Anthony Young

Daily Sun File photo/Ron  Farmer

Corsicana sophomore Anthony Young, seen here in an earlier game, led the Tigers with 59 yards on nine carries on a night when the Tigers couldn'tfind much running room in a 27-0 loss to Royse City.

It’s time to start paying attention to the District 8-5A DII standings, where three teams have emerged in a logjam at the top of the nine-team district.

The Tigers are right there, locked in a tie with Ennis at 3-0, and Royce City is in the mix with a 2-0 record after sitting out the first week of district play with a bye.

Check those standings in two weeks to find out where the teams stand because over the next two weeks Royse City plays at Ennis Friday night, and then plays host to the Tigers the following week.

Royse City had one of the top defenses in the district last year and went 5-3, and the Bulldogs, who are undefeated at 4-0 this year, have district title hopes.

They have predistrict wins over Frisco Centennial (28-7) and Garland (37-14) and they’ve beaten Sulphur Springs (36-9) and took care of Forney (34-7) last week.

They’re two games against Ennis and the Tigers over the next two weeks go a long way in defining the district race.

The Tigers are at home Friday night against Terrell, a team that has struggled and is 1-2 in the district race and 1-4 for the season.

Terrell suffered its most one-sided loss last week at Ennis, where the Lions took care of business with a 37-0 victory.

The Tigers don’t face Ennis until the 10th week of the season, which is the final week for Corsicana, which for the second year in a row has to play a 10-game schedule without a bye week.

Folks in Navarro and Ellis County are all ready talking about that game, but the Tigers and Lions have a long way to get to that Nov. 1 showdown at Tiger Stadium. That’s why the next two weeks will be more than interesting in the district — and all important to Royse City.

The Tigers are coming off an emotional 27-24 win over North Forney, which might be the third best team in the district behind the Tigers and Ennis.

North Forney is one of four teams with one win in the district race, but the Falcons (1-2) have lost to Corsicana and Ennis, and they could very well run the table to finish 6-2 in the district race.

Greenville (1-1), Forney (1-2) and Terrell all have one win and Sulphur Springs and Kaufman are both winless at 0-2.

The top four teams advance to the playoffs, and that’s another reason the next two weeks for Royse City are vital — and play a big role in the logjam at the top of the district standings.

Corsicana’s thrilling win over North Forney last week in which Solomon James had to throw two TD passes to Drew Denbow in the final minute (the first one was wiped out by a penalty) could lift the young Tigers to new heights.

That’s the plan and Terrell will have to play its best game of the year against a Hal Wasson team that has improved every week, and has made great strides since spring drills.

It may be a little early to talk about the race for the district title and who’s who in the 8-5A DII race, but the reality is there are just four games left for the Tigers, and that makes the next two even more significant.

By the end of those two weeks it should be clear just how significant — or insignificant — this Corsicana-Ennis-Forney triangle really is.

Stay tuned ...

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