GAME NOTES: Football v. Texas A&T Saturday

RECORDS: Texas A&T (0-3); Navarro (1-2, 1-1)
RADIO: KAND-1340 AM, Corsicana
BROADCAST: Steve Petty (play-by-play); Ronnie Greer (color commentary).
NEWSPAPER COVERAGE: Corsicana Sun by Rob Ludwig
LIVE TWEETS: @NavarroSports   Tweets feed to Navarro College Athletics page on Facebook


2015 HOME OPENER: After three games and an open date, first-year coach Cody Crill’s Bulldogs make their homefield debut. The regular season is almost one month old, but Saturday’s game will not be Navarro’s latest home opener.

The first home game of the 2007 season occurred on Thursday, Sept. 22, when coach Ray Woodard’s Bulldogs defeated Tyler, 63-28. That season, Navarro opened with a 17-16 loss at Fort Scott. Then, it followed up a bye week with a 42-33 win over New Mexico Military Institute at Midlothian Stadium, and a 28-26 conference-opening loss at Kilgore.

Coincidentally, the 2007 season marked the last time a Navarro football team found itself with a 1-2 record after three games.

In the final year of old Tiger Field, the 2005 home opener under coach Chuck Lawrence didn’t occur until a homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 8, when the Bulldogs edged Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, 16-15.

WELCOME HOME: Since the 2006 opening of Tiger Stadium, Navarro is 41-7 here. Since 2007, the Bulldogs are 40-5 at Tiger Stadium and lost only two regular-season games on this turf. The only blemishes include SWJCFC Championship game losses to Blinn in 2008 (49-24) and 2009 (45-34), an SWJCFC Semifinal Playoff loss to Tyler in 2014 (70-52) and regular-season losses to Trinity Valley in 2013 (35-7) and 2014 (66-30).

ON POINT: For three consecutive seasons, the Bulldogs have re-set team single-season scoring records. They’ve scored 50 or more points in 9 of their last 13 games. On cue this season, Navarro averages 47.7 points and 560 yards through 3 games. The Bulldogs average 178 yards on the ground and 382 through the air.

THE OPPONENT: The new name is the Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology (Texas A&T), replacing Southeast Prep Academy. A red-and-white color scheme has replaced a green-and-white look. The nickname ‘Drillers” has replaced the “Spartans”.

Texas A&T’s Drillers are 0-3 this season. They’ve been outscored 140-40 in losses to SWJCFC opponents Blinn (38-3), Northeastern Oklahoma (53-23) and, most recently, Kilgore (49-14).

OLD SCHOOL: Navarro met Southeast Prep Academy three times (2012-14), twice in Corsicana. The Bulldogs outscored the Spartans 213-31 with wins of 70-7 in 2012, 80-0 in 2013, and 63-24 in 2014 at Joe Raitano Field in Santa Fe, Tx. Despite its willingness to play a SWJCFC schedule, Southeast Prep never has beaten one of the league’s teams.

STATISTICAL LEADERS: The explosive Bulldogs have several players among the NJCAA statistical leaders after three games:

Bivins Caraway FB156    QB   BIVINS CARAWAY  — Ranks 4th in passing yards per game (343.5) and tied for 4th in touchdown passes thrown (11)….Completed 58.3% of his passes (85-146) for 1036 yards and only 2 interceptions….Directs an offense that ranks 10th in scoring and per-game average (47.7 points)


15   WR   CALVIN JONES, Jr. — Ranks 6th is receiving yardage (338 Calvin Jones Jr FB15yards) and is tied for 13th in receptions (19)….Tied for 4th with teammate Del’Michael High in touchdown receptions (4). 



Del'Michael High FB153   WR   DEL’MICHAEL HIGH — Tied for 4th in receptions (22) and 19th in receiving yardage (262 yards)….Tied for 4th with teammate Calvin Jones, Jr., in touchdown receptions (4).



JB Copeland FB1541   LB   JB COPELAND —  Sophomore transfer from New Mexico State ranks 3rd in total tackles (41) and averages 13.7 stops.




Jacob Blomstrom FB1545   LB   JAKE BLOMSTROM — Freshman ranks 13th in total tackles (32) and averages 10.7 stops.




Patrick O'Brien FB1540   PK    PATRICK O’BRIEN — Ranks 6th in kick-scoring with 29 points from 3-of-4 field goals and 20 consecutive conversions.