Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 23, 2014

Big strides: Tigers win 2 of 3, barely miss state 7-on-7

Corsicana —

Corsicana’s Tigers had their best day on the 7-on-7 football field Saturday at Arlington Bowie High School, where the Tigers defeated Fort Worth Paschal and Arlington Sam Houston and lost a close game to Grand Prairie in the state qualifying tournament.
The Tigers beat Paschal, 21-20, and defeated Sam Houston, 40-38, and then fell to Grand Prairie, 39-27, and just missed advancing from pool play.
“We won two and lost one and we were in a three-way tie in our pool,’’ coach Steve Hoffman said. “They went with the team with the most total points and we lost by six points. We had three touchdowns called back in the first game. If we would have had those touchdowns we would have advanced.’’
Still, it was a big day for the Tigers, who were not only impressive, but played short-handed.
“We had some kids out with illness and some basketball players who had a commitment to a tournament,” Hoffman said. “We had only 12 players. The other teams had 20, but our kids played hard.’’
Danair Martin, one of Corsicana’s top receivers, and Jamaal Evans, Corsicana’s top safety, were missing along with six other players. Most of the kids had to play both ways. 
Quarterback Kishawn Kelly had a wrist injury and played receiver and defensive back while backup quarterback Ralph Watts started.
“Ralph did a real good job managing the game and throwing the ball, and Kishawn had a great day at receiver and on defense,’’ Hoffman said. “Kishawn is extremely athletic. He looked as good as anybody out there.”
Kelly played in Corsicana’s secondary last year as a freshman and was voted the District 16-4A and Golden Circle Newcomer of the Year. The success on Saturday doesn’t change the game-plan for this fall. Hoffman said Kelly is his quarterback and Watts, who has the best hands on the team, will play receiver.

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