KILGORE — It has become a hotly contested battle between Kilgore and Navarro the last few times the teams had met prior to their Southwest Junior College Football Conference playoff game at R.E. St. John Stadium, setting the scene for an intense battle on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Gilmer graduate Stump Godfrey led Navarro to the 42-14 win, but the score was nowhere near indicative of a closely played matchup through three quarters.
Navarro (8-2) advances to the conference championship game and will face Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (9-1) Saturday in Miami, Okla.
Kilgore ends its season at 8-2.
Godfrey ran for a two-yard run with 8:59 left to buy some breathing room with a 27-14 lead.
A long scoring sprint by Tyler Middleton of 43 yards gave Navarro a 35-14 lead with 4:58 left in the game.
SMU-bound Traylon Shead, who had a tough go on the ground with seven carries for 26 yards, added a halfback pass to Jordan Jolly for 29 yards to put the game well out of reach for the 42-14 final.
Navarro held a 17-7 lead on the halftime scoreboard and a decisive 97-22 advantage in total yards for the first two periods of play. For the game Navarro rang up 305 yards combined and Kilgore was in negative rushing yards, but finished with 199 total.
Godfrey ran for 26 yards and one TD, also throwing for another 265. He threw an 8-yard score to Gerard Shillow and added another score to Markel Steward-Gillespie from 23-yards.
Kilgore quarterback Tanner Tausch was sacked five times and finished with a minus-24 yards in Kilgore’s rushing effort that was in negative yardage at minus-7 as a team.
Navarro field goal kicker Patrick Sohrt kicked four extra points and added in field goals from 43 and 26 yards.
The Rangers put the ball on the ground three times, losing two as Michael Jolivet and Steve Orisakwe made recoveries. Aaron Shaw added a late interception to account for the three turnovers.
Southwest Junior College
Football Conference Playoffs
At R.E. St. Johns Stadium, Kilgore
Navarro College 42, Kilgore College 14
Navarro 7 10 3 21 — 42
Kilgore 0 7 7 0 — 14
N—Gerard Shillow 8 pass from Stump Godfrey (Patrick Sohrt kick), 1:30
K—Tanner Tausch 8 run (Yovany Arizu kick), 6:49
N—Patrick Sohrt 43 FG, 2:33
N—Markel Steward-Gillespie 23 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick),: 3.9
N—Sohrt 26 field goal, 10:36.
K—Darrion Brown 19 pass from Tanner Tausch (Arvisu kick), 6:45.
N—Godfrey 2 run (Shillow pass from Tariandus Mitchell). 8:59
N—Tyler Middleton 43 run (Sohrt kick), 4:54
N—Jordan Jolly 29 pass from Traylon Shead (Sohrt kick), 4:23.
First Downs 20 13
Rushes-Yds. 36-40 24- (minus 7)
Passing Yds 265 206
Total Yds. 305 199
Comp-Att-Int 16-29-0 18-27-1
Punts/Avg. 7- 35.0 5-39.0
Penalties/Yds 10-85 6-45
Fumbles/Lost 2/0 3/2
RUSHING—Navarro, Tyler Middleton 4-51; Traylon Shead 7-26 ; Stump Godfrey 14-26; Tony Drake 4-20; Tim Wright 7-17; . Kilgore, Courtland Smith 6-12; Tanner Tausch 9-(minus24); Karrion Morrisey 3-12; Ed’Marques Batties 1-5; Emmanuel Roland 2-13; Ty Chapa 2-(minus-11). Emory Miller 1-(minus 4)..
PASSING—Navarro, Godfrey 17-18-256-2-0; Traylon Shead 1-28; Riley Tolar 1-0-0-0-0. Kilgore, Tausch 15-27-192-1-1; Ty Chapa 1-3-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Navarro, Tim Wright 1-5; Merkel Stewart-Gillespie1-23 ; Warrell Grogan 2-22; Gerard Shillow 6-53; Jonian Jolly 3-100; James Washington 1-8 ; Brandon Welch 1-1.Kilgore, Joe Herrick 4-44; Miller 4-26; Darrion Brown 2-29; Ed’Marquis Batties 2-56; Middleton 1-7; Steven Borden 1-18.