Oh so close.
That’s the way it looked.
That’s the way it felt when the ball just got past Danair Martin in the left corner of the end zone, skipping past his fingertips.
It was there and then it wasn’t. The pass was just that close.
Just like this season seems to be for Corsicana’s near miss Tigers, who just missed again Friday night in a 48-41 loss to Nacogdoches, which has emerged as one of the biggest surprises in all of Class 4A football in Texas.
The Tigers almost emerged Friday.
They climbed out of a 21-0 hole, knotted things at 21-21, and then had to come back again when Nacogdoches went up 34-21.
No problem. Corsicana can score with just about anyone and wouldn’t you know it, the Tigers tied it again at 41-41 with 8:24 left in the game when Donavan Fields ran for his fourth touchdown of the night, a 25-yarder that had the homecoming crowd on its feet.
But the Dragons, who came back from an 0-10 season a year ago to shock all of high school football with a 6-1 start, had one more drive in them.
And when Corsicana shoved them back to the Nacogdoches 34 and a third-and-18 play, quarterback Bryce Matthews, who ran for four TDs and threw three touchdown passes, hit Tae Thomas over he middle for a 25-yard gain to keep the drive alive. It ended with a 9-yard TD pass from Matthews to Thomas that lifted Nacogdoches to a 48-41 lead with 5:43 left.
The Tigers stormed back one more time and drove to the Dragon 26, but on a fourth-and-12, Devontay Bell’s would-be touchdown pass to Martin in the left corner of the end zone was just a bit too long -- just out of Martin’s reach .
Bell had a remarkable game, running for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He gave Corsicana the spark it needed early in the second quarter when he took off for a 40-yard run to the Nacogdoches 19 to set up Fields’ first TD of the night, a 2-yard payday into the end zone with 10:20 left in the half that seemed to serve notice.
The Dragons (6-1 and now 2-0 in District 16-4A) scored three quick TDs in the first quarter to go up 21-0 and it looked like it might be a rout.
But Corsicana, even without its sensational tailback Tray Owens, who is out with an ankle injury, knows how to move the football. The Tigers have been moving the ball and scoring all season.
They kept moving on Friday. Bell raced for an 11-yard run and then Fields scored on a 13-yard dash to tie it at 21 with 1:26 left in the half.
But Matthews, who completed 11 of 18 passes for 155 yards in the first half, hit Red Watson for a 31-yarder and then found Watson for 11 more to the 5-yard line, and then carried the ball twice, scoring on a 1-yard run with 0:08 left in the half to break the tie.
The Tigers were less than a yard short on a fourth-and-1 play at the Dragon 27 on their first series in the second half, and Matthews answered with a 53-yard TD run. Cana came back again, driving 65 yards in 11 pays and closed to 34-27 on Fields’ 3-yard TD run. Matthews ran for a 10-yard touchdown and Bell answered with an 18-yard TD run of his own and the two teams went to the fourth with Nacogdoches hanging to a 41-34 lead.
It stayed that way until Fields scored with 8:24 left, but Matthews had an answer, and when Corsicana came back again, but the ball slipped just past Martin -- just that close.
Oh so close.
CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win
Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.
GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College
She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
“I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.
CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region
Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0
Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day
From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.
GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0
For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.
GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)
Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.
CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1
In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.
GC Baseball: Kerens closing in on first district title since 1977
Step by step, inch by inch …
That's how the Kerens baseball team got here, right here on the threshold of what could be the program's best season since 1977.
GC Track & Field Roundup: Kerens girls win district
The Kerens girls ran away with the District 18-1A track & field meet at Cayuga, scoring 134 points to beat Dawson (108), Cayuga (101), Cross Roads (93), Hubbard (91), LaPoyner (42) and Wortham (16).
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