FRISCO CENTENNIAL (12-0) vs. CORSICANA (11-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium
What: Class 4A Division II Region II semifinal.
When we saw them last: Frisco Centennial's Lamar Jordan threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-13 area playoff blowout of 6-6 Dallas Conrad at Kimbrough Stadium in Murphy. Corsicana senior running back Cameron Washington carried the mail 39 times for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-35 area playoff victory over 8-4 Sulphur Springs at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Last in the playoffs: Both teams were beaten in the bi-district round of the 2010 Class 4A Division II playoffs. Centennial lost to Highland Park, 49-7. Corsicana was outscored by Bastrop, 55-34.
What’s at stake: The winner advances to a state quarterfinal to meet the winner of Friday afternoon’s regional playoff between Frisco (10-2) and Kilgore (7-5) in Forney.
Key matchup: The best way to slow Corsicana is to clog the running lanes for Washington and make the Tigers depend more on sophomore quarterback DeVontay Bell. But slowing Washington is easier said than done. The senior has rushed for 2,587 yards and 38 touchdowns. However, the Centennial defense is one of the best in the area against the run, allowing only 74.8 rushing yards per game. Nine times this season Centennial has held opponents to 15 points or less. Nick Bush leads Centennial in tackles with 105 and Kevin Smith leads the team in sacks with 13.
Players to watch: Each team has picked off 23 passes. Junior Ranthony Texada leads Centennial with five interceptions. For Corsicana, linebacker Tevin McDonald has seven interceptions and cornerback Antonio Wilson has six. Offensively for Centennial, Jordan is the big gun with 2,168 passing yards and 22 touchdowns to go with 838 rushing yards and 11 more scores.
Prediction: Washington will be the difference in a contest that goes to the wire: Corsicana 35, Centennial 34.