Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Sports

November 11, 2011

SWJCFC Championship Game: Time of possession will be crucial for Navarro, Tyler

Navarro vs. Tyler, 3 p.m. Sunday, Tiger Stadium

Corsicana — Sunday could very well turn into the ultimate game of keepaway between Tyler and Navarro at Tiger Stadium.

Whichever team can hang on to the ball the longest is likely to also control the scoreboard and take home the Southwest Junior College Football Conference title.

Navarro coach Nick Bobeck watched Tyler do just that last week when it stunned No. 1 Blinn, 37-34 in overtime, as they reached the conference finals for the first time in Coach Danny Palmer’s tenure.

Bobeck is making his fourth trip to the conference’s ultimate game, so he’s keen on what it takes to win the league title. He watched Tyler evolve this season from a primarily passing team to one that pounds defenses with a rugged rushing attack. Video sessions left Bobeck impressed with the Apaches.

“The first time we played (a 34-22 Navarro win), Tyler was throwing the ball all over the place,” he said. “But their offense has changed. They ran the ball 61 times against Blinn last week. They run the heck out of it, keep your offense off the field and then will get out of there with a win. You saw that against Blinn last week, and you saw it the week before against Kilgore, with their postseason chances on the line.”

Tyler averages almost 240 yards on the ground per game and has seven of the league’s top 20 rushers. Ryan Young, who missed several weeks during the middle of the season due to injury, gained 150 yards and scored twice against Blinn, his second game back. Quarterback Randy Price is averaging 6.6 yards per carry and the fivesome of O’Bryan Washington, Ridge Wilson, Chaison White, Brian Eurysthee and Mark Cole all have led the Apaches in rushing in at least one game this year.

Thanks to his adept running, Price has grabbed a more prominent role at quarterback in the latter stages of the season, though he still splits time with strong-armed Tyrik Rollison (1,089 yards, 9 TDs).

Tyler’s improved running game puts a premium on Navarro’s defensive line play. Other than last week’s 243-yard outburst by Trinity Valley, the Bulldogs have been consistent run-stuffers over the last half of the season. Also of importance is the play of linebackers D.J. Simon and Austin Moss, who combined for 25 tackles and three tackles for loss last week.

“Those kids we have up front have the ability to stop the run,” Bobeck said. “The key to this game with Tyler is stopping the run. They’ll run counter sweeps and other mis-direction they have been very effective with in recent weeks. To stop the run against Tyler, we’ve got to be good in the middle and really play well on the edge. If we especially do the latter, we’ve got a chance of slowing them down and getting the ball back.”

Navarro will need to extend its offense beyond its potent passing game that features quarterback Adrian Nelson (3,042 yards, 27 TDs) and receiver Marquez Clark (conference record 75 catches, 1,331 yards). That means the running trio of Demarcus Jackson, Tyler Middleton and Johnny Haynes will have to keep the Bulldogs near their 153.5-yard team rushing average.

“It benefits us to run around 70 plays a game and that’s what Tyler is trying to prevent with their ball-control offense,” Bobeck said. “We’re not a huge uptempo team. Holding onto the ball is of more importance, just like racking up first downs and yards. Tyler is going to try to muddy up the game with weird fronts and trying slow our offense down. We have to maintain our focus, hang on to the ball and drive the ball like we’ve been doing the last several weeks.”

No. 9-ranked Navarro (8-2) is hosting the conference championship game for the third of the last four seasons, though it did it from the third seed this season. Bobeck doesn’t care how his Bulldogs made the final pairing, he’s just tickled it will be in the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium.

“It’s very important to play at home,” Bobeck said. “There’s no organizing buses and meals and taking long rides. You get to play in familiar surroundings, which is important. Playing here so much is great for us and for our fans. Now we have to produce on Sunday.”

Text Only
Sports
  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan; Remembering House and a better era

    The Cowboys started training camp the same week that Robert Newhouse died.
    In a way, that’s very unfortunate for Jerry. Thinking back to the “Human Bowling Ball” and the teams of that era might lead to the inevitable comparisons to today’s product on the field.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • weights.jpg GC Football: Blooming Grove's Williams expects to win

    His father was a head coach for years at Pecos High and his brother-in-law is the head football coach at DeSoto, but Lawrence Williams Jr., a man who loves coaching football, never had any ideas about being the head man.
    “I love coaching,'' said Williams as he sat at his desk in Blooming Grove, where he became the Lions' head coach this summer. “I just never thought about being the head coach and I never applied to be a head coach. With this job I can still coach.''

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kevin Reese mug.jpg Outdoors: Kevin Reese: Summer time means summer tracking

    With only two months before opening day of archery season you should already have your bow maintenance complete, be shooting daily and chomping at the bit for our favorite day to arrive!
    Let’s face it, few animals turn our rotors like whitetail deer.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: Corsicana's Harlan and Wolver honored on TSWA/Collin Street Bakery 4A All-State Baseball team

    Corsicana junior Brady Harlan and sophomore Layton Wolver were honored on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 4A All-State Baseball team that was announced Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 Kayana.jpg Gymnastics: Kaylana Dickson celebrates national title with fans and her uncle David Hawthorne

    Kaylana Dickson got the name Bebop on her way to winning a national title in gymnastics this summer, and boy did it catch fire.
    Kaylana, a Corsicana native, picked up fans from all over the country and many bought Bebop T-shirts to help pay her expenses to Spokane, Wa., where she won the 8-and-under title in the double-mini trampoline event and finished third in floor exercise.
    More than 100 of her friends, family members and fans showed up at the Corsicana YMCA on Saturday to celebrate the national title and be on hand for a drawing for an autographed New Orleans Saints football jersey from David Hawthorne, a star defensive lineman for the Saints and Kaylana's uncle

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • All-State Baseball: TSWA/Collin Street Bakery All-State 3A baseball team is announced

    The Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 3A All-State Baseball Team was announced Tuesday.

     

    July 22, 2014

  • UIL Football: State championships to be held at AT&T Stadium

    The 2014 University Interscholastic League Football State Championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the League announced Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • All-State Baseball: Sunnyvale's Wilcox tops TSWA/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A team

    Sunnyvale's Jake Wilcox is player of the year on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 2A All-State Baseball Team

    July 22, 2014

  • GC Baseball: Kerens' Anderson makes TSWA/Collin Street Bakery all-state team at four positions

    Call it the rarest of rares, at least as far as all-state teams go. Brett Anderson of Kerens shows up on the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery all-state team not one, not two, not three, but four times. Dawson's Lane Dotson was a second-team outfielder, and the Bulldogs' Trent Underwood made the third-team as a pitcher, and also garnered an honorable mention nod at first base. Kerens outfielder Brent Warren was also an honorable mention pick.

    July 21, 2014

  • RON MORGAN.jpg Morgan: All-star games and all-star shame

    If there is anything more useless than a political promise, it’s an all-star game. I don’t care what sport at what level. Any all-star game is simply an exhibition, a reward for being among the best (maybe). Any one of them is about as relevant as the IRS’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing emails.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo