This time there wasn’t a near miracle comeback against Red Oak.
The Tigers fell behind 34-0 to the Hawks in Friday’s Region II-4A DI Bi-district playoff game, just like they did back in September in the second game of the season. Corsicana roared back with 31 straight points and nearly won the game. This time the Tigers had no answer, falling to Red Oak 58-20 at Midlothian MISD All-Purpose Sports Complex.
Corsicana fell to 4-7 on the season. Red Oak (8-3) moves on to the area round of the playoffs.
The Hawks used a potent rushing attack led by Cameron Bausley, who had 188 yards. They used a stifling defense that kept Corsicana off the scoreboard until Bobby Wallace’s 12-yard touchdown catch with 1:57 left in the third quarter.
And believe or not, the game turned in the first six minutes of the first quarter.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Red Oak 1 where they faced a fourth-and-goal. Tygarius Sheffield hit the hole and appeared to have a touchdown but was tackled just short of the goal line by Red Oak safety Peyton Hendrix.
Red Oak flipped the momentum and the field on its first play inside the 1. Hawks receiver Travier Jackson was left uncovered at his own 10 and VanHove found him and the Red Oak receiver went 78 yards to the Tigers 23 with freshman cornerback Tray Owens making a touchdown-saving tackle.
VanHove later called his own name on a keeper and was hit at the Tigers 5. The ball popped out and the Tigers appeared to have a shot at a fumble recovery, but Red Oak tight end Cary Nichols pounced on the loose ball for a 7-0 lead with 5:43 left in the first quarter.
Red Oak kept coming after that as Hawks receivers kept getting open in the secondary. Tyler Scott ran down the seam and scored a 23-yard pass from VanHove for a 14-0 Red Oak lead with 3:02 left in the first quarter.
Cameron Bausley scored on the first play of the second quarter, scampering for a 21-yard touchdown run with 11:53 and the rout was on. VanHove finished up the half with two touchdown passes, one a 38-yard strike to Jackson and another on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Garrett.
The Tigers did drive inside the Red Oak 20 late in the first half, but a 33-yard field goal by Ryan Condley was blocked by Jeremiah Gaines.
The Tigers had one thing going for them when they hit the locker room at halftime, knowing they nearly rallied on Sept. 8. Trailing 34-0, they scored 31 points and had the ball on an onside kick. But the drive stalled on a fourth-down pass and Red Oak held on.
This time there was no holding on for Red Oak. Jeremiah Gaines, who riddled the Tigers in the first game, plunged in from 1-yard out to finish off a long drive as the Hawks went up 41-0. An 82-yard touchdown run by Bausley on Red Oak’s next possession put away any chance the Tigers could stage a rally.
Wallace did score on a pass from Rash late in the third quarter to make it 48-7. And Wallace later scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Ronnie Dexearux did the same to close out the scoring for the Tigers.
Corsicana finished with two 100-yard rushers as Devearux had 170 yards and Wallace added 101 yards.
But it wasn’t nearly enough for the Tigers to stay with a red-hot Red Oak team.
There was no near comeback this time.
This time there wasn’t a near miracle comeback against Red Oak.
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