Thrown into the fire a week ago in a critical game against Tyler, quarterback Carson Earp looked relaxed and made confident throws throughout his second start. The freshman quarterback completed 9 of 11 passes in one and half quarters, firing touchdowns of 18 and 6 yards to Markel Steward-Gillespie and 12 yards to Austin Collins. Both of his incompletions were drops that would have gone for first downs.
Alex Allen, caught a 14-yard pass from Earp in the second quarter before taking the quarterback reins for the final series of the first half and the entire second half. Allen was 5 of 6 and added a 14-yard scramble that set up a touchdown in the third period, when Navarro put up its second straight 28-point quarter.
“Carson is a heady player with a lot of poise,” said Mayper, who said earlier in the week he thought Division I and FCS schools overlooked the Waco Robinson product. “It’s good that he was able to get in there today and get some continuity with his receivers and play in live action when the bullets are flying.”
Navarro’s defense was equally impressive against the Spartans, allowing only 11 yards on 26 rushing attempts. Running back Trey Cooper needed a 22-yard run in the third quarter just to get in positive yardage.
Quarterback Ben Holmes was sacked twice, but he found Navarro’s secondary downright smothering. An Orchard Park, N.Y. native, Holmes completed only 9 of 27 passes for 67 yards and was picked off four times. Cornerback Sherman Gilbert intercepted his fourth pass of the season, and teammates Robert Lewis, Alex Miller and Paul Banks added pickoffs.
Southeast Prep’s deepest penetration came after Mikechell Potts muffed a punt at the Navarro 40 late in the first quarter. The Spartans drove to the 17, but a 34-yard field goal was blocked and Zach Berryman picked up the loose ball and rambled 49 yards to the Southeast Prep 6. Earp found Steward-Gillespie on the ensuing play for a 17-0 Navarro lead.