Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


September 28, 2013

GC Football: Record-setting Owens, Tigers fall in shootout, 77-65

Corsicana — Madden Football anyone?

The brightest, most electric, most innovative video game wouldn’t have a chance against Corsicana-Sulphur Springs.

Nope, these two teams made Madden ball look tame and boring Friday night at Tiger Stadium, where they combined for 142 points on a night when Corsicana tailback Tray Owens wrote his name in the record book, running for a Corsicana school-record 467 yards.

But even Owens’ remarkable, breath-taking act wasn’t enough for the Tigers, who fell short in this scoring-bonanza, 77-65.

That’s right, Corsicana scored 65 points and lost.

This is an offense that not only looks unstoppable at times, but literally is unstoppable. Just ask Sulphur Springs, which gave up nine points last week to Paris. Corsicana had nine points before you could say pass me the joystick (or video controller).

There was no joy for Corsicana’s Tigers, who took their final lead of the night on a Donovan Fields’ short TD run with 5:28 left. It was his second TD of the night and gave Corsicana a 65-63 lead.

But Larry Pryor had an answer for everything the Tigers did. The Wildcat quarterback threw for 423 yards (22 of 29) and three TDs and ran for two more, and both of those came after Cana took that 65-63 lead. Pryor ran free for a 19-yard run to give Sulphur Springs a 70-63 lead, and the Wildcats did something almost unheard of — they held Corsicana on downs when the Tigers came up short on a fourth-and-16 at their own 19.

Pryor scored on a 12-yard run with 41 seconds left to put the final touches on the 142-point night. He rushed for 133 yards and Sulphur Springs tailback Willie Ivery, who scored four touchdowns against Corsicana last year, did it again. He scored all four in the first half to lift Sulphur Springs to a 44-30 (that’s right, 74 points in 24 minutes) halftime lead. Ivery finished with 205 yards rushing.

It was that kind of night.

“I’ve never been a part of a game like this one,’’ Corsicana coach Steve Hoffman said. “We just have to get defensive stops.

“But I was proud of the kids. They never gave up, and we had a chance to win it at the end.’’

But what can you say about Owens, who was simply amazing. He ran for 356 yards two weeks ago against Forney, and now — in just four games — he has already rushed for more than 1,000 yards. Tiger fans, this kid is only a sophomore.

Owens scored on 52, 21, 36 and 35-yard TD runs, and QB Devontay Bell ran for two touchdowns.

Bell’s 33-yard TD opened up the cannon fire at 10:10 (less than two minutes into the game) and it was fire at will after that.

There was only one punt all night. Corsicana receiver Hector Calvillo sent a 52-yarder into the end zone in the first half.

The punters didn’t get near the field in the second half.

Owens scored on a 36-yard spin-and-turn TD 1:23 into the second half to close to 44-37, but Sulphur Sprigs answered with a Pryor 5-yard TD pass to Alex Burney, who had 10 catches for 114 yards and two TDs (he caught a 31-yarder with 1:10 left in the third to give Springs a 63-59 lead moments after Owens’ fourth TD run of the night (a 35-yarder with 2:12 left in the third that gave the Tigers a 59-56 lead).

Corsicana took its last lead after recovering a fumble on Fields’ TD run. Fields also had a two-point conversion trip after the Tigers blocked Springs’ first PAT of the night. That came after an 83-yard TD pass on Sprgs second play of the night.

It was that wild all night, and neither team ever stepped into a huddle. It was just no-huddle, no-defense, no-stop football.

In the end Owens and the Tigers just fell short.

Madden ball, but just not enough of it.

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