In a football season during the age of coronavirus, Corsicana Tigers Head Football Coach Hal Wasson is battling lots of injuries, coronavirus issues and lower than usual participation numbers for football. Coach Wasson, in his second season in Corsicana, says it’s been an unusual season to say the least. He says everything seems backwards. He says he is blessed with good kids in his program. Coach Wasson says he has had to rob freshmen and JV players to keep fielding his varsity team. He says his team has suffered a lot of soft tissue injuries after coming back from the period from March to early June when his athletes had to stay at home due to coronavirus concerns. He says some players reported back out of condition. He adds their routines have been disrupted. Coach Wasson says you just have to do the best you can. He says if things, such as injuries, are beyond your control, you just have to move on. He says he tries to stay positive. Coach Wasson says this football season has not gone they way he wanted it to. The Tigers are 2-4 this season. They started zone play last week with a 48-29 loss to Greenville. He says the young Tigers had a hard time with the speed of Greenville. Injured players include the Tigers’ best player, dynamic quarterback Solomon James, who was the district’s co-Newcomer of the Year last season. Coach Wasson says James got nicked up three or four games ago. He says he is also on about his fifth running back. He says the good news is that none of the injuries are career-ending. Without James, the Tigers have become one-dimensional, and strongly feature the running attack. Coach Wasson says against Greenville, the Tigers averaged about 7 yards per play and nearly 400 yards rushing. And that was with the Lions knowing that the run was coming. Coach Wasson says his offensive line is doing a nice job. A standout on defense for Corsicana has been junior inside linebacker Jesus Mendoza, who played some last season. Coach Wasson says he has some young guys in the secondary. Looking at tape, Coach Wasson finds similarities between the Tigers and the Sulphur Springs Wildcats. He says both teams have impressive stretches that can suddenly go into inconsistency. He says the most consistent team will come out on top Friday at Prim Stadium. Wasson is a native of Kerens, located just a few miles outside Corsicana. Wasson has coached all over Texas. He spent 11 years at Southlake Carroll, where his team won a state championship in 2011.
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