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‘Dogs storm into playoffs, 62-16

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun

 

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M players sprinkled a little dirt on the Tiger Stadium playing surface to make it feel like home on Saturday. Sixty minutes later, the Golden Norse were eager for a bit of the real thing.

Navarro stormed into the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs with a resounding 62-16 victory over NEO on Saturday after a 41-2 second-half blitzkrieg that featured a diverse offense and devastating defense.

Navarro (7-2 overall, 4-2 in SWJCFC play) will be the third-seed and play at Tyler next Saturday afternoon at 3 pm at Trinity Mother Frances-Rose Stadium in the first round of the playoffs. Tyler defeated Kilgore 42-12 Saturday.  Saturday’s other 3 pm semifinal bracket will pair fourth-seed Blinn against top-seeded Trinity Valley at Bruce Field in Athens.

The Bulldogs sprinted to a 14-0 lead but trudged through the second quarter, allowing a pair of NEO touchdowns for a 21-14 lead at the break.

But it was all Navarro in the final two stanzas. Navarro picked up touchdown passes of 7 and 67 yards to James Jordan and Devin Lauderdale, respectively, and Tim Wright’s third rushing touchdown to stretch its lead in the third quarter. Carlos Macias booted a pair of field goals early in the fourth quarter and backup running backs Josh Cleveland and Ke’Aun Kinner added scoring runs in the waning minutes for the 46-point victory.

NEO was thoroughly ineffective against Navarro’s defense in the second half, managing only 9 total yards. Eight of NEO’s 19 offensive snaps went for negative yardage in the half.

Navarro’s offense received 120 yards rushing and TD runs of  3, 9 and 8 from Wright to continue his string of 100-yard games. Cameron Washington added 133 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, including a 52-yarder run in the third period.

After a slow start, Navarro’s Earp went on a tear, completing 15 of 24 passes for 249 yards and two scores. Earp had a string of seven straight completions in Navarro’s big third quarter.

Lauderdale was Earp’s go-to receiver, catching 5 passes for 138 yards.

Navarro compiled 590 total yards, compared to 138 by the Golden Norse, who managed just 13 rushing yards. NEO also had 16 negative plays, losing 65 yards.

Navarro 62, NEO 16

NEO                  0        4           2          0        —        16

Navarro          14        7          21        20        —        62

FIRST QUARTER

N — Cameron Washington 3 run (Carlos Macias kick), 10:47

N — Tim Wright 3 run (Macias kick), :36

SECOND QUARTER

NE — Tony Kiefer 1 run (Tyler Cortez kick), 9:10

N — Wright 9 run (Macias kick), 4:25

NE — Elliott Hawkins 18 pass from Mitch Manley (Cortez kick), :04

THIRD QUARTER

N — Wright 8 run (Macias kick), 12:23

N — James Jordan 7 pass from Carson Earp (Macias kick), 10:31

NE — Safety, Navarro quarterback sacked in end zone, 8:01

N — Devin Lauderdale 67 pass from Earp (Macias kick), 6:27

FOURTH QUARTER

N — Macias 36 FG, 14:51

N — Macias 41 FG, 10:01

N — Josh Cleveland 3 run (Macias kick), 8:07

N — Ke’Aun Kinner 8 run (Macias kick), :53

 

      NE           N

First Downs            12          28

Rush-yards            30-13    53-341

Passing yards       125         249

C-A-I                       20-40-0   15-24-0

Fumbles-lost            4-1      1-1

Punts-avg.                8-34    2-28

Penalties                  7-68    12-85

Individual

Rushing — NE: Tony Kiefer 9-(-25), Elliott Hawkins 5-7, Kendall Holmes 3-0, Dawson Myers 3-14, Devanta Johnson 1-7, Erick Dockins 3-7 ;  N: Tim Wright  23-120, Cameron Washington  15-133, Josh Cleveland  1-3, Carson Earp 3-(-4), Ke’aun Kinner 10-80 , Edwin Mims  1-9.

Passing  —NE: Tony Kiefer 10-17-0-60, Mitchell Manley 10-22-1-65, Devanta Johnson 0-1-0-0 ; N: Carson Earp 15-24-0-249.

Receiving — NE:  Dawson Myers 8-49, Samory Collier 1-4, Jesse Vester 1-(-2), Kendall Holmes 1-15, Devanta Johnson 1-21, Elliott Hawkins 3-17, Dakota Warrington 1-6, Austin White 1-7, Deandre Jennings 1-7, Erick Dockins 1-(-5); N: Alex Allen 3-45, Devin Lauderdale 5-138, Cameron Washington 3-31, Austin Collins 1-6, James Jordan 2-13, Chadd Dansby 1-16 .