Written by Matt Wixon
Wixon: RB's 255 yards help Corsicana step past Poteet, 29-13
Cameron Washington rushes for 255 yards, 3 scores to carry Corsicana to victory
CORSICANA — Cameron Washington broke one tackle, then another, then another. Corsicana’s senior running back did it time and time again Friday night.
And now, perhaps, Corsicana’s time has come. In a 29-13 victory over Mesquite Poteet at Tiger Stadium, Corsicana looked like a team that could bring back what the program has been lacking in recent years.
“The tradition,” Washington said with a smile.
And the dominance. Corsicana (6-0, 4-0 in District 15-4A) was certainly dominant at times as it took down Poteet (5-1, 3-1) for the second straight season. It started with a big push from the offensive line and the nifty running of Washington, who rushed 35 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s just a great kid, and the kids on the team just love him,” Corsicana coach Phil Castles said. “He’s the heartbeat of our team.”
He’s the heartbeat, and for Poteet, he was the heartbreaker. Corsicana, which is No. 3 in SportsDay’s Class 4A area rankings, could always get the tough yards from Washington, a 6-foot, 190-pound workhorse who is averaging more than 200 yards rushing per game.
And when you think Washington is stopped, he might not be. The best example came on one of the game’s most critical plays, with Corsicana leading 23-13 midway through the fourth quarter and facing a third-and-7 at the Poteet 33-yard line.
Washington ran right and was met by a Poteet defender near the line of scrimmage. Washington bounced to the right, then pulled out of a leg tackle to get the first down, and then sprinted to the right sideline and beat more Poteet defenders to the goal line.
That wrapped it up for Corsicana, which was one of the state’s top programs for several decades until it took a step back early in the new millennium. Corsicana has only won one playoff game in the last five seasons, but on Friday the Tigers looked as if they’ll be tough to knock out this year.
Not just because of Washington, either. Corsicana’s defense held Poteet, which was averaging nearly 47 points per game, to a pair of touchdowns and 302 yards of total offense. The defense needed to step up after Poteet trimmed Corsicana’s lead to 15-13 on Steven Hicks’ 1-yard touchdown run with 3:45 left in the third quarter.
Corsicana extended its lead to 23-13 with a 12-play touchdown drive that was kept alive by a pass-interference penalty on third and long. Corsicana’s defense stuffed Poteet on its next possession, which set up the game-clinching drive.
That drive started with a Washington burst up the middle for 11 yards and ended with his terrific 33-yard run to the end zone. He had to work hard to make that touchdown happen, but he said that’s what his whole team has been doing since last season ended with a loss in the first round of the playoffs.
“Since Day One, we’ve been working hard,” he said. “I’m talking three-hour practices. I don’t think any team in the state works harder than us.”