Tyler put on their final offensive push with Rollison completing 9 of 11 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. But that explosion an anomaly compared to the rest of the game as Navarro kept Rollison in the pocket and limited his potent receivers’ yards after the catch. Tyler also lost fumbles twice on fourth down inside the Navarro 10.
Navarro stepped on Tyler’s throats in the first period and never let the Apaches breathe the remainder of the half. The Bulldogs scored on their first two drives of the game, marching 67 yards in 10 plays and followed with an 11-play, 80-yard drive for a 14-0 read.
Navarro stayed on the ground in the early going, mixing in an occasional pass from Godfrey to keep the Apache secondary from sneaking too close to the line of scrimmage.
On the game’s initial drive, Godfrey had a 19-yard completion to running back Middleton and Tim Wright rambled 15 yards, setting up Shead’s 12th touchdown run of the season as the Bulldogs grabbed a 7-0 lead with 11:32 left in the first period.
Navarro flexed its third-down prowess on its next series, converting three different times as it drove the length of the field. Godfrey was a key contributor on the drive, rushing twice for first downs and completing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Shillow. The sophomore ran free in the middle of the Tyler’s defense, with no Apache within 15 yards of him as he made the TD catch for a 14-0 Navarro lead at the 6:21 mark of the opening stanza.
Navarro pushed the score to 21-0 early in the second quarter, again using a length drive to wear out the Tyler defense. Godfrey had the big play on the drive, rambling 16 yards on third and short and then finding Shillow in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard completion.