Friday, September 30, 2011
Corsicana RB muscles past Poteet in 15-4A duel
By Travis L. Brown
CORSICANA, Texas – Friday’s Corsicana-Mesquite Poteet bout flew by as a blur of short plays and defensive stops. Not much stood out in what might have been the best matchup on paper in Week 5.
But before the word “boring” rolls off the tongue to describe Friday’s physical 29-13 Corsicana win, meet running back Cameron Washington.
Washington slipped into this District 15-4A heavyweight match with a very quiet 1,000-plus-yard rushing season through five games, and he added over 250 yards and three touchdowns to help push the third-ranked Tigers (6-0, 4-0) past No. 4 Poteet (5-1, 3-1).
The Corsicana defense kept Mesquite Poteet's offense in check.
“He’s one of the hardest workers we have on the football team,” Corsicana coach Phil Castles said. “He runs with his heart. He’s a physical player but he does it for his teammates.”
Throughout the game, Washington was the one Corsicana weapon Poteet’s defense could not account for. He delivered touchdown runs from 15 and 33 yards plus a short 4-yard run.
“He’s just so tough,” Poteet coach Randy Jackson said. “We’ll have a kid there, but he’s a load for those guys to tackle and you miss him and there he goes. It was a big assignment for our defense.”
It took the teams a quarter to size one another up, but Washington sparked the Corsicana offense with his first touchdown minutes into the second quarter.
Poteet scored on a pair of 1-yard Steven Hicks runs, but Jackson said without any big play threat against a very athletic Corsicana team, the Pirates struggled to keep up.
Corsicana beat Poteet last season 44-10, which was enough to split the district title between the two schools. However, Poteet continued on past that championship to make a run to the 4A state semifinals.
Both teams now have a case of déjà vu, but only the weeks ahead can prove the impact of this game on playoff positioning. That’s something both coaches will harp on during practice next week.
“We were co-champs with Poteet last year and obviously we want to keep that title and make the big run,” Castles said. “Poteet had a great run in the playoffs. That would be nice to meet them deep in the playoffs sometime again.”
Jackson also is looking down the road.
“In 1980 or whatever, you might be done – one team makes the playoffs,” he said. “All we have to do is look back one year and realize what a great season we can have. We just need to start a winning streak next week, we hope.”