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.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball
Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
Heck, they need all of them.
That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
One down, two to go.
“It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''
GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title
Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.
CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball
The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks
GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly
There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
But never from Connor.
He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.
GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet
The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.
Morgan:The new endangered species
Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.
GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup
Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second
GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road
Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.
CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams
That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.
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