Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


October 31, 2013

Navarro football: No. 15 Navarro at No. 7 Tyler


Corsicana —

No. 15 Navarro at No. 7 Tyler

Saturday, 3 p.m. Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

Radio: KAND 1340AM

RECORDS: No. 15-ranked Navarro (7-2 overall, 4-2 in SWJCFC) and No. 6 Tyler (8-1, 5-1)

RECENT HISTORY: Navarro had several missed chances, including a pair of dropped touchdown passes, in a 17-7 loss at Tyler during the regular season.

KEY PLAYERS: Navarro: OL Carter Wall, RB Tim Wright, RB Cameron Washington, LB Dominique Kelly, WR Markel Steward-Gillespie, OL Tim Hines, DE Desmond Owino, DL Kerry Holiday, DL John Williams, CB Sherman Gilbert, S Aaron Shaw, S Alex Miller, CB KeUntis Thompson, LB Chrishard Buhl, WR Devin Lauderdale, WR Austin Collins, QB Alex Allen. Tyler: QB Randy Price, QB Matt Davis, RB Leroy Dobbins, RB Terrance Taylor, WR-KR Lamar Carraway, WR Joshua Reynolds, WR Jonathan Epps, LB Kenny Iloka, DL Caleb Tuiasosopo, DB Devante Davis, DE Colton Moorehead, DB Savion Brown, LB Caleb Williams, DL Will Coleman, DL Darian Morris, DB Tre Rosser.

GAME NOTES: Although the teams combined for 24 points earlier this season, this has the potential to be an explosive game. Navarro (45.7) and Tyler (43.0) are among the top three in the conference and the top seven in the nation. Navarro allows 18.8 points per game, compared to d23.9 for Tyler . . . Defensively, Navarro played well against a potent Tyler ground attack in early October, forcing a season-best eight three-and-outs. After Tyler scored touchdowns on two of its first three possessions, Navarro forced seven punts, forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and gave up only a field goal in the Apaches’ final 10 series. In their three scoring drives, the Apaches averaged 9 plays, but only 4.3 plays on their other 10 series . . . Taylor has stepped up to be the force in Tyler’s backfield after Dobbins was the main ballcarrier when these teams met five weeks ago. In the last three weeks, Taylor has averaged 28 carries for 159.3 yards and has scored 3 TDs . . . This game will feature two of the most dangerous receivers in the conference in Lauderdale and Reynolds.  After a four-game lull, Lauderdale was back to catching the long ball against NEO with a 67-yarder for a touchdown. Lauderdale is averaging a conference-best 21.6 yards per catch. Reynolds is right behind him with 20.1 yards per grab and leads receivers in the SWJCFC with 10 TDs.

 — Rob Ludwig



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