Jacksonville at Corsicana
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Tiger Stadium
Radio: KAND-AM 1340
RECORDS: Class 4A Jacksonville is 4-5, 2-2 in District 16-4A. Corsicana is 3-6, 2-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Corsicana: RB Tygarius Sheffield, WR Ashton Newsome, OL Dean Fletes, LB Cedric Weaver, K Ryan Condley. Jacksonville: QB Carter McCown, QB/WR D.D. Franklin, RB Ladarrius Session, CB Lakendrick Anderson, CB Chris Cross.
UPDATE: The Tigers and Indians will play for the first time since 2009, when Jacksonville won at home in the Tomato Bowl, 28-17, as Corsicana got off to an 0-2 start under first-year coach Phil Castles ... the Tigers turned things around, went 6-6 for the season and started a run of four straight playoff seasons including this year ... the Tigers lead the all-time series against Jacksonville going back to 1970, 19-5-1 ... Jacksonville has a first-year coach, Chris Taber, who spent the three previous seasons as the offensive coordinator at Chapel Hill, ironically the school where Castles was when hired by Corsicana in 2009 (they did not coach together at Chapel Hill together) ... Corsicana comes in off a 54-28 loss to Whitehouse ... the Tigers rushed for 374 yards ... QB Zach Rash has passed for 514 yards and nine TDs ... the Tigers are allowing 35 points and 366.9 yards per game ... Weaver leads the Tigers with 85 tackles ... DE Jarrett Hall has nine tackles for a loss ... FS Tenery Walker has two interceptions ... Jacksonville comes in off a 27-23 win over Lindale in which the Indians had to rally twice and then make two key interceptions at the end of the game, clinching a playoff spot ... TE Cory Holman had a career game against Lindale with five catches for 99 yards and two TDs ... Franklin made his fifth straight start at quarterback last week after starting the season at receiver ... he has 1,903 yards rushing, passing and receiving to account for 60 percent of the Indians’ offense ... last week was the first time Jacksonville didn’t have a turnover and the Indians forced five takeaways ... the Indians are 0-4 when they lose the turnover battle ... Jacksonville allowed its fourth safety of the season last week ... the Indians racked up 17 penalties for 144 yards, both season highs ... they have averaged 12.5 penalties per game in four 16-4A games.
— Todd Wills