CORSICANA-- After two days and nearly twenty inches of rain that had fallen in the past three days, the Corsicana Tigers (6-2, 3-2) finally hosted the Tyler John Tyler Lions (5-3, 4-0) to close out the Week 9 slate of games in District 16-5A. The long wait was worth it for John Tyler who remained undefeated in district play with a 36-14 win over Corsicana. The CUJO defense was the story as a front seven led by Houston commit DL Braylon Jones and sophomore LB Martrevious Allison did the job containing the Corsicana ground game and forcing three turnovers.
John Tyler would score 22 straight points off Corsicana miscues in the second half to turn a game that was tied at 14-14 midway through the third quarter to a 30-14 lead. John Tyler would take the lead for good with 3:11 left in the third as defensive tackle turned fullback Pierre Leonard scored from the one yard line on third and goal to give JTHS a 20-14 lead. A fumble one play later for Corsicana would lead to a 35 yard field goal from Devin Salazar and a 23-14 John Tyler lead at the end of the third. Corsicana would be forced to punt on their next series and after a botched fake punt attempt, John Tyler would take over in Corsicana territory and on the first play from scrimmage junior quarterback Bryson Smith would score from 41 yards out to put the game out of reach at 30-14. John Tyler would add a late exclamation point as Smith hooked up with Duntayviun Gross for a 19 yard touchdown pass to close out the scoring at 36-14.
The first half was a back and forth affair as Corsicana struck first on a 51 yard touchdown pass from Kishawn Kelly to Trevor Denbow giving CHS a 7-0 edge. John Tyler would tie the game on the ensuing drive as Smith would score on a quarterback draw from 15 yards out. The Lions would take a seven point lead later in the quarter on an odd play as Smith hit Texas commit WR Damion Miller for what looked to be a 15 yard completion, Miller dropped the ball after two steps, picked the ball up and strolled into the end zone for a touchdown. The officials ruled the play a catch and fumble, while Corsicana argued that the play was an incomplete pass. Corsicana would tie the game early in the third quarter on a 16 yard run by John Woods, but after that it was all John Tyler. Corsicana was led by a junior quarterback Kishawn Kelly who ran for 130 yards and threw for 77 yards and a touchdown, but the three turnovers proved to be costly to Corsicana who could have taken a big step towards the playoffs with a win. Corsicana will have to travel to Lufkin next Saturday as they try and keep their playoff hopes alive.