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.’’
This one means a little bit more to Devontay Bell — and the Corsicana Tigers.
GC Bi-District Softball: Mildred rips Trinity 10-1
This was easy.
Almost too easy.
It's going to get tougher on the road in the playoffs, and maybe that's why Mildred's 10-1 romp over Trinity in the opening game of the three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district round of the playoffs felt so good to the Lady Eagles.
GC Softball Bi-District roundup: BG beats New Waverly 3-2; Hubbard downs Itasca 5-3
It didn't end until Mariah Horner squeezed her glove and hauled in the final out of the game in right field on Thursday night in Madisonville, where Horner and the Blooming Grove Lady Lions hung on to beat New Waverly 3-2 in the opening games of a three-game series in the Class 2A bi-district playoffs.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
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