What do you get when you get a team that returns zero starters from a team that got beat out of the playoffs by Red Oak? Not a good situation in Tigerland. Corsicana only returns four starters (although, they are four pretty good starters) from last year's 5-5 team. This year, four teams make the playoffs, but throw in Waco and Midway - and you have the recipe for disaster. Coach Henigan will have quite the challenge this year to rebuild an offense. Coach Henigan has usually been part of the Joey Florence mentality - against the use of 7 on 7 - but we will see them in 7 on 7 this season - hoping to get some sort of team consistency to jell before the regular season begins.
Although not one quarterback on the roster threw a pass last season, it looks that senior Andey Means is the leading replacement at quarterback. It is possible the JV quarterback and a couple move-ins may compete strongly for this position, and Means may end up at wide receiver. Matt Ward had 4 catches for 68 yards last season - but more in a back-up role. He has seen the end zone for Corsicana, which could help the developing Tigers. Ben Caton is a young up and coming to-be junior. Corsicana has had great line play recently, and he looks to be the next college prospect out of Corsicana. Cody Evans and Tremaigne Dickson will either play linebacker or running back - depending on where they can best help the team and how the younger players fill out the skill positions. A name to watch will be JaVonti Hines, Jr. Yes - if you are wondering, there is a relation.
Defensively, the Tigers look to be tough nosed as normal. Kevin Harris and Troy McAdams could both be seeing time on Saturday playing football, especially if they improve. These are not "go anywhere they want" recruits, but they are hard nosed kids who play hard and make plays. Cody Evans is also a playmaker - he is a little undersized for college, but he is a great high school player. He may be moved to running back to bring the grit and speed that is lacking from a rebuilding offense. He is a great linebacker in the 4-3 scheme and Coach Doring will be looking to him to be the leader on the defensive side of the ball. Sophomore Martin Davis may play running back or linebacker - but the coaching staff is very high on him. They expect him to be able to step in immediately - and he could be a name to watch over the next three years - especially in recruiting circles with the Baylor pipeline firmly established.
It will be a tough season for Corsicana. I feel they will make the playoffs, but they will not have a pretty win/loss total to get there. This team is looking square in the face of a 4-7 season and a first round exit. Games against Whitehouse and West Mesquite could get ugly - especially if both teams are having their offenses click this season. Luckily, they have home games against Ennis and Waxahachie this season, so that could be a slight edge. They end the season at Cleburne, and that could end up being a must-win game for the playoffs. Corsicana should find its way back into the mix with four teams in the playoffs, but I don't expect much success beyond a first round game and an early first round exit. Corsicana looks to be building for something special in two years, so they may pay their dues this season.