12 Nov McNeil named league MVP as 16 earn All-SWJCFC honors
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 for a Navarro offense that averaged 36.4 points and 490 yards per game.
Mason, with 23 tackles, five knockdowns, five tackles for losses and two sacks, stabilized a defensive front that yielded a per-game average of 120 rushing yards.
Morgan was the team’s second-leading tackler (55) and had a team-high 12 break-ups.
Navarro’s seven second-teamers included Geiger, running back Travell Lumpkin, center Dau’Quawn Montgomery, tight end Corey Smallwood, defensive lineman David Sow, linebacker Kody Fulp and defensive back Trejon Brown.
Geiger’s second-team selection was surprising, given that the Fort Worth sophomore caught 66-947-5 and accounted for a team-high 1347 all-purpose yards. For his career, Geiger caught passes in his 16 final Navarro games, snagged 7 passes or more in eight games, and had six contests of 100-yard-plus receiving yardage. His 96 career receptions rank third and his 1444 reception yards rank fifth in NC history.
Fulp had a team-high 58 tackles for NC, while Brown had three interceptions in the Bulldogs’ overtime win against NMMI.
Honorable-mention picks were Oregon-bound offensive lineman Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, plus linebackers Carlos Scott, Ricky Scott and Elliott Albert.