By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Sun
— Navarro proved again Saturday it is arguably the best team in the nation — for a half.
The Bulldogs roared to a 38-0 lead by halftime and then battled with inconsistency for the second game in row in the final 30 minutes. Fortunately for Navarro, it still had more than enough firepower to subdue Cisco 48-21 in Southwest Junior College Football Conference opener for both teams.
Navarro looked every bit of its No. 8 ranking in the first half, outgaining the Wranglers 346-129 and harassing Cisco starting quarterback Richard Lagow to less than 50 percent passing and seven sacks or pressures.
That all changed on the first play of the second half when Lagow hooked up with Carl Whitely for a 75-yard touchdown pass.
That would be a trigger for Cisco’s offense. Lagow was still being hit on a regular basis by Navarro’s blitzing defense, but the sophomore from Plano completed 9 of 15 passes for 229 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half as the Wranglers outscored Navarro, 21-10.
After losing five fumbles in the second half last week in a rousing season opening win over Georgia Military, Navarro lost two more in the second half to Cisco, one going 26 yards for a touchdown by Robert Gardner.
Despite its second-half troubles, Navarro was still dominant for much of the game, nearly putting three rushers over the 100-yard mark while compiling 600 yards total offense.
Ke’Aun Kinner had a solid contest with 123 yards and first-period touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards.
Backup running back Mikechell Potts contributed 99 yards on 16 carries and Kijana Amous, just a few weeks removed from a tryout at linebacker, gained 100 yards on 11 attempts.
Starting Navarro quarterback Carson Earp completed 9 of 15 passes for 105 yards, including touchdown passes of 20 yards to Austin Collins. It was one of three scoring receptions in the second quarter for Collins. The sophomore receiver also had scoring receptions of 33 and 11 yards from backup quarterback Bivins Carraway.
Carraway started hot, completing eight of his first nine passes, but he cooled to complete 12 of 22 for 168 yards.
Navarro compiled 600 total yards of offense.
Kicker Carlos Macias stayed perfect as collegian, nailing field goals of 20 and 29 yards for the Bulldogs, who host Trinity Valley next Saturday in a Top 10 showdown.
Navarro 48, Cisco 21
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cisco 0 0 14 7 — 21
Navarro 14 24 7 3 — 48
N: Ke’Aun Kinner 18 run (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Ke’Aun Kinner 1 run (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Austin Collins 33 pass from Bivins Caraway (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Austin Collins 20 pass from Carson Earp (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Austin Collins 11 pass from Bivins Caraway (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Carlos Macias 20 FG
C: Carl Whitely 75 pass from Richard Lagow (Dillon Westall kick)
C: Joseph Paden 2 run (John O’Brien kick)
N: Carson Earp 1 run (Carlos Macias kick)
N: Carlos Macias 29 FG
C: Robert Gardner 26 fumble return (John O’Brien kick)
Yardstick C N
First Downs 13 26
By Rush 1 15
By Pass 12 9
By Penalty 0 2
Rush-yards 28-25 48-323
Passing yards 323 277
Total Offense 348 600
Return Yards 121 232
Total Yardage 469 832
C-A-I 17-32-2 21-37-0
Fumbles-lost 3-1 3-2
Punts-avg. 6-39 3-28
Penalties 9-80 8-66
3rd Down Conv 3-12 4-14
4th Down Conv 2-4 2-3
Rushing —C: Joseph Paden 7-29, Dre Raindle 2-4, Richard Lagow 10-(-51), Derek Espraza 3-11, Tre Johnson 1-6, Robert Lee 5-26; N: Ke’Aun Kinner 13-123, Carson Earp 6-1, Mikechell Potts 16-99, Bivins Caraway 2-0, Kijana Amous 11-100.
Passing — C: Lagow 17-32-2-323; N: Earp 9-15-0-109, Caraway 12-22-0-168.
Receiving — C: Tre Johnson 4-112, Addison Bustos 5-93, Aaryn Sharp 1-5, Paden 1-0, Colton Gayle 2-6, Carl Whitely 1-75, Marcus Daggs 1-9, Raindle 1-2, Yzerick Oliver 1-19; N: Austin Collins 6-81, Del’Michael High 6-59, Josh Simmons 4-62, Edwin Mims 3-265, Jabryce Taylor 2-49, Calvin Jones 1-15, Zach Berryman 1-6.