Navarro at Kilgore
At R.E. St. John Stadium
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Radio: KAND 1340 AM
Records: 13th-ranked Navarro (7-2) and 8th-ranked Kilgore (8-1)
Recent History: Navarro and Kilgore combined for 37 penalties in the Rangers’ 45-35 win earlier this season.
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, G Mitchell Bell, T Aleon Calhoun, C-T Carter Wall, DT Arnold Blackmon, DE Michael Jolivet, DT Andre Young, DT Terrell Brooks. Kilgore: QB Emory Miller, QB Tanner Tausch, RB Karrion Morrisey, WR Ed’Marques Batties, WR Darrin Brown, P/K Dylan Nowak, LB Charles Woods, S James Jones.
Game Notes: Navarro hopes to shake its continuing issues with penalties. Returning to the site of its worst penalty game of the season could make matters interesting. The Bulldogs are ranked next to last in the NJCAA in penalties, averaging more than 11 per game for 103 yards. Navarro had 20 in the first game against Kilgore, but the Rangers were not far behind with 17 . . . QB Tausch is coming into his own for Kilgore. He threw for a season-high 461 yards and 4 TDs in a rout of Tyler last week. He has 11 TDs this season, but leads the conference with 8 INTs. . . . Tausch’s favorite receiver is Ed’Marquees Batties, who leads the conference with 55 catches, 785 yards and 9 TDs . . . LB Woods has the inside track on All-America honors after a regular season in which he averaged 12 tackles per game, forced five fumbles and recovered 3. He also had 16 TFLs for minus-65 yards . . . Shead leads the conference in rushing with 110.4 yards per game and is 6 yards short of 1,000. He also leads the league in scoring (90 points). He had 104 yards in the first Kilgore game . . . Godfrey struggled throughout Game 1, completing just 11 of 31 passes for 147 yards and 1 interception . . . Corsicana’s Thomas McDonald leads Navarro and is ranked fifth in the league with 8 tackles per game.