The Tigers’ passing game is a work in progress.
Quarterback Devontay Bell has a new set of receivers, and so far through two games — both losses — the Tigers haven’t connected very much.
It’s something they need to improve on, starting with Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium against Forney (7:30 p.m., KAND-AM 1340).
“We’re struggling,” Castles said. “Last year we had a tight end we could throw to (Chris Edling). We had (Christian) Hines.”
Tigers offensive coordinator Randy Smith has called a lot of the same pass plays that worked last year, including routes that were golden. It just hasn’t clicked yet.
Bell, in his second year as a starter, has completed 10 of 36 passes for 111 yards. That’s less than a 30 percent completion percentage. Last season Bell completed 52.6 percent of his passes (113 for 215) for 1,411 yards and 14 TDs.
Bell has hooked up on one deep ball, a 44-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Wallace.
“It’s something we’re working on,” Bell said. “It takes time. People were saying the same thing last year and we got criticized. And look how it turned out.”
The Tigers don’t need the passing game to win — Bell’s running and the improvement of the tailbacks should help Corsicana improve weekly on offense. But the Tigers do need to be able to complete a few passes, especially on fourth-and-nine needing a first down to keep a drive alive late.
The Tigers had that situation last week, trailing 34-31 to Red Oak with momentum on their side after scoring 31 unanswered points. Bell’s pass fell short of an intended receiver who ran the wrong route.
“It’s something we need to get used to,” Bell said. “Everything is fixable.”
Bell, receivers try to get on same page as first home game looms
The Tigers’ passing game is a work in progress.
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