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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Corsicana thrives with edge on interceptions

By Randy Jennings

The fear of a sophomore quarterback being prone to interceptions doesn’t seem to apply to Corsicana’s DeVontay Bell.

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Only three of Bell’s 159 passes this season have wound up in the hands of the enemy. By contrast, the ball-hawking Corsicana defense has recorded 23 interceptions, an average of nearly two per game. The Tigers are a plus-20 in interceptions this season.

No wonder the Tigers are still playing in the third round of the Class 4A Division II state playoffs.

Corsicana (11-1) will face Frisco Centennial (12-0) in a regional playoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Midlothian.

Bell isn’t forced to the air that often -- not with running back Cameron Washington at his disposal. Washington, a senior, has rushed for 2,587 yards and 38 touchdowns. Despite throwing sparingly, Bell has gone over the 1,000-yard passing mark with nine touchdowns.

Linebacker Tevin McDonald leads Corsicana with with seven interceptions. Cornerback Antonio Wilson has picked off six.

The work of the secondary is made easier by a pass rush that has generated 47 sacks.

The turnovers are important because Corsicana is yielding playoff opponents 34.5 points and 486.5 yards per game.

The Tigers will be facing Centennial junior quarterback Lamar Jordan, who has thrown for 2,195 yards on 164-of-294 passing. He has been intercepted eight times.

The winner will face the winner of Friday afternoon's regional playoff between Frisco (10-2) and Kilgore (7-5) at Forney.