Preview 2004:  Non-District Opponents

The Tigers have traditionally had a difficult non-district schedule and this is year is no different.  Coach Henigan will have five tough tests to get the team ready for district and this is a short look at each game.

August 27th, Arlington Bowie - The Volunteers are a 5A team that missed the playoffs last year but have some dangerous talent on their team led by one of the top underclassmen in the country, QB Sherrod Harris.  Harris is already being sought after by the top colleges in the country and will certainly be a tough test to the open the season against.  RB Janarius Hall is a top junior runner to complement Harris in their offense.  Defensively LB Anthony Hardrick is the leading returning tackler and Verneil Moore and Aaron Carr are two Division 1 prospects in the secondary. 

September 3, Jacksonville - The Indians will be no surprise to the Tigers as this will mark another in a long rivalry.  Jacksonville went 0-5 in non-district last year under new coach Randy Copeland but he had them pointed in the right direction as they turned around and went undefeated in district play.  With a year of getting the program where he wants it, Copeland and the Indians is one of my dark horse teams for the year.  17 starters return from last year's team and are a veteran group that should be ready to play for the Week 1 game.  On offense Tiger fans should remember QB Trevalyn Canady who ran around and threw over the Tiger defense and almost led Jacksonville to a win.  The Indians also have a talented running back group led by FB Justin McGowan and a receiving corps led by Aaron Whitaker.  DE Gerald Singleton is the star of a veteran laden defense that also has three returning all-district performers in DT David Ford, LB Michael Gaither, and DB Lance Wallace.

September 10, Willis - Willis is a new opponent for the Tigers and will visit Corsicana in Week 2.  Coach Rick Cullum led the Wildcats to the playoffs in his first year and set a school record for offense.  Graduation took away the experience at the skill positions but the OL has three starters (C Will Boehm, G Brandon Jefferson, G Daniel Rogers) returning to make things easier.  The defense has five starters coming back.

September 17, Waxahachie - Waxahachie - Corsicana.  Not much more needs to be said about two teams that have played as many times as the Tigers and Indians.  In 2002, the Indians won both matchups, last year, the Tigers returned the favor.  RB Marquis Dansby will be fully recovered from an ankle injury he suffered prior to last season and Tiger fans should remember his explosive abilities.  Along with QB Bonham Hough who is another name Tiger fans should know.  Adding to that dangerous backfield is Jarmone Wofford who took over for Dansby last year and all he did was be an all-district back.  The Indians only return two starters on defense, but Coach Ream always has one of the toughest defenses in the state and this year should be no different.  This year will be a great matchup just like every year.

September 24, Waco University - Another team the Tigers will continue their rivalry with is the Trojans.  Eric Ransom graduated so he won't torment Corsicana fans anymore, but Coach Coleman's defense has 9 starters that return that only allowed 250 yards per game last year.  The Tigers have won the last two matchups in close thrillers and with the talent at the Trojans disposal, this year should be another great game.