MIAMI, Okla. — —
An 11-yard TD pass from Godfrey to Eddie Johnson with 11:38 until halftime gave the Bulldogs a 14-10 margin after Sohrt’s extra point.
Navarro took advantage of a blocked Garrett Powell punt by freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Day to drive 38 yards in eight plays on the next possession.
Shed concluded the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run at the 8:35 juncture. The point-after by Sohrt gave Navarro a 21-10 cushion.
The Godfrey-to-Johnson duo connected for a 12-yard TD pass with just 0:50 seconds before half to conclude an 80-yard, 11-play drive. Navarro carried a 28-10 advantage to the locker room at half following Sohrt’s PAT.
“I thought it was a big deal in the first half when we created three turnovers,” Patterson said. “But, we only came away with three points instead of at least three field goals which put us in a hole.”
During the third quarter Navarro received a 45-yard touchdown run by Tyler Middleton and a 13-yard TD run by wide receiver Tony Drake to construct a 41-10 cushion.
With time running out in the third quarter, NEO quarterback Clayton Mitchem hit veteran wide out Garrett Powell for a 34-yard TD pass. King’s extra point with just 0:03 seconds showing on the clock created a 41-17 deficit heading into the final 15 minutes.
The Bulldogs offense continued to shred the NEO defense in the fourth quarter as Shed scored on a 28-yard run and tight end Gerard Shillow added a three-yard run. Godfrey connected with wide out Jordan Jolly for a 32-yard touchdown pass at the 9:24 mark.
Playing without the services of starting tailback Gerald Howse, who is sidelined with an ankle problem, the Norse offense managed only 330 total yards while Navarro’s offense accounted for 689 total yards including 535 on the ground.
NEO’s final score was a one-yard plunge by Mitchem with 10:37 left in the game.
Navarro 62, NEO 24
Navarro 7 21 13 21 – 62
Northeastern A&M 10 0 7 7 – 24
NEO – Kevin King 29 FG
N – Darian Godfrey 1 run (Patrick Sohrt kick)
NEO – Casey Curtis 34 run (King kick)
N – Eddie Johnson 11 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N – Traylon Shead 12 run (Sohrt kick)
N – Johnson 12 pass from Godfrey) Sohrt kick)
N – Tyler Middleton 45 run (Sohrt kick)
N – Tony Drake 13 run (kick failed)
NEO – Garrett Powell 34 pass from Clayton Mitchem (King kick)
N – Shead 28 run (Sohrt kick)
NEO – Mitchem 1 run (King kick)
N – Jordan Jolly 32 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N – Gerard Shillow 3 run (Sohrt kick)
First downs 31 22
Rushes-yards 68-535 39-194
Passing yards 154 136
Return yards 12 0
Passes-com-att-int 13-21-1 10-30-2
Punts-avg 0-0 5-33
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 15-175 6-75
RUSHING: Navarro — Shead 17-129, Middleton 6-108, Tim Wright 11-79, Godfrey 17-70, Cameron Washington 3-66, Tony Drake 8-44, Wareall Grogan 3-22, Tarlandus Mitchell 3-18; NEO — Casey 14-123, Mitchem 19-56, Kameron Doolittle 1-11, Gerald Howse 1-3, Sheldon Wilson 4-1.
PASSING: Navarro — Godfrey 13-21-1-154; NEO — Mitchem 10-30-2-136
RECEIVING: Navarro — Jolly 5-75, Johnson 4-42, Shillow 1-18, Shead 1-13, Markel Steward-Gillespie 1-6, Middleton 1-0; NEO — Garrett Powell 4-64, Michael Thompson 2-45, Kameron Doolittle 2-14, Alverey Braxton 1-7, Curtis 1-6.