That wasn’t lightning that struck Corsicana Friday night, just Whitehouse.
As if anyone who follows Texas high school football can say JUST Whitehouse.
These Wildcats might just be the best Class 4A team in the Lone Star.
They looked like it Friday night at Tiger Stadium, where they made quick work of the Tigers in a 45-14 rout that came complete with some bench-emptying and a running clock in the fourth quarter.
The rest of the teams in 4A might not have anywhere to run in a couple of weeks when the playoffs begin and Whitehouse starts getting serious.
It doesn’t take Whitehouse long to score.
Nope, not at all.
Those Wildcats know how to zip in and out of their no-huddle offense like no one in Texas, and they zip down the field just about as fast .
They left Corsicana wondering where the season went with a one-sided win that included a 68-yard punt return and a blocked punt and 23-yard return for touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes did the rest.
He came into the game with more than 2,600 yards in the air this season, and left after the third quarter. It was all but over by then, and they let the clock run.
Mahomes finished the night, completing 20 of 25 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 31-yard TD in the third (guess his arm was tired) and rushed for 47 yards on three carries, all in the third. He also had a 62-yard punt (no kidding) on a quick kick.
He’s on his way to Texas Tech, but he’ll make a run in the playoffs before he heads to Lubbock.
The Wildcats are ranked third in the Class 4A state poll, but no one who votes in that poll has to defend against Mahomes and his army of receivers. He completed passes to six different receivers on Friday, and three of them caught touchdown passes.
Drew Smith caught the first one — a 10-yarder. Then Shemar Smith caught the next one — an 11-yard toss on a drive in which Mahomes completed four in a row for 52 yards in about 40 seconds.
Those Wildcats are pretty quick.
Mahomes’ final TD pass came with 4:12 left in the half — a beauty of a throw to Jaylon Dews, who hauled in the 24-yarder in the end zone.
Whitehouse is now 9-0 and 4-0 in District 16-4A with a title-deciding game next week against Tyler John Tyler next week. It should be fun. Tyler has not lost a game since dropping from Class 5A to 4A and takes 22-game streak into that game.
Whitehouse will take the best defense Corsicana has seen since losing to Class 5A Denton Ryan on opening night into the season finale.
As good as that Whitehouse D is, the Wildcats couldn’t stop Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell, who ran for 185 yards on 25 carries. He ignited the Tigers early with a 52-yard keeper to the Whitehouse 15. Cana drove to the half-yard line, and then lost a fumble.
Last week they drove to the 2-yard line at Lindale on their opening drive before being held on downs.
It’s been that kind of would-have-could-have-should-have season for Corsicana, which can do no better than go 2-7 this year. The last time Corsicana ended a season with two wins was 1978.
Friday’s loss combined with Lindale’s win over Jacksonville officially knocked the Tigers (1-7, 0-4) out of the playoff picture. They slipped in last year with four wins (three in district), but this year they just seemed to slip on opportunities.
They lost sophomore sensation Tray Owens, who had gained 823 yards in two games before he injured an ankle on the second play against Tyler in the district opener.
They never could get a break.
Corsicana’s offense was unstoppable at times this season, but there were too many big plays that went the other way.
Two shake-your-head moments showed up Friday when Jake Parker returned Corsicana’s first punt 68 yards for a 7-0 lead, less than three minutes after the game started, and then there was Kostin Wallace’s blocked punt that Reggie Long picked up and raced 23 yards dragging Tigers with him into the end zone to lift 35-7 lead with 2:19 left in the half.
If you are looking for some bright spots for the Tigers, look at freshman Victor Wilkerson, who made his debut and scored a TD the third time he touched the ball — an 18-yarder that cut the lead to 14-7 with 11:07 left in the half.
LaKeem Christmas scored Corsicana’s other TD on a 57-yard run with 7:17 left in the game.
That ended the scoring for the night and two teams heading in opposite directions left the field.
That wasn’t lightning that struck Corsicana Friday night, just Whitehouse.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet
Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
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