(Geronimo) - Navarro held off defending 2A Division I state champion Refugio's second-half rally to beat the Bobcats 21-17 Friday night in the Panthers' home football opener at Erwin-Lee Field.
The Panthers used a 40-yard touchdown run by Will Eveld, a four-yard score from Chris Gomez, and a two-yard touchdown from Will Reyna to build a 21-7 lead in the second quarter, but Refugio strung together a field goal just before halftime and a touchdown early in the third quarter to make it a four-point game.
For the rest of the second half, both teams traded possessions, but neither team could score. The Panthers ended up milking the clock out to secure the victory in the fourth quarter.
Navarro head coach Les Goad attributed his team's late-game poise to a challenging opening month of the season.
“We gained a bunch of experience from that first game against Giddings, and being able to fight down the stretch
in four consecutive road games, and they gained confidence in themselves," Goad said.
The Panthers held a very good offensive team to 17 points. They only allowed 7 points in the second half and had the Bobcats frustrated all night.
“Our defense is playing great," Goad said. "They are swarming to the ball, making plays, and trying to keep everything in front of them. We are getting better every week on defense.”
Gomez led Navarro offensively with 103 rushing yards on 22 carries, and Eveld added 84 yards on eigh attempts. Eveld completed all three of his passing attempts for 25 yards, and caught a 24-yard pass from Bryan Butler.
Navarro is 5-0 heading into this Friday's homecoming game against Central Catholic at Erwin-Lee Field. The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com, with the opening kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. and pre-game coverage at 6:30.