Kornegay says team needs to make a few adjustments

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

The Orange Grove Bulldogs, after scoring five touchdowns in the first half, managed to maintain their lead through a tough second half to beat the Taft Greyhounds 35-12 last Friday.

Jonathan Rodriguez and Barrett Davidson were the big scorers of the night, with two TDs each.

In the middle of the first quarter, a Davidson put the Bulldogs on the board, 7-0. Taft failed to make any headway after two first downs, which culminated in a Jose Martinez run for 58 yards, placing the Bulldogs in a prime position.

A short Rodriguez run up the middle put Orange Grove up 15-0, including the two-point conversion, with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.

After three first downs in the second quarter, Taft quarterback Chris Bradford used a QB keeper to score a TD, giving the Greyhounds a fighting chance going into the second.

But it wasn't meant to be as on the next series, at 2 and 10, Davidson found his opening and took it, running nearly 70 yards for a TD, less than 30 seconds after Bradford's score.

Davidson wasn't finished yet. On the very next play, he picked off a Greyhound pass to get the Bulldogs close to the goal line. Martinez sealed the deal, with a short carry at third down and inches, to put the Bulldogs up 28-6.

During Taft's next possession, Rodriguez picked off a pass in a three and 10 situation, leading to a 26-yard run and a TD, with 3:56 left in the half.

Both teams went into half time with 35-6 on the board.

A powerful display of running ability by Bradford placed Taft in scoring position late in the fourth quarter. A quick pass to the Greyhound's Israel Nanez, and Taft was back on the board 35-12.

Disheartened by the Taft TD, the Bulldogs gathered up their strength for one last drive, and with 56 seconds left and Taft holding the ball, Bubba Miller intercepted a pass, who seemed just as surprised as everyone else in the stadium. Shaking off his amazement, Miller ran down field 32 yards, shrugging off several players before being brought down. Orange Grove wound down the clock down, earning the 35-12 win.

Bulldog coach Brent Kornegay said there are some adjustments the team needs to make.

Kornegay said he believed the team took some things for granted going into half time, but he's going to review the film this week to see if his assumption holds true.

"I'm not going to do anything different. I mean, we made adjustments during half time, and we didn't do the adjustments, that's the bottom line," Kornegay said. "That's something the kids have got to understand, if we go into half time to make adjustments, we got to do them, and we just didn't do them."

Kornegay said he's not taking anything away from what the team accomplished Friday night. The team played hard, and they won, he said, and that's the bottom line.

"We'll build on it and go from there," Kornegay said.