Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 11, 2013

CHS Point After: Time to hand out the post-season Chuckies

Corsicana — We bid adieu to the 2013 Tiger football campaign at Jacksonville’s Tomato Bowl on Friday night, and, per the usual, I offer you my year end summary and unofficial awards.

Speaking of the Tomato Bowl, it was my favorite place to play a visiting game all year. The place has personality, history and that intangible thing that exacerbates the thing we know to be Texas High School Football.

Tiger Defensive MVP is Donavan Fields. If Fields were afforded the luxury of focusing solely on his defensive duties he would have received many more official accolades.

Offensive MVP is the offensive line. Fields, Devontay Bell and Tray Owens all grabbed headlines and all deservedly so, but you have to give the big boys up front some credit. Fellas, here it is.

Team MVP is Devontay Bell. Bell returned from a Week 3 injury in 2012, and started every game at quarterback. His 28 starts as a varsity quarterback for the Tiger program are unmatched in the modern era. His season-ending 380 yards rushing on the ground were the most ever by a Tiger quarterback in a single game and he is the all-time leading quarterback in the rushing yardage category for the modern era.

Wow moment of the season. Tray Owens setting the single game rushing record with 460+ yards versus Sulphur Springs. The wow II moment was the Tigers scoring 65 but losing by 12 points.

Answer: Nov. 9.  Question: When did first-year Tiger head coach Steve Hoffman begin the offseason in preparation for 2014. Hoffman had little time coming in late April to get his program off the ground. That changes in 2014.

Favorite moment of the season. Getting to talk to the players for the CHS 1963 and GW Jackson 1968 state football championship teams at the Tigers Homecoming contest against Nacogdoches.

Did you know? Seventh grade quarterback Blake Hoffman (head coach’s son) can throw a regulation high school football 50 yards in the air.

Sub of the year: CHS athletic director Billy Harlan subbing on KAND broadcast with Rusty Hitt and me. Great job Billy in filling in for Todd Wills while he had Texas Rangers duty.

KAND Radio Call of the Year: Wills calling wideout Lakeem Christmas’ touchdown run. You saw the call coming a mile away but Wills still delivered and made it funny.

Well I never ... have been a part of a game that was called due to lightning and never finished. I have been to two games that have been played over two separate days over the years and the Tigers, like the game against Waxahachie this season, were always ready to finish what they started. Two out of the three games the other team agreed to finish.

What could have been … had the Tigers defeated Lindale in Week 8, they would have had the opportunity to meet Ennis in the first round of the playoffs. Oh what a fun week this coulda’ been! Ennis folk had already called prior to Week 8 chomping at the bit to get revenge. The last two times the clubs met, ’Cana throttled their neighbor to the North.

What could have been will turn into what is in nine months. Until then, we will see you next year ...

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    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.

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    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.''

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    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.

    April 18, 2014

  • Frost Lady Polar Bears Area Champions.jpg GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet

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    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • RON MORGAN.jpg 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.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

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    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.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo