Corsicana quarterback Devontay Bell ended his playing days as a Tiger by rushing for 383 yards and scoring five touchdowns as Corsicana came into the Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville Friday night and handed the Indians a 48-31 loss in the regular-season finale for both clubs.
Each team entered the season as playoff contenders, but those dreams faded away as the brutal District 16-4A race unfolded.
Corsicana ends the year at 2-7, 1-4, while Jacksonville wrapped up at 0-10, 0-5.This was the first winless season for the Tribe in 27 years.
Corsicana did most of its damage in the first half.
The Tigers enjoyed a 34-17 lead at intermission, with each club adding 14 points to its ledger in the final 24 minutes of play.
Bell proved to be virtually unstoppable for the Tribe, with his mode of operation being to fake a hand off and then proceed up the middle, where he had considerable success from the get go.
Bell put the Tigers on the board first when he raced in from 36 yards out with 9:32 left in the opening period.
Four of his scores came in the first half.
In addition to his 36-yard scamper, he motored into the end zone on runs of 18, 86, 19, and 78 yards.
Jacksonville pulled to within four points at the 10:00 minute mark of the second quarter when quarterback Carter McCown ran around the right side from four yards out. Following Ryan Travis' PAT, the Tiger margin had been cut to 14-10.
After a 33-yard dash to pay dirt by Corsicana's Donovan Fields with 7:21 left in the first half, theTigers again led by 11. Fields also scored a touchdown in the final frame for the winners.
But a 3-yard scoring burst by the Indians' Stacy Cummings once again pulled the Tribe to within four, 21-17, with just over six minutes to go in the second quarter.
But two scores by Bell in the final 1:22 of the first half proved to be too much for the Indians to overcome.