Just call him Tray OH-Wens!
The kids and coaches on the Corsicana team call him T.O., and whatever nickname Tray Owens wants to be called, all of Corsicana should say it -- and say it loud.
Owens, a sophomore who had back-to-back 100-yard nights to start the season, had a breakout game for the ages Friday, rushing for 356 yards on 23 carries to lead Corsicana to a 36-17 comeback win against Forney.
That’s right, comeback.
The Tigers were down 17-0, and finally scored on a Devontay Bell to Ralph Watts 23-yard TD pass with two seconds left before halftime to cut the lead to 17-7.
Then TO delivered the TKO.
He scored on a 1-yard run, then and -- after a punt pinned the Tigers at their 1 yard line -- he broke free for a 98-yard TD run on a third down play that lifted Corsicana to its first lead of the year, and all but defined this game. Owens came back later with an 82-yard TD run to finish his scoring. He also had a 79-yard run that didn’t reach the end zone.
The Tigers had been reaching for a win all season, and they danced off the field in celebration for first-year coach Steve Hoffman, who got his first W in Corsicana.
“That was amazing,’’ he said of Owens’ big night. “It was amazing, but not surprising because that kid is a good back and because he works so hard every day. He takes a lot of pride in what he does. He put it all together in the second half. Nothing that kid does surprises me.’’
Owens had just 22 rushing yards at halftime, but he turned on the switch and so did the Tigers.
“He’s such a team player. He gave credit to everybody,” Hoffman said. “We really overcame a lot of adversity. We were down 17-0 and they could have hung their heads and said, ‘here we go again,’ but they came back.’’
Hoffman’s Tigers scored 36 points in a row, and a defense that had struggled in losses to Denton Ryan and Red Oak, shut down Forney in the second half.
It was special for Bell, whose season ended against Forney in the third game of the season when he tore his ACL. He left the field in tears a year ago. He left bouncing with a smile on his face on Friday, just like all the Tigers.
“Devontay is a big reason (for Owens’ big night). He’s such a threat back there,’’ Hoffman said. “They make a great tandem. He could have had 200 yards.’’
Bell ran for 102 yards threw for 81 yards and a TD pass -- a beauty to Watts that seemed to change the tone of the game at he end of the first half. The Tigers took the second half kickoff and with Owens and Bell running by Forney (1-2), they drove 65 yards in seven plays and scored in 96 seconds to send a message about the second half when Owens scored on a 1-yard run.
Corsicana never punted in the second half and never looked back.
Bell almost scored twice. His 88-yard romp down the right sideline in the second quarter was called back because of a holding penalty, and his 35-yard TD run in the fourth ended when he fumbled the ball in the end zone. Donovan Fields scored on a 1-yard run on the next play to lift the Tigers to a 28-17 lead. Then Owens added one more TD.
Ooooooooh-Wens! What a night for the kid and the Tigers …
Just call him Tray OH-Wens!
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.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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