MIAMI, Okla. — Navarro outscored Northeastern Oklahoma A&M by 20 points in the final two quarters as the Bulldogs won 62-24 on Saturday at Robertson Field to capture the Southwest Junior College Football Conference championship.
Although head coach Brian Mayper is completing his first season as the Bulldogs head coach, Navarro won its third consecutive SWJCFC title. The Bulldogs are 9-2 on the year after gaining redemption for a 26-24 loss sustained to the Norsemen two weeks ago in the regular season finale in Miami.
While snapping a five-game winning streak, the regular-season conference champion Golden Norse are 9-2 on the year and await a possible invitation to a bowl game. The 10 National Junior College Athletic Association bowls will extend invitations to teams by Tuesday.
Traylon Shead, the former Cayuga star, rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for the Bulldogs. Teammate Tyler Middleton added 108 yards on six attempts, along with a TD.
Former Gilmer standout quarterback Stump Godrey hit on 12 of 21 pass attempts for 154 yards and three TD passes.
Playing without the services of starting tailback Gerald Howse, who is sidelined with an ankle problem, the Norse offense managed only 330 total yards while Navarro’s offense accounted for 689 total yards, including 535 on the ground.