This one hurt.
Hurt way down deep, down were the sting stays. It’s the kind of hurt that doesn’t go away for a while.
And the only question left after Corsicana’s 51-22 loss to Tyler John Tyler Friday night is how long will it linger? How long will Corsicana’s near unstoppable Tigers have to live without Tray Owens?
Owens, the breath-taking sophomore tailback who breaks records almost as easily as he breaks tackles, limped off Earl Campbell Field at Trinity Mother Francis Rose Stadium after carrying the ball twice and never came back.
He has what is apparently an ankle injury and the Tigers just hope he heals in time to play next Friday against Nacogdoches. They’re playing district games now, the ones that count.
They have learned to count on Owens, who not only set a school record with 467 rushing yards in his last game, but had run for 823 in his last two games.
Earl Campbell never did that.
Ask the folks at Tyler how they would have felt to see the Tyler Rose leave the field, and maybe they will get the idea how fortunate their Lions were to play Corsicana without Owens.
TO (that’s what Owens goes by) is not Earl Campbell by any means, but he was the heart of Corsicana’s prolific offense that has looked formidable enough to start building some playoff hopes.
The Tigers can still build them, but this was a bitter loss on opening night in District 16-4A, where Corsicana had hoped to turn around a 1-3 season that has been soured by a defense that gets burned too often.
Even without Owens, the Tigers still ran the ball with power and confidence, and Donavan Fields stepped in and rushed for 209 yards and a TD. His 5-yard touchdown run with 2:08 left in the first quarter gave Corsicana a 14-0 lead. Fields, one of the best safeties in this part of Texas, set up his own TD with a 53-yard run to the Tyler 5, and scored on the next play.
It was that kind of bittersweet start for Corsicana. The Tigers couldn’t be stopped. They drove 80 yards in 11 plays and scored when quarterback Devontay Bell raced by Tyler for a 27-yard TD run, and then -- after a 76-yard punt that looked like it was going to bounce all the way to Louisiana -- they drove 97 yards in their second possession.
But both Bell and Fields played both ways against a big, fast and physical Tyler team that began the season ranked in the Top 10 in Texas, and whether it was fatigue or just a big night for the Lions, the results read the same in the box score.
Tyler gets the W. Corsicana gets the pain.
Tyler scored 44 points without stopping to take over, thanks to the arm and legs of quarterback Geovari McCollister, who ran for 105 yards and a touchdown and threw for 246 and two TDS.
McCollister completed 12 of 14 passes, including a 28-yard TD toss to nick Cain at the end of the third that gave Tyler a 37-14 lead, and a 37-yarder (on a fourth down play) to Jermy Wilson on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
The Lions scored 34 second points in the second half that was ignited by two big runs on their first two possessions. McCollister busted free for a 43-yard TD run on the third play of the second half, and then Reggie Gibson broke out with a 48-yard TD run on Tyler’s third play of its next possession as the Lions gave a whole new meaning to the term: “Three and Out.’’
Corsicana isn’t out of it, and has plenty of time to get into the playoffs and make a run.
But these Tigers run a lot better with a full backfield, and that means having T.O. back.
Super soph goes out with injury as Lions rally to victory
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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.
Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet
Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.
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.
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