Corsicana, Kilgore are physical mirror images

CORSICANA (12-1) vs. KILGORE (9-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Forney’s City Bank Stadium

What: Class 4A Division II Region 2 final.

When we saw them last: Corsicana wore out one of the best 4A defenses in the area, which led to a second-half surge and a 52-31 win over Frisco Centennial. Running back Cameron Washington broke the school single-season rushing record of 2,761 yards in his 214-yard performance. Kilgore completed the demise of the Frisco ISD football season, knocking off Frisco, 24-10, in dominant fashion.

Last in the playoffs: Corsicana made a quick exit out of the 2010 playoffs, losing to Bastrop 51-34 in the bi-district round. Kilgore last made the playoffs in 2009, when it was bounced in the first round by Marshall. Corsicana and Kilgore met at the beginning of last season in a 30-23 Corsicana win.

What’s at stake: The winner advances to the state semifinals to face the winner of the regional final between Aledo (11-2) and Stephenville (11-2)

Key matchup: The big boys. Both teams don’t rely on much flair or trickery. They line up, hand the ball off and dare you to stop what you know is coming. Good thing they both have the talent to offer that challenge. However, someone has to lose this battle and it will come down to which offensive line can withstand the defensive force trying to penetrate and stop the run.

Players to watch: Corsicana’s Washington has flown under the radar most of the season but deserves a spot amongst the best backs in the area. He comes across as a finesse runner with the moves to break ankles, but never strays from contact and a chance to truck an oncoming defender. He is 200 yards shy of the 3,000-yard mark and could easily pick that up this weekend. Kilgore utilizes a two-back system with L.D. Anthony and Dondra Halton, who tallied 122 yards and 174 yards respectively against Frisco in the region semifinals.

Prediction: Kilgore opened its season with a 34-13 loss to Coriscana in Week 1. The rematch should be closer, but the battle-tested Tigers will move on to the state semifinals, 47-34.