Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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November 10, 2012

SWJCFC Championship: Bulldogs pound NEO 62-24

Navarro plays in Heart of Texas Bowl next

MIAMI, Okla. — —

Outscored 34-14 in the final two quarters, the fourth-ranked Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen suffered a 62-24 shellacking Saturday at the hands of ninth-rated Navarro College in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship at Robertson Field.
While snapping a five-game winning streak, the regular-season conference champion Golden Norse are 9-2 on the year and await a possible invitation to a post-season bowl game. The 10 National Junior College Athletic Association bowls will extend invitations to teams by Tuesday.
Although head coach Brian Mayper is completing his first season as the Bulldogs head coach, Navarro has won three consecutive SWJCFC post-season titles. The Bulldogs are also 9-2 on the year after gaining redemption for a 26-24 loss sustained to the Norsemen two weeks ago in the regular season finale at Robertson Field.
Despite a steady 35-mph wind from the south, the Golden Norse defense created a scoring opportunity on Navarro’s opening possession.
Bulldog quarterback Darian Godfrey fumbled the ball at his own 13-yard line and NEO freshman linebacker Zach Maynard fell on the loose ball.
Unable to reach the endzone, the Norsemen settled for a 29-yard field goal by Kevin King with 11:43 left in the first quarter.
Moving with the wind at their back, the Bulldogs covered 80 yards on six plays to take the lead. Godfrey hit running back Tyler Middleton on passes of 36 and eight yards while tailback Traylon Shed added a 14-yard run.
A one-yard plunge by Godfrey at the 7:24 mark and the extra point by Patrick Sohrt gave Navarro a 7-3 lead.
Just two plays into their next possession the Norsemen regained the lead as freshman tailback Casey Curtis burst up the middle for a 34-yard TD run. King’s PAT produced a 10-7 Norse lead with 6:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter sophomore defensive tackle Andre Young recovered a fumble by Curtis at the NEO 20-yard line.

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