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Stretched to the limit, Cardinals pull away, 46-41

By ROB LUDWIG / Corsicana Sun   —

ATHENS — Navarro had rival Trinity Valley staggering on Saturday, but ultimately left Bruce Field disappointed with a 46-41 loss and  its inability to convert Cardinal mistakes in a key span of the third quarter.

FB16 - TV1After a dramatic rally in the final five minutes of the first half that netted a one-point lead, Navarro continued its pressure in the third quarter, driving inside the 20 three straight possessions but coming away with only seven points.

On the first two drives, Navarro fumbled at the 26 and Aldolfo Chavira’s 26-yard field goal was wide left.

Trinity Valley retook the lead on Michael Curtis’ 79-yard scoring pass to Travier Jackson.

Now trailing 34-27, Navarro stuck to its running game with devastating effect. Maurice Gordon (20 carries, 149 yards), found a huge hole on the left side the Trinity Valley defense and appeared on his way to a 68-yard touchdown run. But a block-in-the-back penalty took the ball out of the end zone and back to the Cardinal 15.  Quarterback Devlin Isadore (33-51-1-3-414) located Dante Ellis-Thomas on fourth-and-goal from the 20 and the freshman twisted and fought his way into the end zone, knotting the score at 34.

FB16 - TV4The third-ranked Cardinals scored on its next two possessions and Navarro was able to only respond once as Isadore closed and 11-play, 99-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring toss to Domininque Harries with 2:32 remaining in the game.

 The teams combined for 1,347 yards. Trinity Valley, winner of the last five meetings between the teams, recorded 676 total yards, averaging 8.6 yards per play. Quarterbacks Curtis and Rayjohn Austin-Ramsey combined for 447 yards through the air.

Navarro had 671 total yards on 90 plays. Receiver Andre Bonner, a transfer from Trinity Valley, caught four passes for 110 yards, including 49- and 42-yard scoring receptions. Harris added 10 catches for 111 yards and Tim Taylor added 98 yards on seven receptions.

Backup quarterback Kenny Arthur completed both of his passes 46 yards, including a well-disguised play that appeared to be a throwback to Isadore. Arthur instead located a streaking Bonner for a touchdown with 1:11 left in the first half. After a  Cardinal three-and-out, Navarro was back on the move, driving inside the TVCC 20 for Chavira’s 35-yard field goal with no time showing on the clock.

Trinity Valley 46, Navarro 41
SCORE BY QUARTERRS
Navarro            14          13          7            7            —          41
Trinity Valley 16          10          14          6            —          46

Scoring Summary

First Quarter:
T — Caden Novikoff 24 FG, 9:39
T — Cedric Battle 1 run (kick failed), 5:41
N — Andre Bonner 49 pass from Devlin Isadore (Aldolfo Chavira kick), 5:09
T — Adam Berryman 55 run (Novikoff kick), 3:21
N — Maurice Gordon 25 run (Chavira kick), 1:06

Second Quarter:
T — Novikoff 34 FG, 9:13
T — Phillip Baptiste 59 pass from Michael Curtis (Novikoff kick), 5:42
N — Chavira 36 FG, 4:52
N — Bonner 42 pass from Kenneth Arthur (Chavira kick), 1:11
N — Chavira 35 FG, 0:00

Third Quarter:
T — Travier Jackson 79 pass from Curtis (Curtis pass to Damontes Dowell), 6:09
N — Dante Ellis-Thomas 20 pass from Isadore (Chavira kick), 4:13
T — Berryman 53 run (kick blocked), 2:35

Fourth Quarter:
T — Jalen Guyton 57 pass from Curtis (kick failed), 14:49
N — Dominique Harris 7 pass from Isadore (Chavira kick), 2:32

Yardstick                      T                  N

First Downs                    28                  35
Rushes-Yards                39-229          37-211
Passing Yards               447                 460
Passing                         22-40-0          35-53-1
Fumbles-Lost               2-2                 2-2
Punting                        5-45                7-32
Penalties                     14-142             5-60

Individual Statistics
Rushing — N: Maurice Gordon 20-149, Xavier Turner 9-78, Devlin Isadore 6-(-23), Kenneth Arthur 2-7;  T: Cedric Battle 9-45, Kam Williams 1-(-4), Rayjohn Austin-Ramsey 5-(-13), Michael Curtis 13-56, Adam Berryman 10-139, Le’vonte Owens 5-1,  D.J. Hicks 1-5.

Passing — N: Isadore 33-51-1-414, Arthur 2-2-0-46; T: Austin-Ramsey 11-20-0-205; Curtis 11-20-0-242.

Receiving — N: Dante Ellis-Thomas 2-29, Andre Bonner 4-110, Tim Taylor 7-98, Dominique Harris 10-111, Keshun Henderson 5-68, Gordon 4-5, Turner 2-6, DeAndre Cook 1-(-7); T: Prince Robinson 1-4, Tony Mullins 2-68, Williams 1-26, Jalen Guyton 5-161, Ralphlauren McCauley 3-4, Hicks 1-2, Phillip Baptiste 3-78, Anthony Turner 2-6, Damontes Dowell 1-10, Battle 1-7, Travier Jackson 1-79.


SWJCFC Scores from Week 2:  September 1-4
TVCC 46, Navarro 41; NMMI 52, NEO 45; Blinn 26, Cisco 13; Kilgore – Open Date.  Thursday: Tyler 63, Texas A&T 0.


NAVARRO QBs WITH 400-PLUS PASSING GAMES
Player PC-PA-YDS-TD Opponent Date
1 Eric Rekeita 30-47-461-6  Tyler Oct 6, 2001
2 Adrian Nelson 28-44-542-6 TVCC Oct 29, 2011
3 Adrian Nelson 25-35-433-4 NMMI Dec 3, 2011
4 Devlin Isadore 32-55-426-5 NEO Oct 10, 2015
5 Devlin Isadore 28-42-439-5 Tyler Oct 17, 2015
6 Devlin Isadore 33-51-414-3 TVCC Sept 3, 2016