What a difference a week makes for the Corsicana Tigers.
The Tigers are on a winning streak. They’re in third place in district. They’re coming off their best defensive effort of the season.
And it’s Lindale that comes into Friday’s 16-4A game with big injury problems and a six-game losing streak since a season-opening win over Tyler Chapel Hill.
Should make for a nice homecoming game for the Tigers?
Yeah, hold on a second.
The Tigers (2-5, 1-1) still have a lot to prove in what is now a three-game season to make the playoffs. Lindale (1-6, 0-2) pretty much has to win Friday night at Tiger Stadium to control its own destiny to make the playoffs.
“This is their season,” Tigers coach Phil Castles said.
Like it was last week for Corsicana, which had to have a feel-good win on the road in Nacogdoches. The Tigers got it, stinging the winless Dragons with a 28-7 thumping in the Pineywoods.
It put the Tigers on the right course, something Lindale desperately needs now. Don’t forget that Lindale has lost to Tyler John Tyler and Whitehouse, which at this point in the season stand alone as the best two teams in 16-4A with 2-0 district records.
“It’s a big game,” Lindale coach Mike Meador said. “Right now we’re trying to figure out some identity. We’re overcoming injuries.”
Tell me you don’t know this story.
Lindale has lost its starting quarterback for this season, not to mention its top two tailbacks.
Corsicana knows the feeling with quarterback Devontay Bell having his ACL surgery last week (it was successful) and tailbacks Donovan Fields, Tygarius Sheffield and Ronnie Devereaux all missing time because of injuries.
Sheffield and Fields were both at full strength against Nacogdoches, combining to rush for 224 yards. The Tigers’ offensive line again played a strong game.
“We just keeping on doing a good job up front,” Castles said. “And our backs are running hard.”
Lindale has had to transform its offense behind two sophomore running backs, Delenis Garrett and Aaron Jackson. Both should be playing on the junior varsity, Meador said, but injuries forced them onto varsity. Garrett did rush for 127 yards against Whitehouse.
Cody Slice has taken over at quarterback for Josiah Johnson and had two touchdown runs in a 56-24 loss to Whitehouse.
“He’s done OK,” Meador said. “He went into the year as the backup. He works hard. He lacks confidence in himself.”
Lindale, which relies on 10 sophomores, does have three senior linebackers to lean on in Tyler Daniels, Lane Walters and Lance Kane.
Corsicana’s defense comes off of a dominant effort. The Tigers didn’t allow a score and had a goal line stand. They forced five turnovers.
Linebacker Cedric Weaver and freshman cornerback Tray Owens had spectacular games to set the tone for the entire Corsicana defense, which impressed the Lindale coaches.
“They did a good job,” Meador said of the Corsicana defense against Nacogdoches. “They played more aggressive.”
How will that translate into this game?
It’s a new week, both coaches agreed, and in a six-game district, every game seems to be magnified.
“If you win the right games you have a great shot,” Meador said.
Tigers have to keep winning to make playoffs
What a difference a week makes for the Corsicana Tigers.
GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1
This was easy.
Almost too easy.
It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.
GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3
It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
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.
- More Sports Headlines
- GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1