“When your score right off the bat, then your defense stops the other team and your offense comes back and scores again, you set a great tempo for the game,” Mayper said. “We never gave (Tyler) an opportunity to get any momentum.”
After being outgained 200-48 in the first quarter and managing two first downs compared to 12 for Navarro, Tyler’s offense finally got untracked in the second period. Rollison closed the Navarro lead to 21-7 with a 1-yard scoring run 6:46 remaining.
Navarro quickly countered as Middleton took a swing pass, turned upfield using the blocks of James Washington and Johnson and raced 40 yards to re-establish a 21-point cushion.
Tyler had a chance to cut into the lead near the two-minute mark, driving from its 8 to the Navarro 7 on 13 plays. But the center snapped the ball to an unprepared Rollison on fourth down and Navarro recovered.
The Bulldogs hurried downfield in the final 1:27 thanks to a 27-yard Middleton run and a 25-yard Shillow reception. Patrick Sohrt came on to drill a career-best 42-yard field as time expired for a 24-point Bulldog lead.
“How we finished the half was an example of a taking advantage of other teams’ mistakes,” Mayper said. “Today the other team made the mistakes instead of us and we made the most of them.”
Navarro 52, Tyler 35
Tyler 0 7 12 16 — 35
Navarro 14 17 14 7 — 52
N — Traylon Shead 4 run (Patrick Sohrt kick)
N — Gerard Shillow 25 pass from Stump Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Shillow 6 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
T — Tyrik Rollison 2 run (Santiago Escobar kick)
N — Tyler Middleton 40 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Sohrt 42 FG
T — Jeremey Chappelle 4 pass from Rollison (kick failed)
N — Middleton 52 run (Sohrt kick)
T — Rollison 1 run (pass failed)
N — Eddie Johnson 37 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Middleton 44 run (Sohrt kick)