Corsicana — When you take on the top offense in the conference, the goals are to sustain drives, score when opportunities are presented and not let the opponent get on a roll until your reserves are on the field and the game is in hand.
Navarro put a checkmark beside each of those goals in the first three quarters on Saturday and ran away with a 52-35 win over Tyler at Tiger Stadium in a showdown of the SWJCFC’s top offensive teams.
Navarro (5-1 overall, 3-1 in SWJCFC) compiled 664 yards of total offense and 28 first downs en route to a 52-19 lead early in the fourth period. Tyler scored 16 points and collected more than 200 yards of offense in the final 13 minutes against a fleet of Bulldog reserves, but it was far too late to unseat Navarro from its comfortable lead.
Navarro running back Tyler Middleton rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries and added two receptions for 60 more yards and a score. Fellow back Traylon Shead added 123 yards and a TD before exiting with an ankle injury in the fourth period.
Bulldog quarterback Stump Godfrey contributed 17-of-31 passing for 260 yards and four touchdowns, two going to tight end Gerard Shillow in the first half as Navarro jumped to a 31-7 lead.
“We’ve got a few weapons and they all worked together today,” said Navarro Coach Brian Mayper. “We had guys making big plays out of the backfield, throwing the ball and catching the ball. It’s good to have those weapons. When they are all firing, it’s awfully impressive.”
Tyler (3-3, 2-2) made a run in the third quarter with a 4-yard scoring toss from quarterback Tyrik Rollison (26-42-1-375, 2 TDs) to Jeremey Chappelle and a 1-yard run by Rollison.
But Navarro’s offense was just too much for the Apaches to handle. Middleton broke through the heart of the Tyler defense and raced to a 52-yard scoring run. After a 37-yard TD pass from Godfrey to Eddie Johnson, Middleton came back with a 44-yard scoring run with just less than 14 minutes remaining in the game for a 33-point Navarro advantage.