It took some thunder and lightning to slow down Corsicana's Tigers, who won their fifth game in a row Friday night at Tiger Stadium, where they waited out a 45-minute weather delay -- and then took the field with 4:23 left in the third and finished off Terrell 42-7.
The big crowd wasn't around for the end of the game and neither were the Tiger starters, who exited in the third with a 35-7 lead.
They threw up 35 points by halftime and Hal Wasson was more than happy to get as many kids as possible into the game. Wasson used the same bench-happy formula two weeks ago when the Tigers had a 40-7 romp over Kaufman.
Yup, these Tigers who started last spring with a huddle full of young players and questions, have had two one-sided games in the last three weeks.
And soaring -- all the way to the top of the District 8-5A DII standings, where they're in a first-place tie with Ennis at 4-0 with four games left. Of course the last one will be against Ennis at Tiger Stadium, but no one's in hurry just yet.
Wasson's kids are enjoying the ride right now, and so is Corsicana. It's fun to win one-sided games.
No one is pouring it on or beating anyone up. Wasson's kids are just playing hard and clean and taking care of business. This team eats focus for breakfast every day and has learned to finish the drill on Friday nights.
And after opening with a tough-loss to state-ranked Burleson Centennial, the Tigers are now 5-1 and unbeaten in district play.
This could have been one of those oh-what-happened games. After all, the Tigers were coming off their biggest high of the season, a thrilling and emotional 27-24 win on the road against North Forney a week ago that saw Solomon James throw the identical TD pass to Drew Denbow twice in the final minute (the first was wiped out by a penalty).
You have seen NFL teams fall flat the week after an emotionally-draining victory, and every high school coach knows that narrative.
But this was Tiger Take Care of Business 101.
Bring a relentless defense, a formidable running game and enough pretty-as-a-picture passes to light up the night and the scoreboard and leave the egos at home, and you get an idea what Wasson-ball is all about.
Damarius "Da-Da" Daniels, an electric tailback, had his fifth consecutive 100-yard game since he entered the backfield, and scored twice before you could say "Welcome to Tiger Stadium," and James had a big night, throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers.
Daniels left early with 130 yards on 13 carries, and almost all of it came in the first half when he rushed for 125 on 11 totes. It took him two plays to give the Tigers the lead as he broke free for a 52-yard TD run on Corsicana's second snap.
He scored with 5:42 left in the first quarter on an 8-yard run, and when the snap was fumbled on the PAT attempt, Denbow grabbed the ball and ran for a two-point conversion, lifting the Tigers to a 15-0 lead in less than seven minutes.
The Tyler Farmer--Brayshun Parrish-Jacob Lopez-Ricardo Olvera led defense hounded Terrell all night and the Tiger D scored its first points of the season when Ja'Braylan Douglas picked off a pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown on the first play after the weather delay to make it 42-7.
Douglas has had a remarkable season and -- like many of the players on this team -- you feel he's just getting started. So many Tigers had huge moments on defense as the Tiger D combined for 10 plays for losses, including three sacks.
Linebackers Eric Dickson, Jesus Mendoza and Jamarian McBride all had big plays for losses and plays where the Terrell quarterback rushed to throw the ball away under pressure.
One of the biggest moments of the night came on a play when nobody scored.
Terrell's Tommy Steward flipped a quick pass over the middle from his 2-yard-line to Kylan Pierson, who took off in the open, leaving everyone in his wake as he raced for what looked like a sure 98-yard touchdown.
But somehow, some way, Drew Denbow (yup, the same Denbow who caught the game winner last week in Forney) just kept digging and flying and closed the 10-plus-yard gap and caught Pierson at the Tiger 22 to save a touchdown.
Three plays later, Terrell was facing a fourth-and-11 from the 23 after two incompletions and an a 1-yard loss by Dickson, who stopped tailback Jaquavious Morris cold. On fourth down Steward had to scramble and threw an incompletion as McBride was running him down.
The Tigers took over on downs at the 23 and drove 77 yards in five plays, including a 12-yard pass to Qua Chambers and a 51-yard pass to Chambers on back-to-back plays that moved the ball to the Terrell 13. The drive ended with a 10-yard TD pass to Savion Miller that gave the Tigers a 22-0 lead with 11:24 left in the half.
James threw two more touchdown passes before the bands arrived, hitting Lane Fuentes over the middle for a catch-and-fly play for a 51-yard TD that made it 29-7 with 2:32 left in the half.
Fuentes had a big night, catching five passes for 119 yards and a TD -- all in the first half.
James finished the half with a beauty to George Foster, who caught his fifth touchdown pass in the last four games. This one was a 38-yard across-the-field rainbow that Foster grabbed and then raced down the left sideline to score with 46 seconds left.
James completed his final four passes in a row before halftime, and went to the break after hitting 10-of-14 passes for 240 yards. He completed 2-of-3 for 10 more yards before calling it a night in the third quarter with a 12-for-17-250-yard-three touchdown performance.
Terrell, which scored on Steward's 12-yard TD pass to Jarrius Nickerson Scruggs with 3:11 left in the half, ended the half without another first down after Grant Harrison sacked Steward to kill the final drive.
The Tigers held Terrell (1-3, 1-5) to just 91 yards on the ground and 125 in the air (most of which came on Pierson's 76-catch-and-run play).
It was a good-old-fashioned romp, but there's no time to enjoy it because the Tigers face one of the stiffest tests of the year next week when they travel to Royse City.
Tigers 42, Terrell 7
Score by Quarters
Terrell 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Tigers 15 20 7 0 -- 42
C: Damarius Daniels 52 run (Ethan Rodriguez kick): 10:10
C: Damarius Daniels 8 run (Drew Denbow run): 5:42
C: Savion Miller 10 pass from Solomon James (Rodriguez kick): 11:24
T: Jarrius Nickerson-Scruggs 12 pass from Tommy Pierson (Christian Nunez kick): 3:11
C: Lane Fuentes 51 pass from James (Rodriguez kick): 2:35
C: George Foster 38 pass from James (kick fails): 0:46
C: Ja'Braylan Douglas 28 interception return (Rodriguez kick): 4:03
First downs 10 17
Rushes-yards 46-91 31-189
Passing-yards 125 250
C-A-I 11-24-1 12-17-0
Penalties-yards 6-40 4-40
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1
Rushing: C: Damarius Daniels 13-130, Collin Bradley 5-27, Dominic Ovalle 4-17, Hayden Braswell 5-7, Anthony Young 2-5, Solomon James 3-3.
Passing: C: Solomon James 12-17-0-3 250.
Receiving: C: Lane Fuentes 5-119-1, Qua Chambers 3-73-1, George Foster 1-38-1, Savion Miller 2-12-1, Damarius Daniels 1-8.