CORNERSVILLE- With the season in the balance, a two way lineman kicked Cornersville into the Class 1A Semifinals.
Senior Adam Qualls added the pivotal extra point after junior Eli Woodard scored to tie the contest at 20 and Qualls kicked the Bulldogs to the semifinals.
In a game between two top 10 teams in 1A, No. 7 Cornersville outlasted No. 2 Huntingdon 21-20 in two overtimes to advance to the school’s first Semifinal appearance in a game that lived up to the hype.
The Bulldogs (12-1) will now host No. 9 Lake County (11-2) in the Semifinals round next Friday as the Falcons defeated Hillcrest 35-6.
“What a great game to be a part of, both teams played their hearts out and neither team deserved to lose,” Cornersville head coach Gerard Randolph said.
“I’m so proud of the way our kids fought and never gave up, they fought through adversity to get the win.”
The game went to overtime tied at 14 as Cornersville went on offense first and had to settle for a 17 yard field goal attempt that was missed.
Huntingdon then took their overtime possession and got down to the three yard line but Kade Pearson fumbled and Cornersville recovered which killed the drive.
Pearson, a 1A Mr. Football Finalist rushed for 179 yards for the Mustangs but it sophomore Brandon Lawton scored from 10 yards out to give Huntingdon a 20-14 lead but a missed extra point set the stage for the game winning touchdown from Woodard.
The Bulldogs drew first blood as Woodard connected with senior Kolbe McMahon for a 60 yard touchdown and a Qualls PAT made the score 7-0, a lead that Cornersville would hold at halftime.
Huntingdon sophomore Hunter Ensley got the Mustangs on the board as he took the second half kickoff back 90 yards for a touchdown but a missed extra point made the score 7-6.
After the teams traded turnovers, Huntingdon took the lead as senior Tyrese Mebane capped off a six play 66 yards drive as he scored from four yards out.
Mebane then added the two point conversion to give Huntingdon a 14-7 lead.
Cornersville tied the score at 14 as Woodard added another touchdown pass to McMahon this time from 66 yards out with only seven seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Woodard lead the Bulldog ground game as he rushed for 110 yards on the evening.
“That was a great game to be a part of with two good teams leaving it all out on the field,” Huntingdon coach Eric Swenson said. “We had out opportunities but we couldn’t cash in when we needed to, but I’m really proud of the way the kids played their guts out.”
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