By MIKE MONTFORT —
Kenny Arthur threw for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns and Navarro’s big-play offense steamrolled to 754 yards during a 65-7 rout of the Cisco Wranglers here Saturday afternoon.
Arthur completed 20-of-32 passes and threw touchdown passes of 44 and 11 yards to Dante Ellis-Thomas, 85 to Matt Reyna, 64 to Keshawn Henderson and 60 to Andre Bonner as the Bulldogs won their second straight SWJCFC game and remained in the league logjam for a playoff slot. Navarro is one of five 3-3 teams fighting for the SWJCFC’s final two playoff slots heading into the final week of the regular season.
Navarro eased to a 37-0 halftime lead as Arthur threw for 325 yards on 16-of-24 passing, and built a lopsided lead in yardage (471-89) by intermission. Cisco managed only nine first downs during the game, but secured its first with 3:58 left in the second period.
While reaching their high-point output of the season, the Bulldogs used reserves most of the second half.
NC used two quarterbacks, seven running backs and nine receivers to produce yardage in the game.
Reyna and Henderson each caught their first TD passes of the season. Gordon rushed for a team-high 94 yards on just six carries, but tallied his longest scoring run from scrimmage with an 82-yarder during the second period. Freshmen rushers DeAndre Cook and Daylon Giddens and quarterback Kyle Fuller each added fourth-period touchdowns.
Hapless Cisco (0-8, 0-6), playing without quarterback Braden Nolen and top running back Darrian Hammonds, totaled 177 yards offense Saturday behind Tekoa McKinnies and Ronald Morgan. McKinnies made his first start, but Monroe, a transfer from Vanderbilt, came in during the second quarter. Monroe threw for 113 yards from 14-of-39 passing and was picked off by Benjie Franklin and Ernest Watts.
The Wranglers got their only touchdown during the third period when Ennis freshman Dee Wilson dashed 82 yards.
The key to unlock a portion of the SWJCFC scramble will present itself Thursday when Blinn travels to Miami, Ok., to face Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Both the Buccaneers and the Norsemen join the Bulldogs, New Mexico Military Institute and Kilgore in the 3-3 playoff contenders.
Navarro concludes its regular season at 3 pm Saturday when it hosts the NMMI Broncos.
NAVARRO 65, CISCO 7
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Cisco 0 0 7 0 – 7
Navarro 16 21 7 21 – 65
NC: Andre Bonner, 60-pass from Kenny Arthur. (Benigno Heredia kick)
NC: Maurice Gordon, 82-run. (Kick failed)
NC: Heredia, 21-FG.
NC: Keshawn Henderson, 64-pass from Arthur. (Heredia kick)
NC: Matt Reyna, 85-pass from Arthur. (Heredia kick)
NC: Dante Ellis-Thomas, 44-pass from Arthur. (Heredia kick)
C: Dee Wilson, 82-run. (Oscar Murguia kick)
NC: Ellis-Thomas, 11-pass from Arthur. (Heredia kick)
NC: DeAndre Cook, 6-run. (Heredia kick)
NC: Daylon Giddens, 54-run. (Heredia kick)
NC: Kyle Fuller, 8-run. (Heredia kick)
YARDSTICK NC CJC
First Downs 21 9
Rushes-Yards 43-315 27-60
Passing Yards 439 117
Passing 24-40-0 16-49-2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-2
Punting 7-26 10-39
Penalties 9-87 9-75
RUSHING: Maurice Gordon 6-94-1; Xavier Turner 9-23-0; Kenny Arthur 7-22-0; Matt Reyna 1-3-0; DeAndre Cook 10-86-1; Kyle Fuller 4-13-1; Daylon Giddens 6-69-1. CJC: Jon Coss 6-19-0; Tokia McInnies 3-(-3); Dominique Daniels 4-4; Dee Wilson 8-78-1; Justin Vaughn 1-(-1); Ronald Monroe 5-(-37).
PASSING: Kenny Arthur 20-32-413-5-0; Kyle Fuller 4-8-26-0-0. CJC: Monroe 14-39-113-0-2; McKinnies 2-10-8-0-0.
RECEIVING: Devonte Mims 7-48-0; Andre Bonner 1-60-1; Dante Ellis-Thomas 3-72-2; Keshawn Henderson 5-104-1; Maurice Gordon 2-0-0; Tim Taylor 3-28-0; Matt Reyna 1-85-1; Logan Chipman 1-4-0; Jalen Davis 1-9-0.