Tuesday night the WJHS eighth grade teams opened district play at Wilemon Field. The Green team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 20-8 victory over Corsicana, while the White team fell to 0-3 after being shutout 18-0.
The Warriors’ White team was dealt their third straight shutout loss Tuesday night. They were able to minimize the mistakes and turnovers, but have still have not conquered the goal line.
The Warrior defense held strong early with Nick Buckner and Emon Blakemore leading the defensive stand. It was Manny Martinez, who dropped the Tiger's quarterback for a 7-yard loss to force a punt on the next series. The Corsicana defense roared back to hold the Warriors to a three-and-out. On fourth down Bubba Itson's punt attempt was blocked and returned for a Tiger touchdown giving Corsicana a 6-0 first quarter lead.
It was a defensive stand off in the second quarter, with the Warriors getting the final shot at the end zone before the half. After two big defensive stops by Rene Zavalla and a pass deflection by Ryan Wilt the offense would have one final play before the half. The reverse to Adrian Rodriquez did not surprise the Tiger defense as they were able to hold on to the 6-0 half time lead.
Corsicana added two touchdowns in the second half. The Tigers opening third quarter drive needed only two plays. A 29-yard reception followed up by a 1-yard run to give Corsicana a 12-0 lead.
The Tigers again found the end zone on a late fourth quarter drive with a 43-yard touchdown reception to seal an 18-0 victory.
The Warrior defense hit the field first and set the tone shutting down the Tigers’ run and shoot offense. Up front Hondo Palmer and Corey Culton controlled the trenches while Dominic Dismuke and Devin Walker denied the air attack.
The Waxahachie offense came out firing on all cylinders needing only two plays to reach the goal line. Devin Chandler went 55 yards on the opening play with Culton finishing off the drive on a 19-yard carry to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead.
Palmer again led the defensive charge forcing a Corsicana fumble that was recovered by Chandler.
After a turnover, Culton, along with Hayden Howell, stopped the Tiger ground attack forcing Corsicana to throw on fourth-and-long.
Drew Morgan and Aaron Middleton denied the Corsicana receiver as the ball went over on downs.
Waxahachie then put together a second strike covering 49 yards on four plays. Chandler got the nod as carried it in from 23 yards out to give the Warriors a 12-0 half time advantage.
The Warrior offense came out looking to drive a nail into the coffin to open the third quarter. A nine-play scoring strike that took almost six minutes was capped off by Walker's 8-yard run.
Chandler carried in the point-after attempt to make a three score game 20-0. Corsicana pulled out all the tricks, but the Warriors defense stood strong. Christian Brewer snuffed out a reverse to end one Tiger drive, then Antonio Harris brought another to an end after picking off a reverse pass.
With 1:18 remaining the Corsicana offense found the big play, the Tigers converted a 60-yard touchdown pass to spoil the shutout.
Corsicana also converted on the 2-point attempt to cut the lead to 20-8.
The Tigers came away with a successful onside kick attempt, as they would not lie down. Dismuke came up big again for the Warrior defense coming away with an interception at the 4-yard line to secure a 20-8 victory.