No. 5 Navarro (9-2) vs. No. 20 Georgia Military (7-3)
C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl
Saturday, 11 a.m.
At Bulldawg Stadium, Copperas Cove
Radio: KAND 1340 AM
Recent History: Navarro has won the last eight meetings, including a 29-18 win in Milledgeville, Ga. In 2011. Navarro owns a 10-4 record in the all-time series.
Key Players: Navarro: QB Stump Godfrey, RB Traylon Shead, WR-KR Tony Drake, TE Gerard Shillow, RB Tyler Middleton, LB D.J. Simon, RB Tim Wright, DE Andre Ross, T Aleon Calhoun, T Zach Fondal, G Mitchell Bell, DT Arnold Blackmon, DE Michael Jolivet, C John Studdard, DT Terrell Brooks. GMC: QB Clay Chastain, OLB DeAngelo Jennings, ATH Mario Alford, OL Trenton Brown, OL Tre Carter, DE Deondre Willis, DB Deangelo Jennings, LB Brandon Golson, CB Ronnie Martin, S Neville Hewitt, CB Tiquention Coleman, K Chris Bell, WR Kevin Gary, RB Akeem Judd, DB Quintavious Knight.
Game Notes: Georgia Military averages more than 6-5, 315 per man across the offensive line, giving ample protection for Chastain and opening holes for Alford and Judd . . . Alford was averaging 10.4 yards per carry but has not run the ball since GMC’s sixth game. Alford is an Arizona commit, as is LB Golson, who has plyed in only 4 games this season . . . Chastain has been impressive in his freshman season, throwing for 1,907 yards and 20 TDs. Most impressively is that he has been sacked only once all year . . . Gary is GMC’s leading receiver, averaging 20.7 yards per catch. He’s scored on 7 of his 21 catches . . . K Bell is 8 of 14 on field goals . . . Hewitt leads GMC with 54 tackles . . . DBs Coleman and Knight both have 4 INTs this season . . . Navarro will be playing with CB Montell Garner and first-team all-conference S Thomas McDonald, the latter dropping below the necessary hours to remain eligible during the season . . . Shead has committed to SMU and Jolivet is pledged to Houston . . . Godfrey is looking at returning to New Mexico, but has received an offer from Arkansas State and is eyeing UNLV. T Fondal is considering Kansas, South Florida and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders and South Florida are the final pairing for T Calhoun. G Bell tripped to Kansas recently. Bell had committed to Arkansas earlier this season, but back away after the coaching turmoil and the Razorbacks’ poor showing in the SEC this year. A player who could benefit from a big game is WR Eddie Johnson. Once a Baylor signee, Johnson is being pursued by Florida Atlantic, but could have a bevy of recruiters with a solid showing vs. GMC’s talented secondary.