A Litte More Texas 2A, Division Playoff Football – Corsicana Mildred vs. Nocona
ALEDO, Texas – Corsicana Mildred (12-1) riddled undermanned but spunky Nocona (12-2) with 182 yards passing and a pair of TD passes in the first half and held on to edge the Indians 45-35 in the Class 2A, Division II Regional final Friday night, Dec. 7, at Bearcat Stadium.
After building a 24-7 advantage with 5:07 left in the first half, CMHS suddenly saw momentum turn as Nocona scored 21 unanswered points. The Indians used their grinding rushing attack to keep the ball away from Mildred’s aerial offense and to climb back into the fray.
Behind 2,000-yard season rusher RB Tate Fenoglio, who had 83 infantry yards in the opening half and 146 on 27 carries for the game, NHS kept the Mildred defense on the field for most of the second half before CMHS used the big play to break back into a 38-28 lead after trailing 28-24 at one juncture.
Fenoglio had inside support from QB Hayden Hill and RB Bryce Dingler, who also combined to rush for 138 yards. The Indians entered the game with 330 rushing yards per tilt and ended with 289 net ground yards and game-high 21 first downs.
But it was a 53-yard run by All-State candidate RB Draylon Sterling, who had 1,188 yards in his first 10 games this autumns in the third quarter and a 30-yard spring by Jeremy Ballard to start the fourth period that helped the Eagles regain the advantage at 38-28 before Nocona drove 70 yards for a one-yard scoring dive by Bryce Dingler.
Mildred wasted no time, though, in rolling back down the pitch. Jonathan Harrison started the field position joust by returning he ensuing kickoff 30 yards to the Nocona 47. Ballard finished off the process with his second TD run of the quarter on a one-yard sortie. The PAT made it 45-35 CMHS.
At one point in the contest NHS had 73 plays from scrimmage to 30 for the Eagles, who were averaging almost eight yards per snap.
With several players going both ways and the wear and tear of the evening beginning to show in the final quarter, Sterling (101 yards rushing on the night as well as his defensive performance) intercepted an errant Hayden Hill pass with 1:01 left in regulation to ice the win.
Nocona ended the season with its most wins (12) in school annals and advanced deeper into the state playoffs to the quarterfinals than any Indians’ squad in history.
Also on hand for the activity was legendary Texas high school basketball coach J.D. Mayo, who is rebuilding the Nocona basketball program after decades of success at Dallas Skyline High School.
Mildred travels to Marble Falls for the state Class 2A, Division II semifinals vs. Sonora Friday at a time to be determined.
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Stats from Corsicana Mildred-Nocona 2A Division II Region Final HS Football – Dec. 7, 2012
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Corsicana Mildred 10 14 7 14 – 45
Nocona 7 8 13 7 – 35
NOC – Edward Cardoza 11 pass from Hayden Hill (Raul Anaya kick)
MIL – Draylon Sterling 18 run (Devin O’Sullivan kick)
MIL – O’Sullivan 38 field goal
MIL – Jeremy Ballard 53 pass from Nic Shimonek (O’Sullivan kick)
MIL – Jonathan Harrison 38 pass from Nic Shimonek (O’Sullivan kick)
NOC – Tate Fenoglio 1 run (Fenoglio run)
NOC – Bryce Dingler 14 pass from Hayden Hill (Anaya kick)
NOC – Hayden Hill 1 run (Hill run failed)
MIL – Draylon Streling 53 run (O’Sullivan kick)
MIL – Jeremy Ballard 30 run (O’Sullivan kick)
NOC – Bryce Dingler 1 run (Anaya kick)
MIL – Jeremy Ballard 1 run (O’Sullivan kick)
First Downs 15 21
Rushing Yards 27-179 59-289
Passing Yards 212 99
Passing 8-14-212 7-16-99
Punts-Avg 2-16.5 2-39.0
Penalties 10-59 11-88
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-1
Rushing – MIL: Draylon Sterling 13-101; Nic Shimonek 7-42; Jeremy Ballard 4-41; Team 2-0; Mikey Muncy 1-(-5). NOC: Tate Fenoglio 27-146; Bryce Dingler 12-74; Hayden Hill 19-64; Edward Cardoza 1-5.
Passing – MIL: Nic Shimonek 8-14-0-212. NOC: Hayden Hill 7-16-3-99.
Receiving – MIL: Mikey Muncy 2-70; Jeremy Ballard 1-53; Jonathan Harrison 1-38; Draylon Sterling 2-23; Raleigh Seilheimer 1-16; Jase Butler 1-12. NOC: Edward Cardoza 2-39; Tate Fenoglio 3-36; Bryce Dingler 2-24.