Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 30, 2013

GC Football: Previews for this week's football games

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Oak Cliff Life

 at Mildred

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Asby Field

: Dallas Oak Cliff Life is 2-6, 2-3 in District 6-2A DII. Mildred is 6-2, 4-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB Gino Iglehart, L Nathaniel Reyes, LB Brandon Jackson, WR Justin Holden. Mildred: L Mario Villareal, L Keanu Fathal, WR/DB Tyler Morelock, L Clayton White.

 UPDATE: Mildred won last year’s meeting, 72-0 ... Mildred rallied to edge Rice last week, 14-13, while Life routed Millsap, 51-28, to remain alive in the hunt for a playoff spot ... both of Life’s wins have come in district play ... the Lions are averaging 19.0 points per game, allowing a district-worst 38.0 ... Mildred had 10 penalties in last week’s narrow win over Rice, but managed to cause five turnovers ... after averaging 5.7 PATs per game through the first six weeks, Mildred K Devin O’Sullivan has had two in the last two games, but needs only five to own the state record ... Villareal leads all DL with 46 tackles, and is second on the team with six tackles for loss ... DL Nic Stone has 42 tackles, eight for loss and a team-high four sacks ... Mildred is averaging 38.9 ppg., allowing 18.6.

— Raymond Linex II

Itasca at Kerens

7:30 p.m. Friday

At A.G. Godley Field

Itasca is 0-8, 0-3 in District 6-1A DI. Kerens is 4-4, 2-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Itasca: QB Brandon Farquhar, WR Jack Daniels, RB Wayne Arrellano, LB Todd Willis. Kerens: RB/DB Zack Duncan, RB/LB DeQualon Bivins, WR/DB Jeremy Gould, K/WR/LB Jovani Coronado. Kerens won last year’s meeting, 35-14 ... Itasca lost last week, 48-8, to Dallas Gateway, while Kerens rode a big second-half surge to outpace Cross Roads, 55-26 ... Farquhar had 224 total yards against Frost this year, and another 206 vs. Wortham ... the Wampus Cats have played only two teams with winning records this year, and two have logged their only wins against Itasca: Gateway last week, and Rio Vista (52-8) ... Itasca averages 10.9 ppg., and allows 43.4 ... Duncan is tied for second on the team with four TDs and is one of five Bobcats with at least 100 yards rushing this season ... a win would set up a shot at forcing a three-way tie for the district title for Kerens, which faces Italy (4-4, 3-0) next week ... the Bobcats average 35.1 ppg., allow 32.6.

— Raymond Linex II


at Hubbard

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Jaguar Field

RECORDS: Class 1A DII Dawson is 0-8, 0-2 in District 9-1A DII.   Class 1A Hubbard is 7-1, 2-0.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:Dawson: OL/DL Jeremy Grant, RB Dalton Long, LB Josh Boatright, Preston Driggars. Hubbard: OL Chris Reid, RB/LB Jordan Green, WR/DB Gage Morris, TE/LB Ty Graves.  UPDATE:Hubbard continued its march through District 9-1A with a 66-0 shutout over Wortham last week while Dawson suffered a 41-0 loss at Frost ... on paper, game appears to be a gross mismatch but the two teams, separated by just six miles of Highway 31, have always had an intense rivalry ... matchup features two squads at opposite ends of the scoring spectrum as Hubbard is averaging over 52 points per game while Dawson has scored 26 total points all season ... RB Dalton Long, a bright spot for the Bulldogs this season, picked up 131 yards rushing in the Dogs’ loss to Frost last week ... Jaguars were held to 210 yards of total offense at Wortham but defense and special teams responded with over 200 yards and three scores in punt and fumble returns ... Dawson doesn’t throw much but when QB Lane Dotson does air it out, he has capable receivers in Long, Ian Norwood, Jared Gray and Will Miller.

— Don A. Sims


Tolar at Rice

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bulldog Stadium

  Tolar is 6-2, 4-1 in District 6-2A DII. Rice is 3-5, 2-3.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:Tolar: QB/DB Corbin Wood, RB/LB Cory Solomon, OL/DL Alec Elder, WR/DB Rodie Brister.  Rice:  WR/DB Reece Whitt, RB/LB Chris Atchley, OL/DL Irving Briones, OL/LB Nathan Bowling.

UPDATE: Second meeting between the two schools, with Tolar, behind Cory Solomon’s 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns, winning last year … last week, Tolar defeated Blooming Grove, 50-10, while Rice dropped a heartbreaker to Mildred, 14-13 … over the last three weeks, the Rice defense has allowed only 91.7 rushing yards per game … Bulldog LB Raven Huffman eclipsed the 100 tackle mark last week with 10 against Mildred … with 748 yards, Chris Atchley leads the Bulldog ground attack … also pacing the Rice defense, Sergio Gonzalez has 6 tackles for losses on the season, and Reece Whitt added his second interception last week … Tolar scored 35 points in the second and third quarters last week to break open a close game … Corbin Wood and Cory Solomon combined for over 250 yards rushing against Blooming Grove … the Rattlers average 370 yards per game on offense … both Wood and Solomon are within 1000 yards passing and rushing respectively on the season.

— Jim Pitts


Blooming Grove

At Rio Vista

7:30 p.m. Friday

  At Eagle Field

Class 2A Blooming Grove is 4-4 and 2-3 in District 6-2A DII. Rio Vista is 1-7 and 0-5.

 PLAYERS TO WATCH:   Blooming Grove: QB Tyler Ellis, WR Daniel Camarillo, RB Travis Whiteside, RB Tyler Morris. Rio Vista: TE/LB Chase Hailey, QB Nick Russell, OL/DL Evan Roper, OL/DL Jacob Waits.

UPDATE: The Lions are coming off a tough 50-10 oss to Tolar on the road, and need a big bounce back game .. they will have a chance against a Rio Vista team that has won only one game all season and has been outscored, 295-133 .. The Lions need to finah strong to secure a playof spot and get kow they need wins over Rio Vista and Milsap (2-6, 1-4) to reach the playoffs as the fourth team in the district ... asses and rushed for 91 yards ... the Rattlers racked up 528 yards of offense in the rout ... The Lions have had a powerful offense for most of the year .. Tyler Morris (478 yards and a 7.2 yards per carry average) and Travis Whiteside (371 yards rushing and a 8.6 average) have combined to score nine TDs and lead the offense, which hopes to get back on track after facing the two best teams in the district in Scurry-Rosser and Tolar the last two weeks.

— Mike Phillips