Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

September 11, 2013

GC FOOTBALL: Corsicana at Forney

Corsicana — This one means a little bit more to Devontay Bell — and the Corsicana Tigers.

It’ the kind of game that can give a whole new meaning to the term rebounding.

The Tigers face Forney Friday night on the road, and if it wasn’t enough for this team to point to this game as a possible turning point to the season, the game means even more to Bell, who suffered a torn ACL in last year’s win over Forney — an injury that ended his season.

“He’s excited about this game,’’ said Corsicana coach Steve Hoffman, who knows just how much beating Forney would mean to his quarterback. “We know it’s a big game for us and a big game for him because of what happened last year.’’

Hoffman’s a hands-on, players coach, so he sat down with Bell and talked about the emotions of playing against Forney.

“We sat down and talked one-on-one this week,’’ Hoffman said. “He’s a kid with a lot of pride. He wants to do well. We talked about it, and he wants to play well in this game. It means something to him — it means a little extra.’’

Bell’s comeback has been well documented as he has made strides, literally and figuratively, to get back to where he was a year ago. His speed has returned, and Hoffman said he expects Bell to get better and better as the season progresses.

Bell, an electric quarterback who is the catalyst of Corsicana’s offense, ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 49-21 loss to Red Oak. he  has run for 219 yards on 36 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and he’s completed 17 of 40 passes for 178 yards in two games. Both sets of numbers are expected to go up, and no one would rather have a big game against Forney than Bell.

“He’s done a great job,’’ Hoffman said. “He’s run the ball well, and he’s thrown the ball well. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do even though we have put a lot on his shoulders. He’s our go-to-guy and I think as the season progresses he’s going to get better and better.’’

The Tigers are still looking for their first win, and a victory on the road Friday could be a turning point in the season for a Corsicana team that has moved the ball well in both losses but has struggled on defense.

Hoffman has stressed better tackling and playing better overall, and his defense will have to find a way to stop a balanced Forney team that came back with 21 unanswered points in its opener to beat Royce City, 21-12, before getting hammered 45-13 by Lovejoy last week.

“They have a good running back and they have good size,’’ Hoffman said. “They have used two quarterbacks and both have done a good job for them. We’ve just got to play better and tackle better. We had a good week of practice and the kids are resilient. The kids have their heads up and are itching to get back on the field.’’

Tray Owens, who is called T.O. by his coaches and teammates, has taken some of the pressure off Bell. The sophomore tailback has had back-to-back 100-yard games and has rushed for 231 yards on 48 carries this season. And Donovan Fields has had two outstanding games at safety and has also run the ball well.

“T.O. has done a great job for us,’’ Hoffman said. “He played some football last year and has some experience. We’ve got players like Donovan Fields, who has done a good job, players who have experience. Our experienced players have played well, and the ones without experience are starting to figure it out. They’re coming along and getting better.’’

Nothing would help more than a win.

“It would mean a lot,’’ said Hoffman, who took over the program in April. “It would be great. Every game is a big game for us. We’re going down there to fight tooth and nail to get a win. We need to start winning some games.’’

Text Only
Sports
  • Area schedule for the week

    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.

    April 18, 2014

  • BG baseball GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball

    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.''

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title

    Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.

    April 18, 2014

  • CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball

    The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks

    April 18, 2014

  • GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly

    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

    The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.

    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

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    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