Two weeks removed from their last meeting, Navarro and Tyler will square off here again at 3 pm Saturday when the Southwest Junior College Football Conference semifinal playoffs start at Tiger Stadium.
The 2014 SWJCFC Final Four offers two tantalizing pairings, featuring high-scoring heavyweights separated by a 110-mile stretch of Texas Highway 31 — and all ranked among the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Top 15 teams.
As final regular-season games and tiebreakers dictated last Saturday, second-seeded Navarro and third-seeded Tyler (both 7-2, 4-2) will meet in Corsicana for the second time in three weeks with the prospects of another exhausting contest to match the record ,103-point single-game aggregate scoring mark when they last met.
The teams may very well meet or exceed 58-45. After all, Saturday’s matchup features two of the top five scoring offenses in NJCAA football. Tyler ranks second in points scored (519) and per-game average (57.7), while Navarro stands fourth in points scored (476) and fifth in per-game average (52.9).
Recent historic trends further support the case. Since 1996, eight Navarro-TJC matchups have produced 80 or more points.
As the Bulldogs and Apaches tee off, fourth-seeded Kilgore (7-2, 4-2) will square off against unbeaten top-seeded and third-ranked Trinity Valley (9-0, 6-0) at Bruce Field in Athens. In their previous meeting on September 20, the Cardinals scored a 52-35 win.
Saturday’s winners meet for the championship November 8 at the home of the highest-remaining seeds.
Navarro will be trying to reach the SWJCFC Championship game for the 8th consecutive season.