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April 28, 2014

Navarro Football: Bulldogs look fast and sharp in spring game

Corsicana — Navarro’s running game and pass defense were in fine form at the team’s annual Spring Game last Friday at Tiger Stadium.

Using a mixture of veterans and transfer Jamel Jones, the running game appeared in mid-season form behind a veteran offensive line, scoring three times until the passing game finally kicked in behind Carson Earp and transfer Bivins Carraway.

Veteran Keaun Kinner had several long runs, scoring once and fumbling at the 4 after setting up a potential scoring opportunity with a 46-yard gallop.

Mikechell Potts added a 74-yard TD run that was erased because of a chop block penalty and the diminutive sophomore was often hard to get a solid hit on thanks to shifty at the line of scrimmage. Jones proved a suitable blocker for his backfield mates and added a 4-yard scoring run to end the scrimmage.

Earp was sharp at times, including an 80-scoring toss to Austin Collins and then 7 yards to Rory Frazier. Bivins showed off his ability to escape the pass rush numerous times, but he was picked off twice.

“Our quarterbacks were mediocre today at times,” Coach Brian Mayper said. “Bivins made a lot of plays running, but he threw two interceptions. Both were ill-advised passes. Carson threw a couple of really good balls for touchdowns.”

Navarro showed off a speeded up offense it had been working on all spring.

“We were working a lot more at making the offense go faster, like we did in 2012,” Mayper said “We were not quite as fast-paced last year and I wanted to get us back to where we were in 2012.”

The secondary was impressive throughout the scrimmage, either in run support or coverage. Cornerbacks Nakia Brown and Paul Banks had interceptions Linebacker Andre Thompson also had the fumble recovery on Kinner’s bobble near the end zone.

“Nakia Brown and Paul Banks played really well tonight,” Mayper said. “(Linebacker) Chrishard Buhl has really become a leader this spring. (Defensive end) Quincy Vasser has done a lot of great things as well these last few weeks.’’

The Spring Game was attended by numerous scouts, including coaches from Bowling Green, Alabama, Baylor, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Brigham Young.

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