The Waxahachie football team proved last season that it could perform well under the brightest of lights.
In 2012, the Tribe went to Corsicana for a Thursday night televised game and tripled up their rival to get a 36-12 win.
The Tigers jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first half, but Quinn Sargent took over for the Indians and carried the team to the win. The Indians’ top receiver had three catches on the day, but did have 78 yards and two scores for the viewing audience.
He will try to recreate that television magic tonight when the Indians host Corsicana at 7 p.m. While tickets to the game are still available, if you can’t make it to the game it will be televised on KTXA 21 live.
Sargent has been slow to get going this season, but that has more to do with the play of inexperienced quarterbacks than his skills. Sargent has five catches for 52 yards, three Indian quarterbacks have combined to complete 13 passes for 161 yards.
While the Indians (1-1) offense will improve as Avery Jackson and Max McCulloch continue to gain experience, the Tigers have been a tough team to throw on this year as their opponents are averaging 102 passing yards a game against them. Corsicana (1-2) doesn’t pass much ether as it only throws for 80 yards a game.
The Tigers’ strength is in the run. LaMontra Owens is coming off a career day with 352 rushing yards and three scores in last week’s win at Forney. Most of that came on a pair of long scoring runs, 98 and 82 yards, both in the second half.
Corsicana runs for 325.7 yards per game and the Indian defense knows this and is gearing up to stop the run. One of the anchors of the Indian defense is sophomore linebacker Greg Anderson. He nearly blocked a punt last week against West Mesquite and expects his defense to be even better this week.
“Everybody gets excited on defense when you get a big hit or a big play,” Anderson said. “Everybody is excited on the defense getting ready to play Corsicana. There were a lot of big hits during the scrimmage today.”
The Indians had a short week to prepare for the Tigers, which can sometimes be a negative for a defense. But Anderson is confident the Tribe will be ready to play tonight.
“This is a rivalry game with Corsicana just up the street. We’re going to show the Tigers what we’re all about,” Anderson said. “They don’t think we have much, but we’re going to show them something different. All of us sophomores are stepping up.”
This team has nine sophomores on the roster and all have already stepped up in big ways. Kenneth Washington had an interception in the end zone last week and caught the two-point conversion pass. Kendrevous Bass has made a couple of big hits on defense. Ezekiel Derrough and Randon Haynes are a couple big bodies on the line. But the sophomore running back has been the talk of the team so far this year.
Trevon Smith has 315 rushing yards and five touchdowns through two games. He had four touchdowns and 205 rushing yards last week against West Mesquite. With his strong start paired with Corsicana’s explosive running game, look for this game to be won by whoever plays well in the trenches.
The Indians have to like their chances there with strong senior offensive linemen Patrick Lawrence, Adrian Zavala and Tanner Osmer. These three did a great job creating running lanes for the shifty Smith in last week’s explosive performance.
All of the players have a little extra motivation with this game being televised. None of them want to make a mistake that everyone in the metroplex may see. Plus the players are all going to record it and go back and watch themselves play.
“My whole family is excited about the TV aspect. They are going to come see me play, but we’re gong to put on a show for the TV,” Anderson said. “Everybody is on the same game plan. Practice is getting easier as we all are becoming more of a family and we want to show that.”
Look for the game plan to include both quarterbacks Avery Jackson and Max McCulloch getting repetitions at quarterback again. Waxahachie head football coach David Ream has always like the two-quarterback system and both bring something different to the game.
While neither of the two signal callers are easy to tackle when they start running, Jackson has game-changing speed. He broke off an 80-yard run last week that set up the last Waxahachie touchdown.
Corsicana has just one quarterback, but he also has game-changing speed. Senior DeVontay Bell has thrown for 240 yards and a touchdown this year and has also rushed for 314 yards and two scores. He wasn’t the quarterback when the two teams played last year so it will be interesting to see how the Tigers’ offense attacks the Indian defense.