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Football makes adjustments during Spring Game

Playing without its featured tight end and fullback, Navarro College switched from the power game to an aerial attack during its spring game on Thursday at Tiger Stadium.

And the quarterbacks did not disappoint in their battle for the top position entering fall workouts.

Starter Josh Greer was by far the sharpest of the three quarterbacks, completing 11-of-16 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Alex Allen, who has impressed coaches throughout the spring, went 6-of-12 for 45 yards and a score.  Jared Davis pitched in 9-of-18 for a team-high 196 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our quarterbacks did a good job tonight,” said Navarro Coach Brian Mayper.  “They made plays on third-and-8 and third-and-10. And they were only able to do that if the line did a good job of blocking and the receivers ran good routes.

“We’re a smash-mouth kind of team, but missing those two key positions made us alter what we did the last few weeks and tonight.  But we looked good tonight.”

With more than 25 Division I coaches gathered along the sidelines and in the stands, 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver Markel Steward-Gillespie hauled in a game-high 7 passes for 58 yards, including an 11-yard score near the end of the scrimmage.

“For a tall guy, he gets his feet down and can run away from people,” Mayper said. “He’s a big-time player.  He may one of the best receivers in the nation next year.”

The running back tandem of Tim Wright and Cameron Washington accounted for 81 yards.  Wright had 32 yards on the ground and an additional 24 yards on the ground.  Washington led all rushers with 49 yards on 10 carries.

Darrin Terry added a 9-yard touchdown reception, Darrin Hicks caught a 38-yarder from Davis, and running back Michael Reed closed the scoring with a 2-yard catch in the right flat.

Navarro’s defense also performed well all evening, making key stops on third- and fourth-and-short situations.  Mayper tapped Corsicana linebacker Dominic Kelly for outstanding play.

“Dominic has had a great spring,” he said. “He’s done a super, super job all spring and it showed again tonight out there.

“We also had several other guys who again played well tonight as they have all spring. (Cornerback) Sherman Gilbert, and (defensive linemen) John Williams, Kerry Holiday and Andre Ross have had huge springs for us.  We look forward to see what they can do in the fall as they get more and more used to our defense.”