TPI Early DFW 4A Top 20 #10 Corsicana Tigers

Check out the DFW Early 4A Top 20 poll. This article is for our premium insider readers only. At #10 is the Corsicana Tigers who finished 5-6 in 2006.

After getting off to their worst start in years many "experts" wrote off traditional powerhouse Corsicana early on in the 2006 season. However looking deeper into the Tigers 1-5 start in 2006, CHS lost 4 games by 10 points or less and the losses were at the hands of solid teams (West Mesquite, Jacksonville, Waxahachie, Waco and Lancaster). However after the slow start the Tigers got things rolling and reeled off 4 straight wins to close 2006 including impressive wins over Arlington Seguin and Ennis to get back into the playoffs before being bounced by Waco High.

The offense begins and ends with all-everything WR Omarius Hines who is on pace this season to put up some mind boggling numbers, however look for defenses to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Hines to try and slow him down. This is where the supporting cast for the Tigers will have to step up if they want to stay in the playoff mix in a brutal District 15-4A. The supporting cast for the Tigers will be young as all-district performers at QB, RB and OT have all moved on. The offensive line will be anchored by 280 pound Andrew Blackwell who was second team all 15-4A in 2006.

On defense Corsicana wasn't the solid unit that they have been in years past…in fact at times they were a big liability. This year the Tigers will have to step it up if they plan on not only making the post-season but staying around past one game. FS Wylum Bivins is the top returner from last year's group and he'll lead the secondary after a solid junior season. He'll team with Gary Gibson to give CHS a solid duo at safety while DT Taylor Mario leads the front seven.

If Corsicana wants to get back to the playoffs they must not get off to another bad start like 2006, the season opener against a very good West Mesquite squad is huge. If Corsicana can get out of that game with a win it could be a big confidence builder heading into their crucial 15-4A opener against Waxahachie who seems to have had Corsicana's number as of late.

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