Football

By MIKE MONTFORT    --- Quarterback Parker McNeil's selection as league MVP highlights a list of 16 Navarro football players named to the 2018 All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference team chosen by the league's coaches. Coach Jim Gush's SWJCFC Semifinalist Bulldogs (6-4) placed five (5) on the first-team, seven (7) on the second unit and four (4) honorable mention selections. McNeil, whose 298.9 passing yards per game and 26 touchdowns ranked second statistically in the NJCAA, became the second Navarro player in as many seasons to earn a conference superlative award. Last year, Benjie Franklin was selected as the league's 'Defensive Player of the Year'. McNeil completed 62 percent of his passes (226-363-2989-26) as Navarro's starter.  His statistics rank second in completions and third in attempts, yardage and TD passes in a single season at Navarro. McNeil had an NC-record passing day of 552 yards against TVCC during the regular-season finale that helped to catapult the Bulldogs into the SWJCFC playoffs. Joining McNeil on the mythical all-conference first team were wide receiver Jared Wyatt, offensive lineman Josh Cooper, defensive lineman Trevon Mason, and defensive back Josh Morgan. Wyatt caught 57-970-9, and with Kaylon Geiger, created a 1-2 receiving tandem that caught 123-1917-14. Cooper was a top blocker...

By MIKE MONTFORT   -- ATHENS -- Navarro quarterback Parker McNeil threw for a school-record 552 yards while the Bulldogs rallied from a 15-point deficit and scored 31 unanswered points to finish a 47-31 playoff-qualifying win over TVCC. McNeil completed 29-of-45 passes and threw six touchdown passes. His completions, yardage and TD totals were personal-best games at NC. McNeil threw TD passes to six different players, and he sprayed passes to 11 different receivers as Navarro (6-3) won its third straight game.  He fired TD passes of 26 to Corey Smallwood, 78 to Jared Wyatt, 31 to Keaton Dudik, 30 to Josh Lister, 62 to Kaylon Geiger and five to Gregory Clayton. McNeil surpassed the pass-yardage mark of Adrian Nelson, who completed 28-of-44-542-6 in a 55-51 loss to TVCC at Bruce Field on October 29, 2011. McNeil's top targets Saturday were Geiger (9-208-1) and Wyatt (5-141-1). NC's 1-2 receiving tandem now has combined for 106 catches through nine games. Geiger missed most of the second quarter, but managed to record the first 200-yard-plus receiving game for Navarro since 2015 when Del'Michael High (Tarleton) caught 9-202-1 during a 69-55 loss at Tyler. Wyatt's totals came in the first half. Navarro snapped TVCC's five-game winning streak in the series --...

By MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun It's as complicated as you want to make it, or as simple as 1-2-3. For Jim Gush and his Navarro Bulldogs the wild traffic jam in the conference standings and all the could-be scenarios that could keep you up at night really don't matter. “The main thing for us is to concentrate on our team,” said Gush, whose Dawgs are so close to a playoff berth they can taste it. They're 3-3 in a conference race that could end up with four teams tied for the final playoff berths, or end simply enough with the Dawgs claiming a playoff spot with a victory at Trinity Valley in next week's final regular season game and a loss by Kilgore. That's simple enough. If Kilgore (3-2) loses one of its final two games (the Rangers play at Blinn Saturday and at home next week against Tyler) and the Dawgs win in Athens next week, Navarro is in the playoffs. “There are a lot of scenarios,” Gush said. “There could be four teams tied with tiebreakers and even a coin flip. But we have to win, and that's our focus. That's his message to his team, and you can bet one thing: The...

By MIKE MONTFORT They weathered every storm the tumultuous Saturday had to offer – heavy rains, tornado sightings, delays, distractions, mistakes, overtime – and ultimately, NMMI. In a game finish that may have been more erratic than the weather conditions, Navarro (5-3/3-3) managed to survive all the threats and escape league injury during homecoming with a 56-49 win over the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos. Tre Brown's third interception of the game ended overtime and denied Cody Frampton a potential sixth touchdown pass on his fourth-down heave into the end zone. Frampton, facing fourth-and-goal from Navarro’s nine-yard line, scrambled out of the pocket to his right to avoid Trevon Mason’s pressure, and lofted a throwback for receiver Kaleo Aloha Piceno in the left corner of the end zone.  The 5-foot-10 Piceno first appeared to out-jump 5-foot-9 Brown for possession of the football, but Brown, an Arlington sophomore, was ruled in possession when the battling players fell to the south end zone turf. Aloha meant goodbye to the Broncos’ bid for a road victory, and also goodbye for Brown, who made a jet-propulsion sprint out of the end zone to celebrate with his jubilant teammates after the final play that secured Navarro’s second straight victory –...

By MIKE MONTFORT Navarro scored four touchdowns within a 2:56 span of the first period and cruised to a 70-8 non-conference win Saturday over the Texas A&T Drillers.Coach Jim Gush's Bulldogs led 49-8 at halftime. The teams agreed to play 10-minute quarters with running clock during the second half of the game. The Bulldogs amassed 19 first downs on 37 offensive plays, resulting in 463 yards. Quarterbacks Parker McNeil, Michael Massarella and Zadock Dinkelmann combined to complete 9-of-10 passes for 191 yards and 4 touchdowns.  After McNeil completed 6-of-7 for 108 yards and three scores in the first half, Massarella took snaps during the third period and Dinkelmann came on in the final quarter. Jared Wyatt caught TD passes of 19 and 27 from McNeil in the first period. Josh Lister snagged a 27-yard scoring pass from McNeil in the second quarter. Massarella, during a 16-play third period, threw a 51-yard scoring pass to Keaton Dudik for his first TD of the season. Dudik accounted for 120 yards offense and three touchdowns. He scored on first-half scoring runs of 61 and 4 yards before making the TD reception. Jordan Humphrey led Navarro rushers with 11-109-2. NC's defense contributed a score when linebacker Kody Fulp picked up an A&T fumble...