Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

September 4, 2013

GC Game of the Week: Centerville at Mildred

Mildred — What could go wrong seemingly did. Injuries. Turnovers. Infighting. A good old fashioned whooping.

Everything snowballed for Mildred, coach Billy Dan Chambliess said, in the Eagles’ 70-22 loss at Centerville last year. And it was the best thing for a team that had won 11 straight regular season games, and played in the semifinals a year ago and, perhaps, thought it was invincible.

“It helped us in the long run,” said Chambliess, who was the defensive coordinator a year ago when Centerville demolished the No. 9 Eagles, rolling up 513 yards of offense and scoring at least two touchdowns in every quarter.

“It made us find kids who could actually play,” Chambliess continued. “We went from playing 11-12 kids both ways to 17 starters. It made us change a little.”

Centerville was, and still is, a physical team. While the Tigers lost a lot of skilled players, all but the center is back on a line that paved the way to an 11-1 record and one-point, overtime loss in the third round of the playoffs. Centerville likes to pound you into submission with a rugged running game.

The Tigers don’t appear to be hurting in the backfield, despite Tulley Pickens (9-73, TD in a 55-0 win last week) being the only returning starter there. They rushed for 400 yards on 46 carries a week ago.

In some areas, the Tigers are better, coach Kyle Hardee said. In some, not so much. He knows this: his Tigers are not sneaking up on anyone this fall.

“Last year we felt like we had a good team,” Hardee said. “We were coming off a district championship, and we were still picked third in our district.

“Now, our kids have targets on their backs.”

Chambliess would just like to see the Eagles be prepared for the showdown.

Last year, Mildred played without a starter on the line, and lost another two during the game. Not that the Eagles really had anything going with them in the game. Draylon Sterling, who went on to rush for almost 2,000 yards, was held to 15 yards on 10 carries. The game got away from the Eagles early, and it was ugly throughout.

Both emotionally, and with the Xs and Os.

“They caught us in some formations, and would motion and put us out of alignment,” Chambliess said. “We didn’t adjust well. They motioned two or three times, and we didn’t move.”

After the wake-up call, Mildred bounced back and had the school’s finest season, getting to the state finals. Centerville, coming out of the tougher Region III, had to watch a team it beat by 48 play for a title.

“That didn’t bother us at all,” Hardee said.

Last year’s game was a chance for Centerville to gauge its program, he said. They matched up. Well.

Still, the game served the same purpose this year’s game will, Hardee said.

“Obviously, Mildred played it’s second game of the year,” Hardee said. “Fortunately, it’s still just the second game of the year (this year). We’re both just trying to improve and get better.

“Last year, things went our way. We’re not counting on that this year. We think it will be a battle.”

——————

Want to “Soundoff” on his column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

Text Only
Sports
  • 4-16-14NVSBMoerbe slides.jpg Navarro Softball: Bulldogs get ranked, split with Paris

    Minutes after Navarro split a doubleheader with Paris on Wednesday, Navarro softball Coach Jessica Karenke was told her Bulldogs had just been nationally ranked and are now No. 16 in the NJCAA national softball poll.
    She had no idea.
    And she didn't care.
    Karenke is worried about what happens on the diamond, and she had some concerns after Navarro made four errors in the second game that opened the door for Paris to pull off a 7-2 win after the Bulldogs and Ciara Luna controlled the first game with a 4-1 win.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • CallieDevinFCA.jpg GC: Mildred's O'Sullivan and Bland chosen to play in FCA All-Star games

    Mildred’s Devin O’Sullivan and Callie Bland have been selected to play in the FCA’s All-Star games on June 1.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg 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.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg 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.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0 (Adds Dawson-Hubbard baseball)

    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.

    April 15, 2014

  • 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.
       

    April 12, 2014

  • 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.
     

    April 11, 2014

  • 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.

    April 11, 2014

  • 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.
      

    April 11, 2014