The new 2,500 seats at Waxahachie’s remodeled Lumpkin Stadium could come in handy Friday when the Indians host rival Corsicana in a matchup of the final two remaining teams without a defeat in District 15-4A play.
It is the first time the two foes have been unbeaten in district play going into the big game since 2007, when they met in a district opener.
Corsicana (6-0, 4-0 in 15-4A) is No. 3 in ESPNDallas.com Class 4A Top 10.
The only blemish on the record of No. 7 Waxahachie (4-1, 3-0) was administered by Class 5A unbeaten Flower Mound Marcus in the season opener.
First place doesn't have to be at stake to rev up the two communities for this game. They are separated by only 36 miles. Records indicate the series dates to at least 1913.
Both teams have dominated foes this season. In its four wins, Waxahachie has averaged 50 points scored and 10 points allowed.
Corsicana’s victory margin doesn’t match Waxahachie's, but is still a comfortable 19.5 per game. The Tigers are coming off a 29-16 showdown win over previously unbeaten Mesquite Poteet.
Waxahachie, which missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 1989, has done it a little differently this season, riding the passing arm of quarterback Don King III. The 6-footo-3, 195-pound senior has thrown for 1,244 yards and nine touchdowns.
King can expect pressure from a Corsicana defense that has already amassed 28 sacks.
The Tigers depend heavily on running back Cameron Washington. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior has rushed for 1,258 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Corsicana last season ended a string of Waxahachie victories in the rivalry, 42-28.