The Wildcats’ football team has a battle for first place in district Friday (October 19) night at Gerald Prim Stadium as they host Corsicana. The Tigers are 5-0 in district play and 6-1 overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 in district play and 5-0 overall. Corsicana’s coach is Steve Hoffman, in his sixth year as Tigers’ head coach.
The Tigers only loss was in week one to Burleson Centennial, 28-26. Coach Hoffman said his team just came up a little short against a triple option team. He said he was proud of his team this season as they have done a good job and have played hard.
Coach Hoffman said his defense has improved each week while the offense has been explosive for most of the season.
The Tigers do it all quarterback is Coach Hoffman’s son Blake. Coach Hoffman said Blake is a tough kid who plays hard and is smart. He said Blake is helped by two good running backs who have gained around 500 yards apiece. Coach Hoffman said the offensive line has also played pretty well and he added they have receivers who have done a good job. He called Corsicana’s offensive success a group effort. He added their plan is to get the ball to a lot of different people.
The Tigers defense has kept three district teams from scoring. Coach Hoffman said the two Greenville touchdowns occurred on a kickoff return and a fumble return. They too did not score on the Tigers defense. He said the Tigers’ leaders on defense are middle linebacker Tyler Farmer and defensive end Melvin Martin, a three year starter and All-State selection.
Coach Hoffman is impressed by Sulphur Springs. He said they play extremely hard and are well coached. Coach Hoffman mentioned the offensive line and running backs and then said they have everything. He said the Wildcats’ defense plays hard and makes very few mistakes. Coach Hoffman said he also likes the Wildcats kicking game.
He said the battle for first place is exactly what you want as a coach. Coach Hoffman said coaching in football tradition rich Corsicana has been a great experience.