Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 19, 2013

Lightning stops Corsicana-Waxahachie game

By Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

— WAXAHACHIE — Mother Nature 1, Corsicana and Waxahachie 0.

That’s what happened Thursday night at Lumpkins Stadium, where the game between the two rivals was called because of lightning and an impending storm.

Corsicana jumped out early and was coming back in the second quarter when lightening forced officials to remove the players from the field. The Channel 21 TV cameras were rolling and so were the Tigers, who had just scored to close the score to 20-15 with 5:59 left in the half.

That’s when the game was halted.

Corsicana tailback Tray Owens, who was coming off a 356-yard night, was off and running again, and had already rushed for 78 yards. Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell didn’t carry the ball until midway in the second quarter, but he had a 29-yard run to the Waxahachie 23, and then almost scored on a 13-yard run to the 1-yard line to set up Corsicana’s second TD. He finished with 48 yards on three carries and completed 1 of 3 passes for 15 yards.

Donovan Fields scored both touchdowns for Corsicana. He scored on a 4-yard run with 4:23 left in the first quarter to complete an 80-yard, nine play drive as the Tigers ran at will on their first series of the night. Owens gained 72 yards on the opening drive.

Bell ran for a two-point conversion to lift Corsicana to an 8-0 lead. Waxahachie, which missed a 33-yard field goal on its first possession, took a 20-8 lead. Avery Jackson threw two TD passes — a 10-yarder to Braden Henry and a 44-yard TD pass to Quinn Sargent that came moments after Waxahachie recovered a fumble. Trevon Smith, who rushed for 71 yards on six carries, scored on a 13-yard run.

The Tigers closed to 20-15 when Fields scored on a 1-yard run and Ryan Condley kicked a PAT with 5:59 left. Then the lightning came.

The non-conference game will not be made up later in the year.