Football

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun   Northeastern Oklahoma A&M players sprinkled a little dirt on the Tiger Stadium playing surface to make it feel like home on Saturday. Sixty minutes later, the Golden Norse were eager for a bit of the real thing. Navarro stormed into the Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoffs with a resounding 62-16 victory over NEO on Saturday after a 41-2 second-half blitzkrieg that featured a diverse offense and devastating defense. Navarro (7-2 overall, 4-2 in SWJCFC play) will be the third-seed and play at Tyler next Saturday afternoon at 3 pm at Trinity Mother Frances-Rose Stadium in the first round of the playoffs. Tyler defeated Kilgore 42-12 Saturday.  Saturday's other 3 pm semifinal bracket will pair fourth-seed Blinn against top-seeded Trinity Valley at Bruce Field in Athens. The Bulldogs sprinted to a 14-0 lead but trudged through the second quarter, allowing a pair of NEO touchdowns for a 21-14 lead at the break. But it was all Navarro in the final two stanzas. Navarro picked up touchdown passes of 7 and 67 yards to James Jordan and Devin Lauderdale, respectively, and Tim Wright’s third rushing touchdown to stretch its lead in the third quarter. Carlos Macias booted a...

BY ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun   Tim Wright hears about the game all the time, almost nauseatingly so. It was Jonathan Gray vs. Tim Wright or Tim Wright vs. Jonathan Gray, depending on who you were talking to at the moment. But all Wright remembers is a game lost. Forget the historic numbers the two prolific running backs compiled or the dazzling first half that set Cowboys Stadium ablaze with excitement. Instead, it was a loss and Tim Wright absolutely abhors losing. “I was just talking about that game with somebody yesterday,’’ said the Navarro College running back, referring to the 2010 Class 4A title game that Wright’s La Marque team lost to Aledo, 69-34. “I don’t mind talking about it, but in the end, it was a loss and I just don’t like losing a game, whenever, it happens.” Many high school fans herald that title game as one of the most exciting in history, in part to Gray’s 323-yard, eight-touchdown performance. La Marque kept it close for a half thanks almost solely to Wright, who rushed for 202 yards and two scores and caught three passes for 54 yards and another TD. But as it has been for...

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun   After watching a 21-point lead vanish in the third quarter last week, Navarro Coach Brian Mayper is staying wary of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs eventually scored 14 answered points and leaned on a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter to drop Blinn, 42-28, last week. NEO, which upset Navarro during the regular season last year, limps into its final game of the season with a 3-5 record and out of the SWJCFC playoff race with a 1-4 mark. That contrasts Navarro’s chance, albeit an outside one, of hosting a first-round playoff game next week. At 6-2 overall and 3-2 in league play, the Bulldogs may be destined for a return visit to Tyler, which defeated Navarro 17-7 earlier this year. If Navarro and Tyler win, Navarro will visit the Apaches in the first round. If Navarro and Kilgore (3-4, 3-2) defeats Tyler (7-1, 4-1), it will come down to a points system. If things break the Bulldogs’ way, they will host Kilgore in the first round and Tyler will play at Trinity Valley. If Navarro loses to NEO, it will be the fourth seed and play at...

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun   BRENHAM —      Navarro got the victory it needed, though it wasn’t without a few tense moments in the second half. The Bulldogs raced to a 21-point first-half lead, Blinn rallied to tie the game in the third period and Navarro responded by grinding out a pair of fourth-quarter scores for a 42-28 win Saturday at Cub Stadium. The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Navarro can clinch a playoff berth next Saturday when it hosts Northeastern Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Blinn is now 4-5 and 2-3 and effectively out of the playoff picture. Navarro jumped to a 21-0 lead with TD runs of 2 and 59 yards by Tim Wright and Aaron Shaw’s 15-yard return of a blocked punt. After Darrion Landry caught a 29-yard pass from quarterback Logan Vinklarek midway in the second quarter, Navarro’s Cameron Washington scored the first of his two touchdowns for a 28-7 Navarro lead at the break. Blinn then went on a scoring spree in the third quarter with touchdown runs by Kyle Fulks, Klartel Claridy and Garry Kimble. Now tied at 28, the Bulldogs responded with a nine-play, 65-yard drive that covered 3:36...

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Daily Sun Apparently, dancers are often plagued by sesamoiditis, a condition that affects the first metatarsal bone where it connects to the big toe, better known as the ball of your foot. Now, imagine a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman with a sesamoid bone break. Carter Wall does not look like a dancer. A woodsman with a bushy beard maybe, but definitely not a dancer. For the last several weeks, the Navarro College offensive lineman has had to deal with a broken sesamoid bone in his right foot. It caused him to miss two games and now he’s going to move from the right to left side of the offensive line so his plant foot for pass blocking is unimpaired. But don’t feel sorry for the former TCU signee. In his two-year tenure at Navarro, he’s played virtually every position along the offensive front, including a stint as an emergency center replacement. “I can’t put any weight on that (right) side and I’ve got to be able to push off on that foot when I’m pass blocking,” said the Fort Bend Travis graduate. “But I’m good to go. I can and will play.” Wall came to Navarro in...