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October 22, 2012

Point After: Back on track

Return to traditional walk sparks Tigers inā€ˆEast Texas

Corsicana — Talking the talk and walking the walk were literally crucial to the Tigers opening victory over Nacogdoches in District 16-4A. Abandoned for reasons unknown, the methodical “Tiger Walk” as the team emerges from the tunnel re-emerged Friday night thanks to a little nudging from coach and CHS alum John Griggs.

Laugh if you want to, but Permian had MoJo and for at least the last 30 years the Tigers have had the “Tiger Walk.”

During that 30-year period the Tigers are 251-101-6. Logic says that if a team is 150 games over .500 during a 30-year period, then perhaps one shouldn’t change just a great deal.

I think it’s no coincidence that following the walks reappearance, the Tiger defense pitched its first shutout of the season, something that even the 2011 semifinal squad never accomplished. (The Dragons lone score was a result of an interception return for a touchdown).

All of a sudden, the team left for the also-ran pile is in the thick of the District 16-4 race. Give Phil Castles and staff credit, in the seventh game of the season his crew continues to plug and play utilizing players in all kinds of different roles.

Late in the game, Bernie “Doc” Camarillo and I had to do a double take when a heretofore defensive lineman was carrying the football through the heart of the Dragon defense.

“We worked on that package during the week,” said defensive lineman turned late in the game running back Ernest Lewis. “Coaches just told us to make sure and hold on to the ball.”

Lewis scored the game’s final touchdown and had two carries for 29 yards.

The Tiger defense had to bow their necks a couple of times to keep the Dragons from pay dirt. Defensive lineman Cedric Weaver blasted through the line on a late third-and-goal and dropped the Dragons back five yards.

“We came here to work,” Weaver said. “We worked as a team to get this win, and we have to continue to work as a team.”

The Tigers are 1-1 with Lindale heading to Tiger Stadium for Homecoming 2012. It’s game eight for a squad that looks a whole lot different from the squad we saw nine weeks ago in Denton.

Castles and crew continue to tweak, adjust and as Weaver said multiple times following the game “work hard.”

Entering his fourth season with the Tigers, Castles’ teams have made the playoffs every year since his arrival at Corsicana.

Despite starting 1-5, his players want to continue that trend.

“It feels good to win and feels good to keep them out of the end zone,” linebacker Jacob Grayson said. “I knew we had it in us. I think we will keep doing that walk.”

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