the Ladydogs have much to be proud of. The team, which includes no seniors, set a school record for most wins in a season, and broke a six-year playoff drought.
A lot of credit goes to head coach Michael Scoggin, a graduate of Corrigan-Camden. The first-year skipper led the team to the postseason for just the third time in program history. The team improved from five wins a season ago to a school record 27 wins this year.
"Of course you hate to lose, it always really hurts to lose, but I tried to tell them, it's not necessarily a loss, it's a learning experience. It's only going to make us stronger next year," said Scoggin.
"We made portfolios at the first of the year for our expectations and I think when we look back through them on Monday, we're going to see that we did have a good year. As much as you hate to lose, we had a good year."
Not only does Scoggin believe his team will be better next year, he hopes to do a better job himself. "I'm a first year coach and even though I played sports all my life, I learned a lot this year. I'll be a better coach for the girls next year. "They'll know me, they'll know our signs. There are a lot of little things that will add up to a lot of wins. We should be back here again next year, and we're going to be much stronger."
Corrigan's offense had been potent leading up to the playoffs, and it came up big in their Bi-district championship win versus Trinity. Unfortunately, the team combined for just six hits in the two losses to the Lady Panthers.
"We just ran out of gas," Scoggin said. 'They were tough and jumped out on us, so a lot of credit to them.
"We hadn't had back-to-back games all year and we just came out flat. It's always easy to do everything when you're winning, but we got down. We're not used to being down a lot, so we've got to learn next year to be able to dig ourselves back up."
Brooklyn Swacker dictated the first game, limiting the Ladydogs to just four hits while striking out nine in a 5-2 victory. All four hits were scattered to the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Molly Rayborn registered the first hit for Corrigan, connecting a two-out single to center field in the top of the first. Swacker, however, kept her from advancing by fanning cleanup batter Keely Smith for the third out.
The Lady Panthers finished with seven hits and scored all five of their runs by the third frame. The damage was done on four hits, one walk and one Corrigan error. Danbury managed three additional hits in the final three innings, but a solid defense kept the Panthers from crossing home plate.
Defensive standouts were catcher Molly Rayborn, who gunned down a base runner in the fourth inning. Eryka Price caught three pop flies in right, and center fielder K.K. Harrison snagged a fly ball. Hailey Nash halted four plays from her shortstop position.
It would be the top of the fourth before Corrigan erased the zero from their side of the scoreboard. Sophomore MaKenna Hughes had a hand in both of the Ladydogs' runs. She smashed a home run over center field for a 5-1 margin, and then belted a double to score Keely Smith in the sixth inning for her second RBI.
Alex Harrell had the final hit of the game, smashing a two-out triple to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh. Harrell was stranded when Danbury snagged a line drive at third to end the game.
Second game Leadoff batter Madison Garza went 3-for-4 and hit two of Danbury's five doubles to be the driving force in the Lady Panthers' 11-1 victory in game two. Garza would hit the first of three two-baggers that bounced off the outfield fence to stake an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
"They were a good hitting team," added Scoggin. "Our outfielders hadn't had to go back on that many balls. When you're running full speed toward the fence and you're not used to it, it can be a challenge."
Corrigan's offense was held to only two hits in the five-inning contest. Rayborn hit a two-out single to left field in the bottom of the first, but was stranded when Allie Neubauer recorded the second of her eight strikeouts to end the frame. MaKenna Hughes had her second big hit of the game in the bottom of the second when she rounded all the bases for an inside-the-park home run to slice the deficit to 3-1.
The Lady Panthers took advantage of four hits, two walks and three errors to plate seven runs in the top of the third to increase the lead to 10-1. Garza and Brynna Stout had RBI knocks, while two Ladydog errors allowed three runs to cross home plate.
Corrigan was hitless the final three frames, although three Ladydogs managed to get on base. Two boarded when hit by a pitch, and another drew a walk. The Panthers would strand two and catch one stealing to wipe out any threat. Danbury added a run in the top of the fifth to garner a 10-run lead. Garza hit a one-out single to right-center and later scored on a single by Swacker to give the Panthers an 11-1 advantage.
The Ladydogs were unable to extend the game beyond the fifth. Brook Martin, who came in to pitch in the fourth, struck out Paige Hooks and Abigail Pinon for the first two outs. Alex Harrell was the last to board the bases when hit by a pitch. She stole second, but was stranded when Katy Burris flied out to center to end the game.
Brandin Dirden (11) blocks for LaKendrick Moore (6) in action Friday against Hemphill. Moore led the Bulldogs with 149 yards on 22 carries in a 34-14 win over the Hornets. (Photo by Linda Jacobs)
By Linda Jacobs Contributing Writer
CORRIGAN—The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs rebounded from their loss in the District 11-3A opener last week by defeating the Hemphill Hornets 34-14 at Bulldog Stadium Friday night.
The win evens the Bulldogs' district record to 1-1 and improves their season record to 4-3 as they head into Friday's matchup at Newton. The Eagles are currently 2-0 in the league standings.
"This was a big win for us," said Bulldog head coach Seven Armstrong. "It gets us back on track, but we've still got to play better than we did tonight when we play against Newton (Friday) because we're going to have our hands full.
"We still need to make sure we're practicing hard and make sure we're doing the things that we need to do to win. We need to take care of our football and get theirs, that always makes a difference."
The Bulldogs were not error free in their win against Hemphill, who falls to 3-4 for the season and 0-2 in the district standings.
Despite losing two fumbles, which they can ill afford to have against Newton, the Bulldog offense still motored for 355 yards against the Hornets. The running game netted 296 yards on 51 carries with four touchdowns and the passing game added 59 yards and one touchdown.
Sophomore Ty Love took over quarterback duties from senior LaKendrick Moore. The swap was productive as Moore was the leading Bulldog rusher with 149 yards on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns.
"We looked at something tonight and we'll see it on film and decide if we liked it or not," commented Armstrong, regarding the quarterback switch. "We're trying to move some kids around to make sure that we've got them in the best place to make us successful as a football team."
Jaylon Williams, who has carried a good chunk of the backfield load in recent weeks, played wingback Friday and made a big impact for the Bulldogs. "As a wingback, Jaylon brings so much more to the table, and we can still get him the football. He gives us a deep threat that we didn't have before."
Love went to the air four times and completed two passes, including a 42-yard scoring strike to Williams in the first half. Williams also carried the ball four times for 20 yards.
All total, the Bulldogs moved the sticks for 20 first downs rushing, two passing and two via Hemphill penalties. Backing up Moore in the rushing department was Fre'Darion Johnson with 67 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Nathan Cooper tallied 51 yards on eight totes.
Defensively, the Bulldogs had their hands full with lefty quarterback Myles Launius who went to the air 31 times and completed 14 passes for 139 yards. Jaylon Williams played tough in the secondary and had one interception for the 'Dogs.
The Hornet running game was stopped for even fewer yards, finishing with 114 yards on 35 carries for a 3.2 average.
LaDarius Hamilton, back in the lineup after missing a couple of games, led the defensive crew in tackles. "He made some key plays for us, that's what your players are supposed to do," said Armstrong.
Also coming up big defensively for the Bulldogs were, Fre'Darion Johnson, Wyatt Nash, Zack Ivie, Trey Lawson, Brandin Dirden, Ashton Jones, Thomas Casper and Alex Vance.
Hemphill finished with eight first downs rushing, seven passing and two on Corrigan penalties.
Opening drive The Bulldog defense set the tone on the opening drive of the game when they held the visiting Hornets to just two yards in three downs to force an early punt.
The offensive unit went to work at their own 41-yard line following a 27-yard punt by Hemphill. Four different backs toted the ball on the opening drive. LaKendrick Moore had three carries for 17 yards and Fre'Darion Johnson, who had the longest run of 21 yards, carried three times on the drive. His last run down to the two-yard line set up a quarterback sneak by Love, who crossed the goal with 6:20 left in the first.
Johnson ran for the two-point conversion to give the 'Dogs an early 8-0 lead.
The Bulldog defense kept digging in and held the Hornets on their next two possessions, forcing a punt from their own 35, followed by a stop on fourth and six at the Corrigan 44-yard line.
The latter defensive stop would set the home team up for their second touchdown of the game. The drive covered 56 yards in six plays and was capped by a 42-yard chunk from Love to a wide open Williams, who caught the pass near the 10-yard line and went in untouched to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead with 9:23 left in the second quarter. Hemphill answered the Bulldogs on the ensuing drive by marching 67 yards in just five plays. Launius completed two passes on the drive and hit his target with a 53-yard scoring strike to Tommy Williams. The Hornets went for two and came up short when Johnson stopped Luke Simpson shy of the goal line, leaving the margin 14-6.
On the next series, the Bulldogs were driving at will against the Hornets. Nathan Cooper had a 23-yard run up the middle to the Hornet 21. Moore, Williams and Johnson all had carries on the drive, as well. On second and three from the 14, Cooper took off again and was nearing the goal line when the ball was knocked loose. The pigskin bounced into the end zone and a Hornet recovered for a touchback.
With just 3:49 left in the half, the Hornets put together a good drive, moving the ball from their own 20 to the Bulldog 15-yard line. It was halted, however, when Williams intercepted a Launius pass at the Corrigan nine-yard line. A 21-yard return moved the ball out to the 30 with just 18 ticks left in the first half.
Second half action The Bulldogs got the ball to start the second half after winning the opening coin toss and deferring.
It paid off as Corrigan engineered their best drive of the game, chewing up half the quarter to produce their third score of the night with 6:08 on the clock.
Moore was the workhorse on the drive, toting the ball six times, including the touchdown on a six- yard run to extend the lead to 20-6. Both Williams and Johnson had carries of nine yards to keep the chains moving in the right direction.
The Bulldogs would score on the next two drives, while the defense would halt the Hornets twice on fourth down attempts.
Corrigan went 72-yards in nine plays to score early in the fourth quarter. Johnson and Moore both had double digit runs on the drive. Johnson ripped a 19-yard gainer and Moore busted loose on a 15-yard run down to the Hornet 11-yard line. Four plays later, Johnson scored from two yards out to extend the Bulldog lead to 26-6.
Corrigan's final touchdown was just four plays and 39 yards. The short field was set up after the Bulldog defense stopped Hemphill on a fourth and four play.
Moore took the first handoff from Love and gained 25 yards before being tripped up at the Hornet 14-yard line. On second and nine, Moore gained 12 yards to the one. He scored on the next play and also netted the two-point run to stretch the Bulldog lead to 34-6 with 7:21 left in the game.
A second Corrigan fumble would set the Hornets up to score the game's final touchdown. The 18-play drive started at the Hemphill 26-yard line with 5:27 left in the game.
Triton Manous, who led the Hornets with 102 yards on 23 carries, had 12 totes on the drive, including six in a row and the one-yard touchdown run with just 37 seconds left in the game.
Launius tossed a two-point pass to Taylor Garrett for the final margin, 34-14.
Next week The Bulldogs will travel to Newton Friday to battle the Eagles. Newton (3-4, 2-0) is coming off a 38-35 win over Crockett (4-3, 1-1).
In other District 11-3A action, Garrison (5-2, 2-0) defeated Deweyville 27-12.
Marcus Hood (10) blocks for Malyk Johnson. Attempting to make the tackle for Kountze is Grayland Arnold (1). (Photo by Linda Jacobsz0
By Linda Jacobs Contributing Writer
CORRIGAN—The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs overcame adversity and a first half deficit to defeat the Kountze Lions Friday night, 28-20 at Bulldog Stadium.
The Lions outscored Corrigan in the first half after the home team failed to score inside the five yard line on the opening drive of the game. The Bulldogs would trail at the break, 13-6.
Both sides of the ball turned up the intensity level in the second half and outscored the visiting Lions 22-7. The 'Dogs played solid defense and stopped the Lions twice on fourth downs and intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to halt potential scoring drives.
"We showed some heart tonight and that was good to see," commented Corrigan head coach Seven Armstrong, whose team improves to 3-1 for the season.
"We shut them out in the second half. We've come a long way defensively and we're playing pretty good defense now. We especially did in the second half tonight."
The Lions fared better in the first half by both means of transportation, accumulating 142 yards through the air and 80 yards on the ground. It was a different story in the second half as the Corrigan defense limited sophomore quarterback Dallion Edwards (15-of-31) to just 84 passing yards, while the ground game totaled just 26 yards.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times offensively," said Armstrong. "We're driving the ball in the first half and get down to, I think the four yard line, and get stuffed."
A fumble in the second half gave the Lions their only points in the final two frames. Grayland Arnold, who caught two scoring tosses from Edwards, stripped the ball from Bulldog quarterback LaKendrick Moore and returned it 77 yards for a Lion touchdown and a 20-12 advantage late in the third quarter.
"We're shoving it down their throat and he pulls it out of LaKendrick's hands, it was just a bad break," said Armstrong. "He was fighting for extra yards and just got stripped.
"He's a player," referring to Arnold.
"He's a great football player and he made a play on that one.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times, but overall, I'm very pleased with the heart our kids showed tonight."
The two teams mirrored one another for most of the first half. Both teams were stopped on fourth down plays inside each other's territory on opening drives. Kountze was halted at the Corrigan 37 and the Bulldogs failed to hit paydirt after having a first and goal at the Kountze seven-yard line.
The next two drives ended in punts for both teams.
After a scoreless first quarter, it was a big play by Edwards and Arnold that put the Lions on the scoreboard first. Edwards connected a 35-yard strike to Arnold who caught the pass running down the right sideline ahead of a Bulldog defender to go in untouched for six with 7:58 left in the second quarter. An attempted two-point conversion failed to leave the Lions with a 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs answered on the next series to knot the score with 4:45 remaining in the half. The drive covered just 49 yards following a squib kick by the Lions.
Malyk Johnson had four carries on the drive, including the touchdown on a five yard tote. Johnson would finish with 183 yards on 23 carries to be the game's leading rusher.
The Lions started their next possession from their own 49-yard line with 4:34 on the clock.
QB Edwards completed four passes on the drive with two of the tosses going for 20 and 23 yards. His fourth pass came under intense pressure by the Bulldog defense, but he was able to find receiver Dylan Ainsworth open in the end zone with just 26 seconds left in the half. An extra point gave the Lions a 13-6 halftime lead.
Second half Jaylon Williams returned the opening kick of the second half 63 yards to quickly set the Bulldogs up for the first of three touchdowns. Williams advanced the ball from his own 12 to the Kountze 25.
Malyk Johnson rambled for 13 yards on second down to take the ball to the eight-yard line. Two plays later, LaKendrick Moore scored on a five-yard keeper. Johnson was stopped on the two-point conversion to leave the 'Dogs trailing the Lions, 13-12 with 9:56 on the clock.
The Bulldog defense forced the Lions to punt on the next series of downs. Corrigan took over at their own 33 and picked up two first downs to move the ball to the Kountze 27. The sixth play of the drive is when Arnold stripped the ball and ran 77 yards in the opposite direction for a touchdown to extend the Lions lead to 20-12 with 2:56 remaining in the third.
The touchdown by Arnold would be the Lions last productive play of the game. The Bulldog defense stopped Kountze on fourth down at the Corrigan 37 and later at the Kountze 33. Both LaKendrick Moore and Jaylon Williams make key interceptions in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.
Following the Arnold fumble return, the Bulldogs marched 62 yards in seven plays and scored on a 29 yard run by Malyk Johnson to knot the score at 20-all with 11:36 left in the game.
Kountze advanced to the Corrigan 37 on the next series, but one short run by Edwards and three incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Bulldogs.
Corrigan was unable to move the ball and Kountze took over at their own 17 with 8:16 left in the game. On the third play of the drive LaKendrick Moore intercepted Edwards and returned the pick to the Kountze 41 yard line.
Malyk Johnson scored on the very first play from scrimmage, escaping down the left sideline for his third touchdown. He also scored the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 28-20 advantage.
The Lions came up short on their final two drives of the ball game. First, they failed on fourth down at their own 33 with just over six minutes left to play.
Their last possession went from their own 25 to the Bulldog 17 before Edwards was picked off by Jaylon Williams near the 10 yard line with 27 seconds left in the game.
QB Moore had to take just one snap from center Alex Vance for the clock to expire with a 28-20 Bulldog victory.
Scores of interest Crockett 49, Madisonville 40 Henderson 32, Newton 8 Hemphill 44, Burkeville 8 Woodville 26, Deweyville 19 Garrison 51, New Diana 14