Indians dominate all phases in 15-4A opener
By TOMMY BROWN/Daily Light Sports Editor
CORSICANA — Over the first four weeks of the season, Waxahachie had games where the defense led to the win and then there were games in which the offense was the catalyst to a win.
On Friday, the two — along with special teams - came together for the Indians’ most dominating victory of the season in a 38-7 win at Corsicana in the 15-4A opener for both teams.
“This was exactly what we were looking for,” head coach David Ream said. “Our theme this week was the perfect storm, where all phases of our game finally come together and that’s what happened tonight.”
Waxahachie’s offense picked up where it left off after last week’s 49-point effort against Texas High. The Indians’ defense on the other hand, had something to prove after surrendering 35 points last week.
Corsicana entered Friday’s game with one of the areas top offensive threats in Omarius Hines. The heavily recruited receiver finished with 55 total yards of offense and the Tigers’ only touchdown.
“We doubled No. 5 (Hines) and made them do stuff they hadn’t been doing,” linebacker Gary Mason said. “It was the perfect storm. Now we just need to take this momentum and continue to add to the storm each week.”
Waxahachie’s offense made the defense’s job easy in the first half as the Indians chewed up more than 18 minutes with two of their four first-half drives taking14 and 17 plays.
Corsicana ran 11 plays in the first half and four of those went for negative yards. The Tigers’ biggest play was a 12-yard run by quarterback Ethan Bryant on the next to last play of the first half.
“I think our defense really played better than I have seen them play all year,” Ream said. “We did a good job of holding them to 3-and-out drives, but they managed to put up some points in the second half.”
Waxahachie dictated the game from the very beginning as the Indians took the opening kickoff 72 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Detric Slaughter.
The longest plays of the drive were a 14-yard run by Sam Gagliano and a 14-yard pass from Boomer Collins to Roderick Jefferson.
After forcing Corsicana to punt after three plays on its first possession, the Indians marched 76 yards in 17 plays on a drive that took 8:57 off the clock. The drive culminated in a 29-yard field goal by Colton Dobbins that extended Waxahachie’s lead to 10-0.
Corsicana fumbled on its second possession and the Indians’ capitalized just two plays later on a 3-yard run by Slaughter with 3:57 to play in the first half.
The Indians’ third and final touchdown of the first half came on a 1-yard run by Slaughter with 22 seconds remaining until halftime as Waxahachie built a 24-0 lead.
Running back Dominique Carson was the Indians workhorse in the first half, carrying the ball 11 times for 83 yards. He added 43 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
“He’s always ran hard, but tonight he looked a little more determined than I’ve seen him in the past,” Ream said of the 5-4, 138-pound back. “I think he’s figured out what it takes at the varsity level.”
Waxahachie’s stingy defensive play carried over into the second half as the Indians forced a three-and-out on Corsicana’s first possession of the third quarter.
The offense took the ball and went 49 yards in just four plays to extend the Indians’ lead to 31-0. Collins scored the touchdown on a 20-yard run after slipping through a pair of tackles.
Corsicana got on the board in the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Hines, but Carson put the game away midway through the fourth quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run.
“The ball bounced our way a lot tonight and I feel very fortunate to getting out of here with a win against a good Corsicana team,” Ream said. “We had guys in the right position all night. Our defensive and offensive staffs did a great job of preparing our kids.”
For the first time this season, Waxahachie did not turn the ball over. Sidney Easley and Gagliano provided two turnovers for the Indians with Easley intercepting a pass and Gagliano recovering a fumble in the first half.
In five games, the Indians have lost the turnover battle just once — in the season opening loss to Highland Park.
"Both of the turnovers we forced set up touchdowns," Ream said. "I've been very pleased with the last four weeks. The last two years we've been really bad in turnover margin, but the balls seem to be bouncing our way this year. Hopefully it keeps doing that."