Tiger D Stands Tall
The Tiger defense withstood the one man
wrecking crew from Jacksonville - Tee Canady - as the Tigers won in the
Tomato Bowl 15-9. For the second year in a row the Tigers went into
the Tomato Bowl and came out with a victory but this year it was a tough,
nail-biting contest that came down to the final seconds before Coach
Henigan's boys sealed the victory.
Early in the game things did not go well for the Tigers.
On the opening series the offense couldn't muster anything and had to punt.
Knowing that Jacksonville blocked a punt for a TD in a opening week win
against Sulphur Springs may have been in the back of Eric Gordon's head as
his punt made it only back to the line of scrimmage giving the Indians great
field position which they took advantage of when Eric Johnson ran in for the
opening score. After the Tigers failed to move the ball again the
Indians added a field goal to make the score 9-0 and it looked like Tiger
fans might be in for a long night.
In the second quarter though the offense finally came to
life as Gordon connected with Jon Bauer for a 40 yard touchdown pass to cut
the Indian lead to 9-7. That was the score heading into halftime.
In the second half the Tigers drove to the Indians 30 yard line where they
faced a fourth down and two yards to go. Coach Henigan not only
decided to go for it, he dug deep into his playbook and ran a double reverse
that then had Bauer throw to a wide open Rian Stubbs for the touchdown.
With the two point conversion the Tigers led 15-9 which would be the final
score of the game.
The Tigers did get a late scare before getting the
victory. A great punt return gave the Indians the ball inside Tiger
territory. Indians QB Tee Canady moved Jacksonville to the Tiger 30
and a 4th and 2 with 30 seconds left. The Indians went for the win and
great Tiger defense knocked the ball from WR Josh Johnson in the end zone to
cement the win for Corsicana.
The Tiger defense was incredible all night long and even
more so in the fourth quarter. They generated several opportunities
for the offense and kept Jacksonville from getting any momentum after their
early scores. Tomarrio Cleveland had two interceptions in the game and
the secondary as a whole did a tremendous job against a talented wide
receiver corps. The defensive line also had another great game getting
consistent pressure on the elusive Canady.