FORNEY, Texas – There was no time for celebration after either of Corsicana quarterback DeVontay Bell's two first-quarter rushing touchdowns Friday.
He had to quickly gather his troops and line up for a no-huddle two-point conversion and a no-huddle point-after try.
“Celebrating comes after the game – with the gold ball,” the sophomore said.
And that is exactly what Corsicana did after a 42-21 win over Kilgore in the Class 4A Division II Region 2 final at City Bank Stadium.
Bell rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one in Corsicana’s win and set the tone for the Tigers (13-1).
“It’s all about discipline,” Bell said. “Not trash talking or anything like that – just discipline. Just getting back up and fighting for what we want.”
It also takes discipline to come back on the field after throwing two first-half interceptions and completing a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third that would be the game-winning score.
“The good thing about 17-year old boys is that they can be conditioned,” Corsicana coach Phil Castles said. “We practice it and they’ve bought into it.”
Castles' trust in his players was rewarded when he decided to go for it from the Kilgore 4-yard line with four seconds left in the first half. Cameron Washington spun into the end zone putting his team up 21-14 at the break.
Kilgore (9-5) tied it up on the first drive of the second half on a 20-yard run by TCU commit L.D. Anthony.
The score would remain locked until Bell’s dart to Jack Saipoini with 19 seconds left in the third.
A Corsicana interception early in the final frame led to a 1-yard Washington run. Washington put away one more in the fourth on another 1-yard run with just over three minutes to play.
Washington and Bell were key in Corsicana’s endgame of getting the ball with the lead in the fourth so the Tigers could milk the clock for the remainder of the game.
However, Castles said to Kilgore’s credit, it wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that Corsicana was able to really take control of the clock.
Washington ran for 244 yards, putting him over the 3,000-yard rushing mark this season.
The Tigers can sit back now and see who is victorious in the rematch of Aledo and Stephenville in the Region 1 final.
If Stephenville wins, the state semifinal against Corsicana will be Saturday at Justin Northwest ISD Stadium. If Aledo advances, it will be Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.
Castles said he’s excited about the opportunity to play either team with storied traditions. However, he smiled at the chance to get the national exposure that playing Johnathan Gray and Aledo brings.
“Whoever it is, we’ll go to work on Saturday and get after them,” Castles said.