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November 9, 2013

GC Football: Corsicana, Bell rip Jacksonville 48-31 in final game of season

JACKSONVILLE — Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell ended his playing days as a Tiger by rushing for 383 yards and scoring five touchdowns as Corsicana came into the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville Friday night and handed the Indians a 48-31 loss in the regular-season finale for both clubs.

Each team entered the season as playoff contenders, but those dreams faded away as the brutal District 16-4A race unfolded.

Corsicana ends the year at 2-7, 1-4, while Jacksonville wrapped up its year at 0-10, 0-5.

This was the first winless season for the Tribe in 27 years.

Corsicana did most of its damage in the first half.

The Tigers enjoyed a 34-17 lead at intermission, with each team adding 14 points to its ledger in the final 24 minutes of play.

Bell proved to be virtually unstoppable for the Tribe, with his mode of operation being to fake a handoff and then he would proceed up the middle, where he had considerable success from the get go.

Bell put the Tigers on the board first when he raced in from 36 yards out with 9:32 left in the opening period.

Four of his scores came in the first half.

In addition to his 36-yard scamper, he motored into the end zone on runs of  18, 86, 19, and 78 yards.

Jacksonville pulled to within four points at the 10:00 minute mark of the second quarter when quarterback Carter McCown ran around the right side from four yards out. Following Ryan Travis' PAT, the Tiger margin had been cut to 14-10.

After a 33-yard dash to pay dirt by Corsicana's Donavan Fields with 7:21 left in the first half, the Tigers again led by 11. Fields also scored a touchdown in the final frame for the winners.

But a 3-yard scoring burst by the Indians' Stacy Cummings once again pulled the Tribe to within four, 21-17, with just over six minutes to go in the second quarter.

But two scores by Bell in the final 1:22 of the first half proved to be too much for the Indians to overcome.

Jacksonville struggled in the Red Zone in the second half, twice fumbling the football inside of the 10-yard line when it initially appeared that the Tribe were on the way to scoring touchdowns.

The Corsicana defense rose to the challenge of keeping McCown, who accounted for 613 total yards against Lindale last week, in check.

McCown went 21-39-1 through the air for 200 yards and rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries.

Both teams' senior place kickers had nice efforts.

The Tigers' Ryan Condley was 6-of-7 on his PAT attempts, while the Tribe's Travis made good on four extra point tries in addition to drilling a 37-yard field goal in the first period.

Claude Franklin led Jacksonville in receiving with six catches for 53 yards, followed by Tony Lane with five grabs covering 36 yards.

Cash Cleaver reeled in three passes for 57 yards.

The Tigers' Bobby Lopez collected an interception late in the first half which led to Bell's fourth touchdown of the night.

Jacksonville's Datavion Thacker, one of several sophomores on the Indians' varsity roster, was injured in the second quarter defending on a play and was taken off of the field on a stretcher as a precautionary measure after receiving a stinger.Corsicana 48, Jacksonville 31

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