Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 2, 2013

GC Football: Previews for this week's football games

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Mildred

 at Rio Vista

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Eagle Field

RECORDS: Mildred is 3-1, 1-0 in District 6-2A DII. Rio Vista is 1-3, 0-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Mildred: WR/LB Xavier Fuqua, WR/DL Rusty Knight, L Reagan Cloud, WR/CB Trent Cecil. Rio Vista: RB Dylan Nelson, QB/S Nick Russell, TE/LB Chase Hailey, L Evan Roper.

 UPDATE: Mildred won last year’s meeting at Asby Field, 56-7, and led 42-0 at the half ... Mildred is coming off a 40-19 win over Blooming Grove, while Rio Vista was shut out, 20-0, by a Millsap team that went 0-10 in 2012 ... Mildred is second in the Golden Circle in scoring offense (41.5 ppg.) and defense (16.3) ... with his second 5 TD game of the year last week, Draylon Sterling has 87 career TDs ... Fuqua and Cecil are two of four Eagles with at least 15 tackles and an INT this year ... Mildred has not lost a district game since a 33-7 loss to Lone Oak Nov. 5, 2010, a span of 15 games ... Rio Vista is averaging 18.3 points per game, and allowing 32.3 ... 52 of Rio Vista’s 73 points came in a 44-point win over Itasca ... Nelson ran for 106 yards in a 60-7 loss to Hubbard Sept. 14.

— Raymond Linex II


at Frost

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Joe Parum Field

RECORDS:Class 1A Perrin-Whitt is 3-1.  Class 1A Frost is 3-2.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Perrin-Whitt:  OL/DL Alfredo Cantero, OL/DL Jacob Rice, RB/DB Pepper Rasberry, RB/LB Spencer Nunley. Frost:  RB/DB Isiah Belcher, OL/DL Austin Stamper, ST/DB Ben Thorton, QB Zach Terry.  

UPDATE:  Last week both clubs lost their Homecoming game ... Perrin-Whitt lost to Santo 42-0 and Frost lost to McKinney Christian Academy 51-20 … the Pirates had surrendered only 19 points in their first three contests before allowing Santo runners to rush for 363 yards and 6 touchdowns … Frost beat Perrin-Whitt last year 27-21 …freshman RB/S sensation Kobe Hailey is out with a broken fibula … Belcher replaced Hailey during the first quarter last week and had 13 totes for 51 yards and a TD … Woody Woods ran for 171 yards and a touchdown … Stamper and Thorton, both freshman, have gained increased playing time on special teams and on defense … Terry has led the Bears to convert 47.9% of third down conversions, including three for touchdowns … Robert Worley is averaging 8.4 yards per carry (556 yards – 6 touchdowns).

— Dan Lunsford



 at Axtell

 7:30 p.m. Friday

  At Longhorn Stadium

RECORDS: 1A-Wortham 3-2, Class 1A-Axtell 3-2

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Axtell: RB Michael Milburn, FB Dylan Harlenson, OL J.D. King, OL Garrett Wilson, Wortham: L Steven Hutson, L Blake Hutson, RB Dalton Dunnahoe, QB Witty Busby, Rudy Miller

UPDATE: Wortham is coming off a thrilling win over Itasca at the Dog Pound, 27-24 last week ... Daniel Trantham caught a 5-yard pass from QB Witty Busby with 4:53 left in the game for the go-ahead score and the win to keep improving from his WR position ... senior QB Busby continued to pad his stats on the season with 233 yards on the ground and 4 total TD's ... the Wortham defense, led by defensive linemen Angus Worcester, looked great last week limiting Itasca to just 34 yards on the ground ... Axtell took a hard loss last week against Bremond by a score of 62-14 ... Axtell will run a Flex-Bone offense against the Bulldogs Friday night ... RB Milburn is back this year for Axtell, after posting 428 yards rushing and 5 TD's last year ... Axtell is riding a three-year playoff streak, the longest in school history ... the teams look evenly matched on paper ... This is the final non-district game for both teams.

— Joey Snowden


  Normangee at Dawson

7:30 p.m. Friday

 At Ed Mitchell Field

:Class 1A Normangee is 2-3. Class

1A Dawson is 0-5.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Dawson: WR/DB Jared Gray, WR/DB Robert Ruiz, TE/LB Cody Kennedy, OL/DL Brian Simmons. Normangee: QB Elijah Eastern, RB/LB Bryson Cornish, RB/DB Shane Conrad, WR Exavier Brooks.

UPDATE: Dawson will be entering this game after a tough 54-0 loss to Bosqueville in the previous week ... the Normangee Panthers are coming off of a tough loss to New Waverly with a final score of 38-24 ... Dawson’s last game against Bosqueville was littered with mistakes as the Bulldogs lost two fumbles and had too many other mistakes that led to Bosqueville’s picking up turnovers ... that will certainly be a focus point for the Bulldogs this week against Normangee ... another focal point for Dawson will be preventing the big play as the Bulldogs gave up 7 plays that were more than 20 yards ... the Bulldogs have basically been losing games in the first quarter, as in last week’s game when they gave up 32 points in the first quarter ... so coming out of the gate strong will be essential for the Bulldogs.


— Luke Dotson


Rice at

Blooming Grove

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Lion Stadium

:Rice is 1-3, 0-1 in District 6-2A DII. Blooming Grove is 2-2, 0-1.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Rice:  RB/DB Adan Payne, WR/DB Ty Faubion, OL/DL Trey Smiley, QB/LB Dylynn Anderson. Blooming Grove:  OL Eric Balderas, OL Dustin Raxter, RB Tyler Morris, QB Tyler Ellis.

UPDATE:  Both teams look to get back into the playoff chase after dropping their District 6-2A DII openers last week … in last year’s game, Blooming Grove used a big second quarter to defeat the Bulldogs, 41-21 … Raven Huffman and Chris Atchley both had 12 tackles last week, and Justin Smith added seven … Atchley led the Bulldogs on offense last week, finishing with 79 yards and a touchdown … defensively, the Rice defense is giving up 106 fewer yards per game than at this point last year … last week against Mildred, Tyler Ellis had 156 yards rushing, while Brandon Hayes had seven catches … Travis Whiteside is averaging over eight yards per carry and has scored four times for the Lions … defensively, the Lions are only giving up 258.8 yards per game and held Mildred to 15 yards rushing on 16 carries during the first half.

— Jim Pitts