Corsicana, Lancaster seek share of 15-4A lead

No. 8 LANCASTER (3-0, 1-0) at No. 5 CORSICANA (3-0, 1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana's Tiger Stadium

When we saw them last: Lancaster squeezed out a 28-27 overtime victory over Forney in a District 15-4A opener last week on Tre’ White’s two-point conversion run. Corsicana snapped a 35-35 tie with four minutes to play on a 31-yard touchdown pass from DeVontay Bell to Chris Edding for a 43-35 victory over 15-4A foe West Mesquite.

2010 result: Lancaster quarterback Davon Hodge threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-7 victory over Corsicana in Lancaster. The home team broke open a 7-7 deadlock with 14 points in the fourth quarter.

What’s at stake: The winner will be in a tie for the District 15-4A lead along with the Red Oak-Mesquite Poteet winner.

Key matchup: Corsicana’s 6-foot, 190-pound senior running back Cameron Washington vs. Lancaster’s run defense. In last year’s game, Washington was limited to 41 yards on 13 carries. The Lancaster defense held its first two opponents’ ball carriers this season to an average of just over 3 yards per attempt. But Forney had great success on the ground against Lancaster last week, rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

Players to watch: Lancaster receiver Jaquan White is Hodge’s favorite target with 13 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Corsicana’s Christian Hines, who had a 1,000-yard receiving season last year, had eight catches for 128 yards and touchdown in the win over West Mesquite.

Prediction: Slight edge goes to Corsicana because it has played the tougher schedule of the two: Corsicana 27, Lancaster 22.