By Chuck Williams
Corsicana Daily Sun
None of the games are meaningless. They all have their place in the recorded lines of books about the history of the program. Friday night’s game against Jacksonville has no bearing on the 16-4A race. That has been decided. Whitehouse, Tyler John Tyler, Nacogdoches and Lindale will represent 16-4A in a little over a week when they open up play against District 15-4A’s participants.
Nevertheless, Friday night’s game means something. Five years ago, a CHS squad traveled to Cleburne to finish out a season. The squad was 4-5 and the post season, like this season, was out of reach. That 2008 team got down early, but rose to the occasion and won the football game. Perhaps it set the tone for 2009. The year 2009 was a pivotal year leading up to the 2011 semi-final run. Just two years ago, the Tigers garnered more victories in one season than any other team in the modern era, save one, the 1982 state finalists.
That supposedly “meaningless” game in 2008 had some meaningful players that helped the next season’s squad go, not one, but two deep into the 2009 playoffs. Perhaps that 2008 win was a catalyst that started four consecutive trips to the 4A playoffs.
The Tigers ended the 2008 season that capped a three-year run of 15-16 and then went on a four-year run of 30-19 including playoff runs of two games, one game, five games and one game in the respective next four seasons.
It sounds a little goofy, but that 2008 squad got to do something that the next four didn’t get to do. Finish a season with a win.
If that 2008 game that had no bearing on the 2008 playoff race was one that was supposedly forgotten, then this column proves otherwise. Here it is five years later, the subject of a 500-word plus piece in the Corsicana Daily Sun Sports Section.
For the majority of the seniors, they have one more shot and then the pads are hung up and become subject matter for the future of stories “back in the day.” Why not go out with a win at the Tomato Bowl?
I know senior offensive lineman Chris Jones wants one more win. I know head coach Steve Hoffman and his staff want one more win before he gets his first opportunity to have a complete offseason. I know KAND play by play man Todd Wills wants to call one more win. I know a program with over 600 wins and the second most appearances in 4A playoffs in the history of Texas football wants one more win in 2013.
One more game. One more walk out of the tunnel. One more time to queue the band for the Tiger Fight Song. One more time to leave it all on the field.
And perhaps one more opportunity for your athletic feats to resonate long after your playing days are over. Could the end of 2013 spur 2014 and beyond to success? To be continued ...