2008-10-08 / Sports

Bulldogs take advantage of Cougar miscues

By Mike Hoffman Contributing sportswriter

The Cougars lost a game Friday night that they should have won by turning the ball over three times in the second quarter. In less than five minutes the Clinton Central Bulldogs had scored 20 points off of those fumbles. 33-13

Central's Caleb Simmons picked up the first fumble and went 29 yards for the Bulldogs' first score. The second fumble resulted in a 4-yard TD run by David Griffy. Simmons caught a Corbin Orr pass for a 34-yard TD pass play on the third fumble.

Carroll's only scoring was in the first quarter when Riley Eller found Ben Bennington for a 4-yard TD pass. The extra point by Skylar Bagwell was good for a 7-0 CHS lead.

The team's second TD came on a 17-yard pass from Eller to Bagwell. The kick was no good and Carroll was up 13- 0.

Clinton Central Coach Mike Quick had his team ready. It looked like the Bulldogs had Carroll's play book when every time the Cougars ran the ball the Bulldogs knew just who to look for. They keyed in on several young Cougar players, who obliged them by making mistakes.

After the three fumbles the Cougars were never in the game again. The Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns.

The Cougars scored the first 13-points and the Bull- dogs the next 33 points for a final score of 33-13. Clinton Central is 4-3 and 2-1 in Hoosier Heartland Conference play, while the Cougars drop to 5-2 and 2-2 in the HHC.

Simmons led the Bulldogs with 14 carries for 120 yards and 2 TDs. Griffy had 85 yards on 15 carries and 2 TDs. Canaday had 8 carries for 82 yards. The Bulldogs had 377 total yards rushing to Carroll's 175 yards.

For Carroll, Drew Yoder had 77 yards rushing and Ben Bennington, 69 yards. Eller was 4-13-1 for 60 yards. Bagwell caught 2 passes for 53 yards.

The Cougars have another conference game Friday night when they travel to Chalmers to take on the (3-4 Frontier Falcons.

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