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!
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.
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.
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