The Tigers rebooted their season with a different look on offense on a night that the TV cameras shined in Corsicana.
But it was big plays by Waxahachie’s offense, especially in the second half, and a big game for the Indians’ special teams that carried the night as the Tigers’ fell 36-12 on Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers were right in the game at halftime, trailing 15-12 – and the Indians scored a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute of the first half. Waxahachie exploded for a 21-point second half.
The Indians scored on the first play of the second half as Treyvon Hughes broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and dashed 53 yards for a touchdown and a 22-12 lead.
Waxahachie scored again on its next possession, executing on a third-and-14 at the Tigers 26-yard line. Indians quarterback Jake Villarreal took a three-stop drop and fired it over the middle into the end zone to receiver Quinn Sargent for a 27-12 lead. The Tigers had the play defended, but Sargent went up and got the football.
“We cannot make mistakes,” Tigers coach Phil Castles said. “We had some plays stopped and didn’t get it done.”
The Tigers still had a chance to crawl back into the game in the fourth quarter, driving down to the Waxahachie 9-yard line with 9:38 left in the game. But Bobby Wallace couldn’t come down with another spectacular catch near the goal line, and the Tigers chances were basically dashed, even after forcing a third fumble on Waxahachie’s next possession.
The Tigers stayed with the Indians in the first half, playing inspired defense and making enough big plays on offense. But the Indians controlled field position with special teams, and the Tigers left two points off the scoreboard going for two-point conversions.
The Indians did score first as Hughes scored on a 22-yard run touchdown run breaking through the Tigers defense and avoided three tackles for a 7-0 lead.
Corsicana answered when Donovan Fields changed the momentum of the game on a third-and-15 draw play. He took the handoff from Zach Rash and rumbled 62 yards for a first down at the Waxahachie 18. Fields eventually put the Tigers on the scoreboard on the first play of the second quarter as he scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 7-6. The Tigers passed up on an extra point for the first of two times and got stuffed on the two-point conversion.
The Tigers took their first lead with 2:48 to go in the first half. Ronnie Devereaux had a 54-yard run to give the Tigers a first down at the Waxahachie 14. The Tigers then had a third-and-goal at the 8, and after Wallace dropped a sure touchdown on a slant, he came back to make a leaping catch on a fade route for a 12-7 lead. The Tigers again missed on the two-point conversion, going for it even after getting a five-yard illegal procedure penalty.
Waxahachie seized the momentum right before the half. After Ledarron Crawford stepped out of bounds when it looked like he had a chance to pick up the first down, the Indians still went for it on fourth-and-three at the Tiger 41. Sargent beat Tiger cornerback Alonzo Gipson, who fell down on the deep route for a 41-yard touchdown. Sargent’s two-point conversion run gave the Indians a 15-12 lead at halftime.
Fields had 91 yards at the half, but the Tigers went mainly with Devereaux. He had an inspiring effort, finishing with 148 yards on 14 carries. Zach Rash passed for 110 yards and Wallace and Alonzo Gipson showed the passing game has some life.
“Zach passed the ball well,” Castles said. “And Bobby and Gipson stepped up.”
The Tigers hope they can build on that effort as they get closer to the Oct. 12 district opener against John Tyler.
Waxahachie 36, Corsicana 12
Waxahachie 7 8 14 7 -- 36
Corsicana 0 12 0 0 – 12
W – Trayvon Hughes 22 run (Dylan McLain kick), 1:45
C – Donovan Fields 3 run (run failed), 11:19
C – Bobby Wallace 8 pass from Zach Rash (pass failed), 2:48
W – Quinn Sargent 41 pass from Jake Villarreal (Sargent run), :51
W – Treyvon Hughes 53 run (McLain kick), 11:46
W – Sargent 26 pass from Villarreal (McLain kick), 8:42
W – Ledarron Crawford 52 run (McLain kick), 4:56
First downs 25 23
Rush-yards 35-306 34-228
Passing yards 97 110
C-A-I 5-11-0 7-20-1
Fumbles-lost 3-3 0-0
Punts-avg. 3-45.0 6-36.6
Penalties-yards 10-65 9-55
Rushing – C: Ronnie Devereaux 13-148, Donovan Fields 16-104, Zach Rash 5-(-24). W: Ledarron Crawford 10-105, Treyvon Hughes 11-94, Criss Woods 8-71, Quinn Sargent 2-6, Jake Villarreal 3- (-2), Craig Renfro 1-(-4).
Passing – C: Rash 7-19-0-110, Wallace 0-1-0-0. W: Villarreal 5-11-0-97.
Receiving – C: Wallace 4-71, Alonzo Gipson 3-39. W: Sargent 3-78, Tracy Morrison 2-19.