Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 1, 2013

ANALYSIS: Porous defense equates to poor season for Tigers football teams since 2001


Corsicana —


Scoreboard frenzy

  Odds are high the three most-porous defenses in CHS football history will hail from the last three seasons. A look at the five worst, in terms of points allowed per season:

Year (Record)    GS    PA    PPG.

2011 (13-2)          15    425    28.3

2012 (4-7)            11    398    36.2

2006 (5-6)            11    386    35.1

2013 (1-6)            7*    342    48.9

2009 (6-6)           12    338    28.2

*- 2 games left to play.

Source: Mike Montfort


There is no question scoring is up in high school football as teams have turned to no-huddle, attack-mode spread offenses. The 77-65 loss to Sulphur Springs this year ranks third all-time in 11-man Texas high school football for points scored. The No. 1 game included 12 overtimes. (No. 2 was a regulation game as well.)

In the three years in this decade, state title games among 4A and 5A schools have resulted in an average score of 35.3-21.1. That’s up from the last decade, where state championship games in the highest two classes averaged a 32.9-18.2 score.

Ironically, the scoring clip for the winning team was slightly up in the ’90s, at 33.1, but the defenses fared better that decade, allowing 15.0. Go back to the ’80s, when Texas crowned only one Class 5A and one Class 4A champ, and the average score in the 20 title games was 24.2-10.2.

In the ’80s, there were four shutouts among the 20 state championship games at the highest two levels. In the ’90s, where 5A went two divisions, and 4A joined it in 1996, there were four in 34 games.

In the 2000s, there were three, and two came in 2005, both at the 4A level, and the last season in which there has been a shutout at either level in a state finals game.

The Tigers have not logged a shutout since 2005, a year in which they posted three in a span of four weeks. In 2000, the Tigers posted five regular-season shutouts and gave up 118 points in 13 games.

Since 2000 ... Tiger defenses are responsible for 11 of the worst 14 scoring yield defenses in school history. Nine of those, including 2013, have .500 or worse records. In this era of two-division, four-teams per district playoff football, four of those nine teams have played in the playoffs, three of which ended with losing records.

If the Tigers give up 45 points combined in the last two games, the worst three scoring defenses all-time in school history will have come in the last three years. Only one team before 2003 will make the Top 10: the 1992 (5-5) team gave up 244 points in 10 games.

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