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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 MONTFORT   ---      The Region XIV Women's Soccer Semifinal between Navarro and Angelina will be played at 7:30 pm Thursday at Lion Memorial Stadium in Ennis. Navarro (13-1-1), as the second seed, hosts the semifinal, but continued rains here have forced the Bulldogs to move this match to an available artificial-surfaced pitch. The match will be Navarro's second at night this season and first at Ennis -- a city about 25 miles north of Corsicana on I-45 and within the college's service area. Navarro enters the contest ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA and No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches Polls. Third-seeded Angelina (13-5) is ranked No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Navarro’s beaten the Roadrunners six times in as many meetings dating back to 2016. The Bulldogs won regular-season contests 3-2 at The Roark Montgomery Soccer Complex in Corsicana on Wednesday. Sept. 18 and 1-0 at Jase Magers Field in Lufkin on Friday, Oct. 12. The Navarro-Angelina match will feature some of Region XIV’s top players. Teammates Wasila Diwura and Valentina Carvajal of NC, and Jerrisa Grimes of Angelina are the league’s top goal scorers (17 each). Diwura leads the league in points (49) and shots (75), plus ranks second...

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...

TYLER -- Hitomi Kono's free-kick goal with 14:30 left in the first half provided the only score as 2017 national champion and third-ranked Tyler edged No. 1 ranked Navarro, 1-0, on the artificial turf of Pat Hartley Field. The win moves TJC to 15-1-1 on the season and 9-1 in conference play, deadlocked with coach Alicia Wilson's Bulldogs (11-1-1).  Tyler's win avenged a 3-2 loss to Navarro in Corsicana on September 26. Navarro, ranked No. 1 three consecutive weeks since its win in Corsicana, saw streaks of 10 consecutive match wins and 12 matches unbeaten come to an end. Kono, a sophomore midfielder, scored her 15th goal of the year and TJC made it stand up for a sixth straight win. Navarro and Tyler now have met 33 times since the series began in 2008.  There have been 17 matches decided by one goal and there have been nine 1-0 classics between the teams.  Four of the last five matches they've played were 1-0 decisions. Both teams now are wrapping up their regular seasons and building toward the Region XIV Tournament. Working around a rain forecast, TJC has a make-up game scheduled Thursday at Paris and a home match Saturday against Jacksonville.  Navarro has matches...