Region II-4A DI Bi-district
Corsicana vs. Red Oak
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Midlothian’s MISD Multi-Purpose Stadium
RADIO: KAND-AM 1340 (5:30 p.m. pregame show)
RECORDS: District 16-4A DI No. 2 seed Corsicana is 4-6. District 15-4A DI No. 1 seed Red Oak is 7-3.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Corsicana: QB Zach Rash, RB Ronnie Devearux, WR Ashton Newsome, DE Jarrett Hall, DE Darius Watson. Red Oak: QB Austin VanHove, RB Cameron Bausley, FB/LB Jeremiah Gaines, DB Hunter Gonzalez, LB Josh Fisher.
UPDATE: The Tigers make their 42nd playoff appearance and their fourth consecutive trip to the postseason ... they are 51-39 in the postseason for a .567 winning percentage ... the Tigers are 16-13 in first-round playoff games going back to 1970 ... they’ve won 11 of their last 17 bi-district games ... The Tigers have won 24 bi-district trophies dating back to 1930, according to lonestarfootball.net ... Corsicana is 9-2 against Red Oak dating back to 1970 with the losses coming in 2007 (35-34) and this season (34-31) ... the Tigers trailed 34-0 in that game on Sept. 8 before rallying for four TDs and three two-point conversions before their furious comeback attempt fell short ... it was the last game where injured QB Devontay Bell played all four quarters ... Rash took over for him the next week against Forney after Bell injured his knee ... Rash has moved up to sixth in the Golden Circle in passing, completing 46 of 97 passes for 656 yards and 10 TDs ... he’s thrown only two INTs ... Devearux became the Tigers leading rusher last week, getting up to 690 yards on 109 carries ... WR Bobby Wallace has 21 receptions for 345 yards ... Newsome leads the Tigers with four TD catches ... LB Cedric Weaver leads the Tigers in tackles ... Red Oak last won a bi-district game in 2007 and before that you have to go back to 1984 for one, according to lonestarfootball.com ... the Hawks have a terrific season going, the highlight a 17-0 win over No. 2 Lancaster ... VanHove has completed 69 of 127 attempts for 1,888 yards, 16 TDs and seven INTs ... Gaines is Red Oak’s leading receiver with 22 catches for 505 yards ... he’s sixth in The Dallas Morning News area leaders in scoring with 116 points on 19 TDs and a two-point conversion ... Red Oak averages 383.5 yards per game on offense ... the Hawks allowed 304.4 yards per game, 150.1 rushing per game and 154.3 passing per game ... Red Oak allows 22.6 points a game.
— Todd Wills