Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 5, 2013

NC Football: A good bye week

By MikePhillips

Corsicana — Most bye weeks come and go and are pretty forgettable.

But not for Navarro College.

As bye weeks go, this has been a good one for the Bulldogs.

Not only did Navarro move up in the polls — from No. 3 to No. 2 — but running back Cameron Washington was named the SWJCFC Offensive Player of the Week, and two other players were listed on the conference’s weekly list of top performances.

“If you win and do good things you have a chance to get accolades,’’ Navarro coach Brian Mayper said of the praise that his players received this week. “It’s a team effort. They are not going to get any accolades without the line blocking and the quarterback making good reads.’’

Mayper’s proud of the accomplishment and said when individuals get praise it’s good for the entire team.

“It’s good for the team to get exposure,’’ he said.

Washington was a slam dunk choice after his performance on the road against Hutchinson, which was ranked No. 6 in the nation before Navarro took the Dragons apart, 41-16. Washington rushed for a career-high 170 yards on only 16 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a 90-yard TD run.

Of course, Washington was a star at Corsicana High, where he led the Tigers to the state semifinals, before moving on to Navarro.

Running back Tim Wright, who scored four touchdowns and ran for 129 yards on 24 carries, and receiver Austin Collins, who had nine receptions for 106 yards in the win against Hutchinson, were both listed as other notable performances.

After two games, Washington leads the conference in rushing with 275 yards on 27 carries, averaging a whopping 10.2 yards per carry, with three TDs.

Wright is second right behind Washington. He has rushed for 171 yards on 31 carries, averaging 5.5 yards per carry, and he has scored five touchdowns.

Quarterback Josh Greer is second in the conference in passing, completing 26 of 43 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Collins is the second leading receiver in the SWJCFC with 143 yards in receptions. He has caught 11 passes in two games, averaging 13 yards a catch.

It has been a dominating start for Navarro, which makes a bye week — or any other week — seem like a good week.

“As long as you’re winning everything is good,’’ Mayper said. “It’s good to have a bye week. You get a chance to get guys healthy who are banged up.’’

Mayper said the Bulldogs don’t have any serious injuries, but the week off will give players a chance to rest.

“There are always going to be guys with aches and pains,’’ said Mayper, who added he isn’t pleased or displeased that the team’s bye week came so early in the season. “It falls when it falls. It doesn’t matter to me.’’

Mayper is taking advantage of the off week at practice.

“It gives you a chance to look at some guys in backup roles,’’ he said. “We’re looking at depth this week. It helps to find out who are the true No. 2s and gives the No. 3s a chance to move up the depth chart.’’

Mayper said there were no big surprises at practice this week.

The Bulldogs won’t have to wait forever to play again. Because they had a bye week this week and Cisco also had a bye week the two teams will play on Thursday next week instead of waiting until Saturday.

“We both had bye weeks and decided to do it that way,’’ Mayper said. “So we’ll play them on Thursday.’’

The Bulldogs travel to Cisco for a 7:30 p.m. game on Thursday, and then will have nine days to get ready for the fourth game of the season when they return to Corsicana for their second home game of the season on Sept. 21 against Kilgore.