KILGORE — Cameron Washington pounded out 240 yards on 27 carries as Corsicana moved to 2-0 on the season with a 38-13 win over Kilgore at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Friday.
Washington tallied a pair of TDs and sophomore teammate DeVontay Bell added a couple more on the ground and one through the air, accounting for 150 yards in total offense as the Tigers piled up 461 yards all totaled.
Kilgore standout tailback L.D. Anthony was on the sideline in his game jersey minus pads. It was not immediately known as to why Anthony was sidelined.
The Bulldogs got a noble effort from senior quarterback Riley Toler, who connected on 10 of 21 passes for 205 yards and one score. Kilgore had a difficult time establishing any sort of ground game, finishing with 36 yards on 19 carries.
A pair of first-half fumbles appeared to break the Bulldog spirit prior to intermission. Kilgore found itself with a 13-8 lead midway through the second quarter when junior tailback Cornelius Bell was stripped of the ball while fighting for extra yardage. Bobby Wallace recovered for the Tigers and set in motion a short scoring drive.
Another turnover on the ensuing possession put Corsicana once again in business. The Tigers polished off a methodical possession with another score right before the half. A 13-8 Kilgore lead with six minutes to play in the half evaporated into a 24-13 deficit before the bands took the field.
The Tigers struck first when Washington raced 81 yards untouched to the pylon to polish off a two-play, 92-yard sojourn. Bell tacked on the 2-point conversion to give the blue clad visitors an 8-0 lead at 6:24 of the first quarter.
A fake punt deep in the Tigers’ own territory failed when Pedro Escomilla was dropped a yard short of the first down. The Bulldogs wasted little time cashing in on the golden opportunity as Cornelius Bell lumbered in from 4 yards out off right tackle at 1:14 of the opening period.
The Kilgore defense withstood a 12-play drive by Corsicana, which failed to yield points when Ryan Cordley was unable to connect on a 37-yard field goal at 9:15 of the first half. The Bulldogs benefited from a little good fortune two plays later when Toler and Matthew Dickey teamed up a 79-yard scoring play.
Dickey had gotten behind double coverage in the secondary, but Toler’s pass was underthrown and slipped through the hands of two Tiger defenders. Dickey was five yards behind them when he hauled in the pass and sprinted to pay dirt, giving the Bulldogs a 13-8 lead with 8:17 left in the second frame.