Corsicana — When Navarro needed a big second half from its defense in Week 2 against No. 6-ranked Hutchinson, it responded by shutting down the Blue Dragons en route to a 25-point victory.
The Bulldogs needed another huge effort on that side of ball again on Saturday and the defense once again stepped to the fore, allowing zero points, 43 yards and registering four sacks as Navarro defeated Kilgore, 35-21, at Tiger Stadium.
Navarro’s victory, coupled with top-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast’s loss on Thursday, should allow the Bulldogs to ascend to the NJCAA No. 1 ranking this week.
The excitement about the big win over co-SWJCFC favorite Kilgore and the almost assured new No. 1 ranking will be tempered by the probable loss of starting quarterback Josh Greer. The sophomore injured his throwing shoulder on Navarro’s next-to-last series. He went to Navarro Regional Hospital for x-rays after the game.
Fellow sophomore Alex Allen will be primed to take over the reigns of the Navarro offense and the Bulldogs will have to burn the redshirt of freshman Carson Earp, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound Waco Robinson grad who the coaching staff has praised throughout fall workouts.
The Bulldogs will get to relish their fourth straight win for at least a couple of days before worrying about their quarterback situation.
Navarro found itself tied at 21 with Kilgore at the half thanks to a huge imbalance in field position and inconsistent offensive play in the opening two stanzas.
But that wasn’t a problem in the second half when running backs Tim Wright and Cameron Washington helped the Bulldogs control the clock and the scoreboard.
Wright, who led all rushers with 135 yards, scored on a 16-yard run in the third period and Washington stepped off a 28-yarder midway in the fourth quarter as part of his 100-yard night.