Ryan Taylor’s Two Touchdowns Lift Lindale to Big 19-7 District Win Over Corsicana
CORSICANA -- A swarming Lindale defense and a productive running game keyed by senior tailback Ryan Taylor lifted the Eagles to a hard-fought 19-7 win over the Corsicana Tigers on Friday in their District 16-5A matchup.
Taylor scored two touchdowns -- from 14 and 1 yards -- while Jordan Lawless booted a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
The Eagles defense even got in the act, as Brandon Barkowsky trapped quarterback Kishawn Kelley for a safety with time running out in the fourth quarter.
Kelley had a forgettable night through the air, completing just 1 of 13 attempts.
Lindale's defense proved to be too swift, especially in its side-to-side pursuit of Tiger runners, especially Ja'Micha Polk and John Woods, who along with the rest of the offense had accumulated more than 1,000 yards.
But the Eagles, led by linebackers Bryce Barkowsky and Kale Ridge, made it a long night for the now 3-1 Tigers.
Lindale is also 3-1 on the year.
In the first half, both teams found slow going especially the Eagles who turned the ball over four times -- three interceptions from Meador and a muffed punt.
The Tigers finally broke the scoreless tie with 4:44 left in the second quarter as Polk sprinted into the end zone from 12 yards out.
This score was set up by Lindale's forth turnover of the half, a muffed punt at their 41.
The Eagles then latched on to Taylor, who broke through on first down and raced 43 yards to the Tigers' 25. Two plays later, it was Taylor again, scoring from 14 yards out. Jordan Lawless tacked on the extra point to knot the game.