The Wildcats Football Team got off to a good start and then held on to defeat Corsicana, 28-21 Friday night, November 6, in a Zone Game at Gerald Prim Stadium on Senior Night.
The quick start was aided by two Tigers’ lost fumbles. Corsicana fumbled returning the game’s opening kickoff and the Wildcats recovered the ball at the Tigers’ 13-yard line. Wildcats quarterback Kaden Wallace 1 yard TD run completed the 13 yard scoring drive. With Josh Tavera’s successful extra point kick, the Wildcats led 7-0 with just 21 seconds of the first quarter used up.
On the Tigers first offensive drive, they fumbled again trying to convert a fourth and one play and the Wildcats recovered. The Wildcats drove 46 yards for their second score. Back Caden Davis had a 3 yard touchdown run. Tavera’s kick was good again and the Wildcats were up 14-0 with 3:28 left in the first quarter.
Later, after the Wildcats forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs, the Wildcats scored a third time on a long run. Quarterback Wallace ran around the corner and went down the left sideline for a 58-yard score. Tavera’s extra point kick made it 21-0 with 11:07 left in the second quarter.
The Wildcats missed an opportunity to increase the score later in the second quarter. The Wildcats turned the ball over on downs at the Tigers’ 17 yard line. The Corsicana stop led to the Tigers first scoring drive, which covered 83 yards. Tigers quarterback Solomon James, playing his first game since October 2 due to an injury, threw a TD pass to George Foster to trim the Wildcats led to 21-7 with just 2:09 left before halftime. The halftime score was Sulphur Springs 21 and Corsicana 7.
The Wildcats won the pregame coin toss and chose to defer their choice to the second half. The Wildcats quickly opened the third quarter with another long TD run. Davis ran through the Tigers for 68 yards and a score. Tavera tacked on the extra point and the Wildcats led 28-7 with 11:11 left in the third quarter.
Corsicana responded with a TD drive on their first possession of the third quarter. James tossed his second TD pass of the night, this one to Jabril Douglas, and the Tigers reduced the Wildcats lead to 28-14. A short time later, the Tigers got a deflected interception from defensive end Cam McFadden. That drive fizzled when the Wildcats defense forced Corsicana to turn the ball over on downs.
The Wildcats entered the fourth quarter up 28-14. Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers got into the end zone again. James teamed up with Foster for a second time and the Tigers were within 7 at 28-21 with 9:44 left. The Wildcats then shut the door on the Tigers and kept them from tying the score. On one Tigers’ drive, Corsicana attempted to draw the Wildcats’ defense off sides on a fourth down and four play but, ended up taking a five yard delay of game penalty when time expired on the play clock. The Tigers ended up punting. The Wildcats ran out the clock using some big first down runs from Davis.
The Wildcats are now 1-1 in zone play and 1-3 for the season. Corsicana is 0-2 in zone play and 2-5 for the season. Next Friday, the Wildcats conclude zone play at Greenville in a game with playoff implications.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Wildcats honored their 23 seniors as well as senior band members, drill team members, cheerleaders and student council members.