Mudslide. Mudball, Mudpie. Mudcake.
Go ahead and pick out your muddiest, sloppiest metaphor for a game that slips and slides and spins in the mud.
You know that feeling, tires spinning and you’re not going anywhere.
Just ask the Kerens Bobcats.
They know just how that feels, know just how frustrating and down-right muddy it can get.
That’s what happened to Kerens Friday night at Willis Field, where the Bobcat’s’ regular season ended in a 33-7 loss to Italy that left Kerens stuck in third place in the final District 6-1A DI standings, and left Italy dancing (yes, dancing in the mud) atop the district.
In this muddy mess of a football game about the only thing that was clear is the district ace.
It looked rather muddy going to into the final week with Italy at 4-1 and Cayuga and Kerens right behind the Gladiators at 3-1. it came down to this: If Kerens, which had lost to Cayuga, could have beaten Italy by 15 or more points no Friday, the Bobcats would have forced a three-way tie in the district. The title and the seeds from 1-to-3 would have been decided by flipping coins.
Save your change.
It wasn’t needed. Italy (6-4 and 5-0) took care of business and gets the title and a first round bye in the playoffs. The Gladiators will need an extra week to get those uniforms clean. Kerens (5-5-3-2) goes into the playoffs next week as a No. 3 seed.
Kerens lives on its speed and quickness, so you can imagine what happened on a muddy field. That’s right, the mud took just about all of that away.
And Italy took the rest.
TaMarcus Sheppard had a night to remember as he played his final game at home for Italy, where the speedy quarterback left his mark on the program — and on Kerens.
On a night when no one could get a foothold, Sheppard rushed for 98 yards and ran for three touchdowns, scoring on 3-, 5- and 15-yard runs. Then just for a little icing on that senior night cake, he picked off a Nate Betts pass and returned it 45 yards for the final TD of the night as the clock was winding down to end the third quarter.
It was Betts’ third interception of the night.
Whether it was the treacherous footing or the slick and slippery ball, it was a tough night for Betts, who was held to just 35 yards rushing and 62 inn the air with the three picks. He connected with Brett Anderson four times for 47 yards and finished the night completing just 5 of 19 for 62 yards.
Betts, an electric and dynamic quarterback did score on a 13-yard run with 52 seconds left in the half to get the Bobcats on the board, but that was it for Kerens’ high-flying offense.
It was as if someone pulled the plug.
Pulled it right there in the mud ...
Mudslide. Mudball, Mudpie. Mudcake.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris
Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
She had no idea.
And she didn't care.
Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.
GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games
Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day
From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.
GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0
For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)
Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.
CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1
In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.
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