By Rob Ludwig
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — Navarro College honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Saturday with pink socks, pink shirts, pink athletic tape, pink bandanas and even a few pair of pink shoes.
All Southeast Prep wanted by the end of the day was a white flag.
Ten different players scored as 11th-ranked Navarro played its starters sparingly in a 70-7 thumping of the Houston-area preparatory academy at Tiger Stadium.
Southeast Prep, a five-month postgraduate program that allows students to play football while taking accelerated classes to enhance their college entrance exam scores, was outclassed in every way Saturday, falling to 0-7.
Just as in contests with five previous Southwest Junior College Football Conference opponents, Southeast Prep struggled to handle the Bulldogs’ speed on either side of the ball.
Navarro (6-1) compiled 528 yards of total offense despite giving regular running backs Traylon Shead and Tyler Middleton a scant seven combined carries.
It didn’t really matter who was carrying the ball. Backups Tarlandus Mitchell, Warrell Grogan, Cameron Washington and Tim Wright combined for 190 yards and all but Wright scored.
Navarro quarterback Stump Godfrey completed 10 of 19 passes for 156 yards and touchdown passes to Eddie Johnson and Jordan Jolly. Riley Toler continued his promising play in a support role, completing a 67-yard touchdown passes to backup receiver Markell Steward in the third period and a 5-yarder to third-string sophomore tight end Imhotep Coleman in the waning seconds.
Indicative of the day, the little-used Coleman caught the first passes of his career in the fourth quarter of the Southeast Prep game.
“A lot of young guys got a chance to play today and sometimes they played well,” said Navarro Coach Brian Mayper. “Sometimes they made some mistakes, but now we have the opportunity to work with them to correct those errors so when we need them in a game later it will benefit them.”
That’s all the rest of the conference needs — an even deeper Bulldogs roster.
Navarro scored on 10 of its 12 possessions, the lone miss was in the final 25 seconds of the first half when it had the ball on its own 16 and Godfrey fumbled. But as it did much of the day, Navarro’s defense turned away the Spartans. Southeast Prep went backward 4 yards on three downs and was forced to attempt a 40-yard field goal. But the snap was botched, keeping Navarro’s halftime lead at 42-7.
Before that final bit of defensive excitement, it was all offense for the Bulldogs. Navarro recorded scoring drives of 65, 80, 26, 65, 18 and 50 in the first half.
Shead, the conference’s leading rusher, gained 39 yards on four carries in only one quarter. His 29-yard scoring run opened a 21-point first-quarter. Backfield mate Middleton followed with a 12-yard scoring reception from Godfrey, who followed with a 20-yard TD to Johnson, who made a terrific fingertip catch.
Quarterback Everett Anderson was the lone source of offense for Southeast Prep throughout the game, and his running ability continually kept drives going in the first half or the Bulldog lead would have been much larger. Southeast Prep held the ball for more than 18:30 in the first two period, including a 10-play, 78-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard option pitch from Anderson to Joe Maxey for a touchdown. Southeast Prep benefited from a 16-yard fourth down fake punt pass from punter Deyvi Hurtado to Levi Stevens. The Spartans held the ball 4:11.
Navarro’s defense was impressive throughout the day. Southeast Prep notched 17 first downs but only 142 total yards thanks to 13 negative plays, including six sacks.
“Our defense played really great,” Mayper said. “Even though it wasn’t like we were covering receivers from Kilgore or Tyler, our young defensive backs who were getting to play a lot for the first time, got in there and made some positive plays.”
That little blip of offensive production would be the Spartans’ last series of more than eight plays as Navarro’s offense took over.
Godfrey connected with Jolly for the third time this season, covering 38 yards for a 28-7 lead with 6:22 left in the first half. Fullback Grogan, carrying for only the second time this season, scored from 9 yards out to boost the lead to 28. Corsicana’s Washington closed the explosive first half with a 14-yard touchdown run. Hampered the last two weeks by an injured knee, Washington swept left, bulled over a defender and scooted into the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown. Washington would finish with 24 yards on six carries and one catch of 8 yards.
With a commanding 42-7 lead entering the second half, the Bulldogs stepped up the offensive pressure as Mitchell bashed his way in from 1 yard after bruising runs of 13 and 19 yards on Navarro’s opening drive of the third stanza.
Toler came on for Godfrey midway in the third quarter and he immediately had a huge impact, lofting a perfect 67-yard scoring pass to Steward for a 56-7 lead.
Toler later scored himself from 1 yard and had Coleman’s memorable scoring reception with 1:07 left.
“This was a really good day for us in a lot of different areas,” Mayper said. “The biggest and most important was that we won.”
There was little doubt of that result all day.
Navarro 70, Southeast Prep 7
SE Prep 0 7 0 0 — 7
Navarro 21 21 14 14 — 70
N — Traylon Shead 29 run (Patrick Sohrt kick)
N — Tyler Middleton 12 pass from Stump Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Eddie Johnson 20 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
S — Joe Maxey 2 run (Jacob Green kick)
N — Jordan Jolly 38 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
N — Warrell Grogan 9 run (Sohrt kick)
N — Cameron Washington 14 run (Sohrt kick)
N — Tarlandus Mitchell 1 run (Sohrt kick)
N – Markell Steward 67 pass from Riley Toler
N — Riley Toler 1 run (Sohrt kick)
N — Imhotep Coleman 5 pass from Riley Toler (Sohrt kick)
First Downs 17 19
Rush-yards 47-107 34-271
Passing yards 35 257
C-A-I 4-14-2 17-30-0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1
Punts-avg. 4-35 0-0
Penalties 11-95 13-140
Rushing — S: Ondre Hall 9-36, Joe Maxey 11-28, Everett Anderson 20-79, Rickey Lunford 2-10, Anthony Wiltz 3-(-12), Team 2-(-34). N: Traylon Shead 4-39, Tyler Middleton 3-29, Stump Godfrey 3-30, Tony Drake 7-64, Tarlandus Mitchell 5-43, Warrell Grogan 2-9, Tim Wright 2-20, Cameron Washington 6-24, Riley Toler 2-13
Passing — S: Anderson 3-12-2-19, Deyvi Hurtado 1-1-0-16, Wiltz 0-1-0-0 . N: Godfrey 10-19-0-156, Toler 7-11-0-101.
Receiving — S: Wiltz 1-3, Levi Stevens 1-16, Maxey 1-2, Keegan Bell 1-14. N: Gerard Shillow 3-44, Jordan Jolly 2-51, Washington 1-8, Middelton 1-12, Eddie Johnson 3-44, Markell Steward 2-77, James Washington 1-10, Imotep Coleman 3-10.