The Waxahachie Indians were off to a great start last week against Corsicana and the offense looked like it was starting to click.
But of course the rain came and ruined the Indians’ performance. Waxahachie players were anxious sitting in the locker room waiting for an hour before the game was finally called.
“We all wanted to go back out there. We actually wanted to play in that kind of weather,” Waxahachie senior defensive lineman Timothy Crownover said. “We were winning and playing well. We made a few mistakes, but I think we fixed them. Everybody was doing their job and playing really well.”
Tim Crownover made seven tackles in just the quarter and a half of action to lead the defense that made several big plays.
“I was just working well on my block,” Crownover said. “We had been working on that the whole week. After watching the Midlothian game, we fixed a lot of mental mistakes. That’s what has been holding us back. Once we get rid of those we are going to be a very good team.”
Kenneth Washington had an interception, should have had two, broke up a third-down pass and made a couple of big tackles. Greg Anderson was all over the field on defense.
Even though the game didn’t count for anything, hopefully the players take the confidence they gained in this game and continue to grow.
That first district ball game is against the Mansfield Summit Jaguars and the team is ready.
“We’re excited about it. We’ve been working hard,” Crownover said. “I think it will pay off Friday.”
These two teams played a shoot out last year, but the Indians eventually pulled out 64-57. The Indians led 50-29 heading into the fourth quarter, but nearly choked up the lead.
“It was really close last year,” Crownover said. “If we can stop the run game, the game will be ours. We feel very good about this game.”
Neither team punted in the contest last year and they combined to rack up 1,133 yards of offense.
Waxahachie senior wide receiver Quinn Sargent had a monster game as he had four catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Isaiah Parrish scored on a 44-yard run and a four-yard catch.
While the Indians bring back a couple of important pieces from that game, the Jaguars don’t bring back any of their offensive threats. That could help explain the team’s winless season so far, but Summit has played three very difficult teams.
Against two 5A teams and a very good 4A team, Summit has allowed 39 points per game. The offense is only scoring 19 points per game. But don’t expect either team to take a 20-point lead in this year’s contest, unless the Indian offense plays like it did in the first half last week.
Jackson completed five of his seven passes for 92 yards and two scores. He connected with Parrish on a deep ball and used his mobility to extend the play on the 11-yard pass to Braden Henry. Smith has rushed 49 times this year for 387 yards and six touchdowns. Jackson is the only other Indian to be in double digits in rushing attempts.
The Indian offense is scoring 26.5 points per game while the defense is allowing 38.3 points per game.
Waxahachie (1-1) heads to Mansfield to take on Mansfield Summit (0-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be played at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium.