Corsicana Rallies Late to Beat Jacksonville, 35-25, in Regular Season Finale
CORSICANA -- The regular season finale for Corsicana and Jacksonville didn't mean much with both having clinched playoff spots and their seeds already determined, but winning was still a priority.
Corsicana used a late touchdown and a field goal to break a tie and beat Jacksonville, 35-25, on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Corsicana (4-6, 3-2) finished as the second-seeded Division I playoff team out of District 16-4A, while Jacksonville (4-6, 2-3) is the No. 2 Division II playoff team. The Indians face Lancaster at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Forney in the bi-district round.
The Tigers struck in the third quarter with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Zachary Rash to Ashton Newsome. Jacksonville answered on the next drive with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Carter McCown to Darrell Minifee, followed by a two-point conversion pass to Cory Holman to tie the game at 25-25.
Corsicana then put together a 16-play, 66-yard drive that took more than seven minutes off the clock and ended up with a 26-yard field goal from Condley and a 28-25 lead for the Tigers.
After Jacksonville turned it over on downs, Corsicana salted the game away with an 11-play, 50-yard drive. Bobby Wallace scored on a 4-yard touchdown run for a 35-25 lead.
Corsicana struck first on a 44-yard run from Ronnie Devearux, followed by a safety for Jacksonville when McCown was flagged for intentional grounding in his own end zone after a bad snap from center, which gave Corsicana an 8-0 lead.
After the free kick, Corsicana scored on a 17-yard run from Devearux for a 15-0 lead.
Jacksonville struck back before the end of the first quarter, thanks to a 6-yard touchdown run from LaDarius Session to make the score 15-7 after the first.
In the second quarter, Jacksonville started at the Corsicana 17-yard line after a 12-yard Tigers punt, and soon scored on an 11-yard pass from McCown to Session.
With 2:14 remaining in the first half, Jacksonville took a 17-15 lead on a 26-yard field goal from Ryan Travis, but a 36-yard field goal from Ryan Condley just before the end of the half gave Corsicana the lead back, 18-17, at the break.