Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

November 29, 2012

Navarro Football: Dawgs try for another 10-win season at H.O.T Bowl

Corsicana — If Navarro is to keep its pace of double-digit victories in 2012, it had better find a way to keep its focus against what can be a confusing Georgia Military defense and a very diverse offense.

The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs take on 20th-ranked Georgia Military in a matchup of familiar foes on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the 11th Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove.

Navarro (9-2) has posted double-digit victories the last two seasons, but Georgia Military and its 7-3 record may be a bit deceiving as the Bulldogs map strategy to make it three in a row.

Georgia Military coach Bert Williams is a master of a 3-3 stack defense that brings defenders from different lanes across the line of scrimmage and often interrupts even the best blocking offensive lines.

“You’ve got to lock in and stay focused against their defense,” said Navarro coach Brian Mayper. “If you are an offensive lineman, you’d better keep your eyes open and not make mistakes. Once they get up on you, they really get after it. They are a sound football team and really get after you defensively.”

Offensively, GMC has often been on fire behind quarterback Clay Chastain (121-217-7, 20 TDs). The Bulldogs defeated current No. 4 Snow College early in the season, but succumbed to unranked Dean 35-28 and No. 6 Nassau 50-24 before giving No. 1 Iowa Western a scare before losing 55-35.

Chastain was at his best in Georgia Military’s final regular season game, completing 20 of 31 passes for 322 yards and five TDs in a 43-25 win over a solid Lackawanna team.

The Bulldogs have been dependent on a pair of productive running backs most of the season. Mario Alford is averaging 10.4 yards per carry with six scores, though he has not appeared since Oct. 13. Akeem Judd has taken up the slack with 423 yards and five TDs on the ground, including a 10-carry, 155-yard effort vs. Lackawanna.

“They are far from one dimensional offensively,” Mayper said. “They mix the pass in with the run behind a massive offensive line. We’d better be prepared to carry out our assignments to shut down that offense.

“If we focus in, things could snowball for us like it has in some games this season.”

Mayper said he’s seen positive signs in workouts that his Bulldogs can maintain the proper focus in their third straight bowl game.

“We’ve been working at a fast tempo in practice and kept them fresh and healthy,” he said. “I’ve got a good feeling that our kids will be focused on their assignments and playing hard against a very talented Georgia Military team. If, for some reason, they aren’t ready to play, we’re going to have our hands full and getting that 10th win of the season is going to be difficult.”

Text Only
Sports
  • Area schedule for the week

    Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.

    April 18, 2014

  • BG baseball GC Baseball/Softball: Blooming Grove sweeps Rice in baseball and softball

    Blooming Grove's Lions needed this one.
    Heck, they need all of them.
    That's where they're living today on the Blooming Grove diamond, where everyone knew going into Friday's game with Rice that the Lions need to win their final three games to have a chance of nailing down the final playoff spot in District 23-2A.
    One down, two to go.
    “It's in our hands,'' said Blooming Grove Coach Matt Anderson moments after his kids beat Rice 8-0 Friday night. “As long as we take care of our business we'll be fine.''

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • GC Softball/Baseball Roundup: Frost girls win district title

    Frost's Lady Polar Bears needed to win to nail down the district title and they never trailed, jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 clinching victory over Itasca Friday on the road. They wrapped up their second district title in a row with a 9-1 record and enter the playoffs next week at 13-1.

    April 18, 2014

  • CHS Baseball/Softball: Whitehouse sweeps Tigers in baseball and softball

    The Tigers lost a tough game to Whitehouse, 11-3 as the Wildcats' ace, Pat Mahomes, who went four innings and gave up all three runs on two hits and five walks

    April 18, 2014

  • GC Basketball/Baseball: Mildred's Connor Hill sees life clearly

    There was never any doubt for Connor Hill, never any question about what he would do or how he would do it.
    Sure, there was that meeting with his mother and father and talks with the doctor when he was 10, talks and meetings that came accompanied with worry and concern.
    But never from Connor.
    He just never dwelled on the fact he played sports with one eye. He didn't worry or talk about it when he was 10 and he never talked about it at Mildred High, where Hill emerged as a star on the basketball court and baseball diamond.

    April 18, 2014

  • Frost Lady Polar Bears Area Champions.jpg GC Track & Field: Roundup — Frost girls win area meet

    The Frost Lady Polar Bears made a shambles of their district track & field meet last week, scoring 206 points, and they were dominate again in the area meet Thursday, scoring 162 points to win the meet at Blooming Grove.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan:The new endangered species

    Am I just that old, or have amateur athletics gone absolutely nuts these days? On second thought, don’t answer that unless it’s yes to the nuts part.
    High School and college basketball are on the verge of being totally ruined by AAU basketball. Top roundball prospects are identified by the junior high level if not earlier.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field: Area meet Roundup

    Corsicana's Gilfillan wins 4A area pole vault title; Frost girls win 1A area team title, Frost boys finish second

    April 17, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Mildred falls to Riesel, 9-0, on the road

    Mildred managed a hit and struck out 12 times in a 9-0 loss on the road that could have given the Eagles some cushion in the 23-2A standings. They are now 5-6 with a game at league-leading Teague Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • 4-18-14Roman.jpg CHS Soccer: Tigers boys and girls top off season with strong showing on All-District teams

    That tough and gutsy style of play sent both the boys and girls teams into the playoffs and on Thursday the Tigers were rewarded again for their fine seasons as two boys won special honors,four boys were named to the All-District first team and two girls earned first-team honors.
    Michael Roman, who did a little of everything — and did it well — was named the District 28-4A Utility Player of the Year, and sophomore defender Jesus Barreto was named the district's Newcomer of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo