Thank the receivers, say it’s the scheme, but in a short time at quarterback, Corsicana’s Bobby Scott is breaking records.

In his first season as a starter, Scott has the record for most passing yards in a game. On Friday night against Red Oak, Scott threw six touchdown passes, breaking the previous record of five set by Eric Gordon in 2004.

Considering Scott didn’t start the season as the No. 1 quarterback, having his name etched into the record books could be considered a surprise.

Although the statistics indicate Scott has seen action in 10 games this season, it’s more like eight. In the Tigers first two games, Scott played about half of each one, splitting time with Keith Leerskov. In Corsicana’s 50-48, overtime win over Ennis on Oct. 27, only a few pass plays were called due to the Tigers’ unstoppable running game.

So in “eight” games, Scott has 1,595 yards and four games of 200-plus yards passing.

So why has Scott been so successful?

Maybe it’s coach Dave Henigan’s pass-happy spread offense. Under Henigan, quarterbacks are constantly setting new program highs.

Before Henigan, Corsicana lived and died by the run. With Henigan, all three starting quarterbacks — Gordon (2004), Leerskov (2005) and Scott — hold almost every passing record in school history.

But the Tigers haven’t always stuck to a scheme.

The Tigers’ game against Ennis is a prime example of Henigan abandoning his bread and butter in favor of what works.

Some may point to the weapons in the Tigers offense including receiver Omarius Hines.

Hines has been the type of receiver that catches almost anything thrown in his direction. The junior receiver has 21 touchdowns this season.(and more stats).

Having receivers like Hines and Matt Watson has helped Scott go for 378 yards against Lancaster on Oct. 6 — the highest single-game total in Corsicana history, topping former quarterback Eric Gordon’s mark of 345 yards set in 2004.

Whatever Scott is doing, it’s working and with one game left, there are still a few more records to be broken.

Enter Sandman

In his first full game back from being declared ineligible, Chris Sanders recovered a crucial fumble in the first quarter.

Up 10-3, Sanders fell on a Nic Boyd-fumble, giving Corsicana the ball on Red Oak 29-yard line, setting up an eventual Scott 1-yard run for a touchdown.

For Sanders, making the play was good, but being back on the team — at home, in front of the Tiger fans — was even better.

“It feels good, It’s been a long time since I’ve played at home and I felt like I had something to prove,” Sanders said.

Sanders also made a tackle for a loss in a goal-line stand earlier in the game.

Did you know?

Many saw Watson shred the Red Oak defense as he led the Tigers Friday with 258 total yards — 72 rushing, 132 receiving and 54 from kickoff returns. Few would know that the senior is the only player to have at least one reception in every game this season.

This down’s the charm

If you were paying close attention or were working the chains, then you noticed the Tigers had some unusual success on third down Friday. Corsicana converted on 7-of-10 third-down conversions, with Scott’s help as his third-down passing attempts went for first downs six of the seven times. Of the Tigers’ 428 yards of offense, Corsicana had 182 yards on third down.

Put me in coach

Because of the sizable lead, a lot of players who don’t see a lot of time got some work before the playoff game. With the exception of a fumbled exchange, quarterback Ethan Bryant was impressive with his running ability. Even though he was sacked once, Bryant rushed five times for 35 yards.

Tiger playoff ticket information

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The Tigers playoff game against Waco High is scheduled for Friday, November 17 at Tiger Stadium with kickoff time set at 7:30 p.m.

For season ticketholders, tickets will go on sale Monday at noon until 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the season ticket holder does not purchase or pick up their ticket by Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., the ticket will be available for purchase to the general public. Those tickets will cost $8. Reserved parking passes will be honored at no additional charge.

For general presale tickets, an adult ticket will cost $7 and a student ticket will cost $4. Walk-up tickets will cost $8.

The above information was provided by Corsicana ISD Athletic Director Sam Thompson.

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