Written by Ryan Jones
Corsicana rolls over Frisco Centennial, 52-31, in regional semis
MIDLOTHIAN — Holding a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter and facing fourth down near midfield, Corsicana opted to line up under center and run a quarterback sneak. It seemed strange, considering it needed 7 yards for the first down.
It got 8.
It was that sort of night offensively for Corsicana (12-1), which rolled past Frisco Centennial (12-1) in a 4A Division II regional playoff game, 52-31. Corsicana will play Kilgore on Friday at Forney.
The Tigers rode 214 yards and four touchdowns from running back Cameron Washington, who broke Corsicana’s season rushing record in the process. The record was set in 1994 by Ketric Sanford, who was in attendance.
“It means a lot, especially when the record setter was here today with me,” Washington said.
Both teams swapped haymakers throughout the first half, with the lead changing hands five times. Corsicana held a 30-24 advantage at the break.
After a touchdown and a two-point conversion early in the third gave the Tigers a 14-point cushion, Centennial had a chance to get back into the game when it converted on a fourth-and-1 from its 49.
But a Corsicana defense that stiffened in the second half wasn’t having it. Three plays and minus-2 yards later, Centennial was forced to punt.
“They came up with some big plays and some huge stops,” Corsicana coach Phil Castles said. “When our defense can get them off the field and we can get our offense back out there, that’s always a good thing.”
The Tigers followed with a drive capped by DeVontay Bell’s 30-yard strike to Dominic Kelly, sealing the win.