BULLDOGS CLAIM PLAYOFF SLOT WITH 35-10 WIN OVER BLINN
By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun
Navarro wrapped up a playoff berth for the sixth straight season on Saturday by drubbing longtime rival Blinn, 35-10, at Tiger Stadium.
The Bulldogs have a chance to earn the Southwest Junior College Football Conference regular season championship and homefield advantage throughout the postseason when they travel to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M next Saturday.
Navarro (7-1 overall, 4-1 in SWJCFC) spotted Blinn a 3-0 lead on Kurt Walker’s 59-yard field goal on the Bucs’ opening drive, but then unleashed its potent offense to score 35 of game’s final 42 points.
Quarterback Stump Godfrey passed for three first-half touchdowns and added a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter as he averaged 26.2 yards per completion.
Godfrey had touchdown passes of 67 yards to Jordan Jolly and 20 yards to Eddie Johnson for a 14-3 Navarro lead. After Blinn turned a short punt into a 2-yard Trey Porter scoring run early in the second period, the Navarro quarterback threaded a 20-yard scoring toss to James Washington as the Bulldogs’ took a 21-10 lead into the half.
Corsicana’s Cameron Washington contributed Navarro’s final score on an 8-yard TD run midway in the fourth quarter. Washington had 38 yards on six carries.
Navarro’s winning total could have been much larger, had mistakes and penalties limited its opportunities.
Kick returner Tony Drake had his 93-yard punt return for a score nullified with 16 seconds left in the second period because of a clipping penalty.
On the third play of the fourth quarter, running back Tyler Middleton sprinted around the left side for a 91-yard touchdown run. But Middleton raised a hand skyward at the Blinn 28 en route to the end zone and a flag was thrown. Middleton’s score was nixed and Navarro resumed possession at the Buc 43 after an unsportsmanlike penalty. Its drive died seven plays later on Patrick Sohrt’s missed 32-yard field goal into a stiff wind.
Navarro compiled 430 yards total offense, led by running back Traylon Shead’s 142 yards on 19 carries. Shead also completed a 13-yard pass on perhaps the strangest play of the game.
Late in the third period, Shead attempted to sweep right but found a host of Buc defenders. He reversed his field but the road was just as clogged on the other side of the field. As he neared the boundary, the left-handed Shead uncorked a pass out of desperation that found Johnson for 13 yards and a first down. Godfrey scored on the next play for a 28-10 lead.
Blinn was limited to 231 total yards and quarterback Garry Kimble was only 6 of 28 for 78 yards and an interception through the air.
Navarro 35, Blinn 10
Blinn 3 7 0 0 — 10
Navarro 14 7 7 7 — 35
B — Kurt Walker 59 FG
N — Jordan Jolly 67 pass from Stump Godfrey (Patrick Sohrt kick)
N — Eddie Johnson 20 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
B — Trey Porter 2 run (Walker kick)
N — James Washington 20 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Godfrey 2 run (Sohrt kick)
N — Cameron Washington 8 run (Sohrt kick)
YARDSTICK B N
First Downs 15 15
Rush-yards 45-153 48-286
Passing yards 78 144
C-A-I 6-28-1 6-14-2
Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1
Punts-avg. 6-39 4-33
Penalties 9-74 12-90
Rushing — B: Garry Kimble 18-89, Klartel Claridy 11-15, Trey Porter 10-33, Bright Ashaka 1-10, Donavan Williams 5-6; N: Traylon Shead 19-142, Tyler Middleton 3-71, Tarlandus Mitchell 6-25, Stump Godfrey 10-15, Tony Drake 4-(-5), Cameron Washington 6-38 .
Passing — B: Kimble 6-28-1-78; N: Godfrey 5-13-2-131, Shead 1-1-0-13.
Receiving — B: Vasquez Haynes 2-22, Jeremy Johnson 1-17, Ashaka 2-21, Christopher Loving 1-18; N: Jordan Jolley 1-67, Eddie Johnson 2-33, James Washington 2-33, Middleton 2-31.