Navarro at Northeastern
Saturday, 2 p.m.
In Miami, Okla.
Radio: KAND 1340 AM
Records: 7th-ranked Navarro (7-1 overall, 4-1 in SWJCFC) vs. NEO (7-1, 4-1)
Recent History: Navarro has won the last five meetings between the two teams by a combined 238-71, including last year’s 47-14 win in Corsicana
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, DE Andre Ross, T Aleon Calhoun, T Zach Fondal, G Mitchell Bell, DT Arnold Blackmon, DE Michael Jolivet, C John Studdard, DT Terrell Brooks. NEO: QB Clayton Mitchem, RB Gerald Howse, WR-KR Michael Thompson, WR Kameron Doolittle, K Kevin King, DE Jaiari Dunaway, S Devron Moore.
Game Notes: Dunaway is a disruptive forced from the edge, but it has been SS Moore who has been the catalyst the last two weeks for the NEO defense. Moore has 4 interceptions for 120 yards in returns in a pair of Golden Norse wins . . . Howse is still second in the league in rushing behind Shead (893-626), but he production has tapered after a fast start. Howse averaged 90.4 yards per game and had 9 TDs through five weeks. In his last three games, Howse is averaged only 58 yards and has one score . . . Navarro leads the NJCAA in rushing yards per game (314.9) and is also tops in third-down conversions (better than 71 percent) . . . Navarro is still hampered by injuries in several areas. RB Tim Wright may be out with a recurring hamstring issue. CB Sherman Gilbert is likely gone with an ankle injury . . . Shead committed early this week to SMU. He will join the Ponies in January after starting his career out of Cayuga at the University of Texas. Shead currently leads the conference in rushing (893 yards) and scoring (78 points).
— Rob Ludwig