The Tigers have survived numerous injuries and other player losses to make a fourth straight trip to the playoffs. Look no further than the offensive line as the No. 1 reason Corsicana will play Red Oak on Friday night.
And look no further than quick guard Floyd Shrestha as one of the main reasons why the Tigers average 278 rushing yards and have had five different 100-yard rushers this season.
Shrestha might not get the attention that center Chris Jones and Jeffery Jordan receive. He should. Shrestha pulls a lot at guard and takes care of the second level, getting up on linebackers which helps Tiger backs get into the secondary. He can play tackle, switching places with Dean Fletes and Donavon Hailey if needed.
“Floyd plays a lot of different places,” Tigers coach Phil Castles said. “All of those guys are interchangeable. They work together.”
Shrestha, a 5-9, 210-pound senior, has made 25 career starts. He's been a mainstay along with Jordan and Jones for two seasons now.
“Floyd is definitely a leader type of kid,” Castles said. “He’s a big part of this team.”
Here’s a look at an unsung hero from the other Golden Circle teams that will play bi-district games Thursday and Friday:
Emory McDougald, Blooming Grove
Emory McDougald didn’t have much time to grow into his starting position as a defensive tackle for the Lions.
But the 6-0, 185-pound sophomore was ready when needed, something that has to happen for every playoff team.
McDougald’s number was called when starter Jose Camarillo — making his 16th career start — went down with an injury on the opening kickoff of the Dallas Life game, Blooming Grove’s third district game. McDougald’s made four starts since, racking up 15 tackles, two tackles for a loss and two sacks.
“We had to throw him into the fire,” Lions coach Gary Grubbs said. “We honestly didn’t know if there would be a drop off or not. There hasn’t been one. He gets better and better as he gets more reps.”
Obviously McDougald isn’t a giant. But he makes up for it, Grubbs said.
“He’s very intelligent,” Grubbs said. “He does exactly what he’s coached to do and that’s why he’s had a lot of success.”