RED OAK – —
The Tigers almost had a night to remember in Red Oak.
Trailing 34-0 in the third quarter, the Tigers roared back to pull within a field goal, but couldn’t pull off a miracle comeback as Red Oak held on for a 34-31 victory Friday night at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
The Tigers, who made it to the state semifinals last year, fell to 0-2 on the season.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” Tigers coach Phil Castles said. “We have to do better. We did better in the second half.”
After a sluggish second quarter that included a 27-point explosion by Red Oak, a determined Corsicana team stormed back after Red Oak made it 34-0 on Jeremiah Gaines’ 58-yard run for a touchdown with 9:30 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard with 5:48 left in the third quarter as Devontay Bell dove into the end zone from 6 yards out. Bell tossed a pass to Hunter Easley for the two-point conversion to make it 34-8 Red Oak.
The Tigers didn’t slow down. Bobby Wallace scored on a 3-yard run to make it 34-16 just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter. Then the Tigers got the big break they needed when safety Donovan Fields snuffed out a screen play and intercepted a pass by Red Oak’s Austin Van Hove and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Another two-point conversion, this one by Bell, cut the Hawks lead to 34-24 with 9:48 left in the game.
Corsicana kept on coming. They forced a Red Oak punt, and the Tigers drove inside Hawks territory to set up Fields on another big play. Fields took a handoff, made one cut and dashed 41 yards for a touchdown. The Tigers settled for an extra point by Ryan Condley, making it 34-31 Red Oak, still with 4:39 left in the game.
The Tigers appeared to make the final momentum play when Breyon Hill recovered an onside kick. Bell went eight yards to set up a third-and-one at the Red Oak 38. Corsicana then tried a sweep to the right, and Gaines, in for one of his few plays of the game on defense, beat a block and tackled Tygarius Sheffield for an eight-yard loss.
The Hawks then ran out the clock, driving down to the Tigers 16 before taking a knee to end the game.
Red Oak shredded the Tigers in the second quarter, scoring 27 points with Corsicana’s defense offering little resistance as the quarter wore on.
The Hawks recovered a muffed punt by Fields at the Tigers 37 and Red Oak took advantage to score the first points of the game. On third-and-11 at the Corsicana 17, Hawks quarterback Van Hove had plenty of time to hit a skinny post to Tyler Scott for a 17-yard touchdown reception and a 7-0 lead with 9:29 left in the first half.
The Tigers’ offense, which never got going on offense in the first half – Corsicana had 131 total yards in the first half – went three-and-out, and the Red Oak offense came right back and scored again. Gaines finished off the drive in dominating fashion, rumbling in from 7 yards out on first down for a 14-0 in the 5:37 left in the half.
The Tigers couldn’t stay with Red Oak for the rest of the half.
Gaines broke six tackles on a 37-yard TD run as the Hawks scored to make it 20-0 with 3:12 in the second quarter.
Corsicana had a golden opportunity to score late in the first half as the Tigers tried a halfback pass by backup quarterback Wallace. But his pass went in and out of the hands of Alonzo Gipson and the Tigers turned the ball back to Red Oak.
Red Oak looked to be trying to run out the clock, but backup tailback Devante Randles went 51 yards for a score with 23 seconds left in the first half for a 27-0 halftime lead.
Red Oak holds on for 34-31 victory
RED OAK – —
The Tigers almost had a night to remember in Red Oak.
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