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
This one hurt.
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.
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.''
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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