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Led by senior standouts, ‘Dawgs primed for final 2 games

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 3:52 pm

Post File Photo by Chris Siers Ben Franklin holds virtually every school rushing record and is primed to help the Bulldogs into the postseason. He currently has rushed for 1,771 yards and 28 touchdowns through eight games.

Post File Photo by Chris Siers Quarterback Blaine Woodard hasn’t needed to throw the ball much this season, but has run the offense extremely well for Cornersville.

By Chris Siers
When things have been clicking for Cornersville, the Bulldogs’ have boasted one of the best rushing attacks in the area.
Led by senior Navy commit Ben Franklin, Cornersville exits the bye week having won four of the last five games, scoring at least 40 points in each of the wins.
Franklin in particular has been a man on a mission, rushing for 309 yards on the Bulldogs’ senior night victory over Wayne County.
So far this season, Franklin has totaled 1,771 rushing yards on 130 carries, averaging well over 13 yards per carry.
He’s scored 26 touchdowns to lead the Bulldog offense, highlighted by a career night on September 29 against Cannon County.
Franklin totaled 356 yards, which was a school record in itself, along with seven touchdowns, which also was a school record.
In addition to terrorizing defenses with his run game, Franklin has made his impact on the defensive side of the ball as well as a pass rusher, forcing 10 sacks and three fumbles as well.
Exiting the off week, Cornersville sits 2-2 in Region 5-A and firmly in third place, with games against Eagleville and Huntland left on the schedule to wrap up the regular season.
In its five wins this season, Cornersville has scored on average of 48.8 points per game.
The Bulldogs’ two losses came to No. 1 and No. 2 in the region standings, Moore County and Collinwood.
If the Bulldogs are able to win out and finish the year on a four-game win-streak, that will set the Bulldogs up with a postseason berth for certain, but if Collinwood were to stumble against either Wayne County or Huntland in either of its final two games, the Bulldogs would lock up a home playoff game.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs will travel to Huntland to face the Hornets before closing the regular season out next Thursday at Eagleville.