Football

MIAMI, Ok. -- Tenth-ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M stopped high-powered Navarro on three field goals Saturday, and used Tommy Heatherly's 39-yard field goal with 7:56 left as a difference as the Golden Norsemen edged the Bulldogs, 10-9. NEO (4-1/2-1) scored the game's only touchdown after its opening drive as Tariq Bitson caught a 25-yard Clayton Sims pass to end a nine-play, 52 yard march with 10:51 left in the first period. The Golden Norsemen were held scoreless on nine consecutive drives until Heatherly was called upon in the fourth quarter to hit his second field goal of the season. Coach Jim Gush's Bulldogs (3-3/2-3) battled through some missed opportunities, but kept chipping away at NEO's lead as freshman Jace Ingram nailed field goals in each of the final three periods of play. Ingram, who missed a 41-yard, first-quarter attempt, connected on 37, 38, and 38-yard attempts. Ingram's 37-yarder in the second period occurred at the end of a 14-play, 63-yard drive of 6:05.  He added a 39-yarder with 2:14 left in the third quarter that pulled NC within 7-6. Following a shanked punt that gave NEO position near midfield, Heatherly countered with a 39-yard field goal at the end of a 10-play, 4:32 possession and lifted...

By TODD WILLS / Special To The Sun Jace Ingram has made one field goal in a game in his life. That is was a 30-yard, game-winning field goal with one second left to propel No. 18 Navarro to a 31-29 victory over No. 15 Georgia Military on Thursday night is almost hard to believe. Especially considering the 18-year-old freshman had a 32-yard field goal attempt get blocked earlier in the fourth quarter. "I was really speechless to be honest," said Ingram of his season-opening heroics at Tiger Stadium. Ingram expected to redshirt this season, but he beat out two other kickers for the job.  He handled only kickoffs as a senior at Melissa High School because of an injury to his right leg.  He never tried a field goal as a junior because his coach liked to go for it on fourth down. He made made all four of his extra points against Georgia Military, but that doesn't prepare a kicker for the pressure he faced with the Bulldogs trailing 29-28 after leading most of the game.  Especially when your previous field goal attempt comes right back at you, like the one that was blocked with 11:41 left in the game. "I was proud of him,"...

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Navarro College offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb on Monday signed a free-agent contract to play with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. Webb (6-7, 331) joined his sixth NFL club.  The former seventh-round draft choice from West Texas A&M via Navarro College replaces injured offensive lineman Jared Machorro, who was waived from the Colts' roster. Webb has started 64 of the 80 career games that he has played in the NFL.  He's spent time with the Seattle Seahawks (2016), Oakland Raiders (2015), Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Minnesota Vikings (2013-14) and the Chicago Bears (2010-12). Webb started 44 of 46 games he played with Chicago after the Bears selected him with the 218th overall pick of the 2010 draft. Machorro was an undrafted free-agent signee from Texas A&M-Commerce, where the two-time all-conference selection was named Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2017....

LINDALE -- Razor-close polls released Friday at SWJCFC Media Day put the Navarro Bulldogs in July as a contender for the league's post-season tournament. The SWJCFC's eight head coaches picked Navarro second with two-first place ballots and 49 total points.  Meanwhile, 11 voting members of the media selected the Bulldogs fourth with two first-place ballots and 63 points. A total of three points separate the predicted top four by the coaches.  A total of 11 points separate a projected qualifying final four from media members.  The spreads indicate from both voting groups that the league race will be a battle for a third straight season. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M was selected as the league's No. 1 team by coaches and media members.          ...

By ROB LUDWIG / Special To The Corsicana Sun Photos By Keith Speer Navarro held its first spring game under new coach Jim Gush last Saturday and the Bulldogs appeared pretty salty on both sides of the ball. Gush served a year as the Bulldog defensive coordinator before he took over the program from three-year head coach Cody Crill in January. Crill exited to become the offensive coordinator at Incarnate Word. A longtime defensive assistant at Baylor, SMU, Kansas State and Iowa State, Gush is very familiar with junior college football. Gush spent 16 seasons at Garden City, Kan., the final three as head coach when he lead his team to a 29-7 record and three top 10 finishes in the NJCAA poll. Gush stressed the basics during his first spring as the Bulldog head coach and he was pleased with the effort and willingness to learn from his charges. “We had a productive spring,” Gush said after the game at Tiger Stadium. “We got something out of all 20 practices. We really worked on the fundamentals on both sides, especially our base and pad level. We stressed the fundamentals during spring practices. Hunter McWilliams was elevated to offensive coordinator earlier this spring and the son...