By ROB LUDWIG / Corsicana Sun —
It was an offensive coordinator’ s best dream that doesn’t include his wife, kids and a Heisman winner begging to transfer to your college.
The Navarro offense, much-maligned for its consistency and the inability to convert in the red zone, slammed into another gear on Saturday as the Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 71-6 homecoming victory over Arkansas Baptist at Tiger Stadium.
The Bulldogs set season highs in, well, just about every offensive category.
Total offense (716 yards).
Passing yards (386 yards on 23-of-42 passing).
Rushing (330 yards on 55 carries).
First downs (34, 17 in each half).
That offensive explosion gives Navarro renewed confidence entering next week’s key matchup on the road with No. 4 Tyler, a must-win game if the Bulldogs hope to make the postseason. Tyler rallied from 15 points down in the final 26 minutes to slip past No. 6 Blinn on the road, 34-22.
Navarro (2-3 overall, 0-3 in the SWJCFC) will enter Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium with a stagger for the first time in weeks after putting up huge numbers against an outmatched Arkansas Baptist team.
Quarterback Harry Woodbery is one of the Bulldogs who will be brimming with confidence next week. Troubled at times with ball security the last three weeks, Woodbery transformed from Ryan Leaf to Len Dawson for a day. Woodbery was a smooth 15 of 21 for 255 yards and touchdown passes of 25 yards to Troy Edwards, 25 yards to Kaylon Geiger and a pinpoint 14-yarder through double coverage as Navarro built a 47-6 lead at the half.
Woodbery’s three touchdown passes came during eight straight completions. He finished the half converting 8 of 11 passes.
Navarro compiled more than 400 yards in the first half, with its rushing prowess almost as impressive as the passing attack.
Lead running back DeAndre Cook carried only 12 times in his one half of play, but he chewed up 66 yards, including a pair of 6-yard TD runs.
Kicker Benigno Heredia booted a 38-yard field goal in the first half and added a 21-yarder in the second half, giving him 10 for the season and 20 for a his career.
The Navarro defense was just as impressive against Arkansas Baptist. The Bulldogs shut down the Buffaloes completely, particularly in the first half when ABC had only two positive plays, mixed with 14 negative attempts, including five sacks.
Arkansas Baptist was saddled with zero total yards until the final play of the half when quarterback Stedman Lanigan hooked up with Raheem Brummitt for a 49-yard TD pass.
It did not get much better for the Buffaloes in the second half. Although Lanigan became more effective throwing the ball, Navarro still controlled the line of scrimmage. Arkansas Baptist was held to a staggering minus-89 yards on 29 attempts.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were playing most of second teamers on offense with little changed in effectiveness.
Travell Lumpkin (93 yards on 16 carries), scored from 4 yards and Devin Henderson added a 5-yard TD scamper for a 17-point third-period.
Backup quarterback Derrick Ponder added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brian Williams with 4:31 left in the contest.
Navarro’s defense yielded only 170 yards and 10 first downs. In addition to the fierce pass rush that netted 10 sacks, cornerback Dominic Cameron had an interception.
Navarro 71, Arkansas Baptist 6
Arkansas Baptist 0 6 0 0 â€” 6
Navarro 23 24 17 7 â€” 71
N€ – DeAndre Cook 6 run (Benigno Heredia kick), 11:32
NC – Troy Edwards 25 pass from Harry Woodbery (Heredia kick), 4:03
NC – Cook 6 run (Heredia kick), 1:37
NC – Safety, ball snapped out of end zone, :04
NC – Matt Reyna 14 pass from Woodbery (Heredia kick), 13:59
NC – Kaylon Geiger 25 pass from Woodbery (Heredia kick), 10:41
NC – Heredia 38 FG, 5:52
NC – Mori Evans 2 run (Heredia kick), 2:04
ABC – Raheem Brummitt 49 pass from Stedman Lanigan (kick failed), 0:00
NC – Travell Lumpkin 4 run (Heredia kick), 7:07
NC – Benigno Heredia 21 FG, 4:16
NC – Devin Henderson 5 run. (Heredia kick), 0:05
NC – Brian Williams 23 pass from Derrick Ponder. (Heredia kick), 4:31
YARDSTICK A N
First Downs 10 34
Rushes-Yards 29(-89) 55-330
Passing Yards 259 386
Passing 20-36-1 23-42-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Punting 7-29 0-0
Penalties 7-40 9-75
Rushing – N: DeAndre Cook 12-66, Trae Armstrong 4-22, Mori Evans 16-104, Harry Woodbery 1-14, Travell Lumpkin 16-93, Devin Johnson 5-26, Derrick Ponder 1-5; A: Nico Younger 7-(-12), Stedman Lanigan 14-(-31), Malik Brasfield 1-(-1), Jordan Barlow 5-(-15), Taurean Grady 1-0., Team 1-(-30).
Passing – N: Woodbery 15-21-0-255, Ponder 8-21-0-131. A: Lanigan 14-23-0-233, Barlow 5-13-0-26.
Receiving – N: Matt Reyna 1-14, Troy Edwards 2-35, Kaylon Geiger 6-102, Josh Lister 6-95, Devonte Mims 1-16, Kyle Townsend 2-23, Armstrong 1-6, Brian Williams 3-43, B.J. Chambers 1-12; A: Kendrel Johnson 6-44, Kinah Humphrey 4-37, Brasfield 3-7, Grady 1-6, Preston Johnson 3-28, Jeremy Hampton 2-88, Raheem Brummitt 1-49.
SWJCFC SCORES SATURDAY:
Navarro 71, Arkansas Baptist 6 (Non-conference)
Tyler 34, Blinn 22
NEO 42, Kilgore 14
TVCC 56, NMMI 29
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