Navarro's Will Eveld (left) and Marion's Cole Doerr (right) have both been selected to play in the San Antonio Sports All-Star Football game on Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. (Photos by Andie Rangel.)
Navarro visits Wimberley in clash of 13-4A-Division II heavyweights
(Wimberley) - Navarro football's streak of 15 straight district wins, dating back to 2013, is likely to face its toughest test of the season tonight when the Panthers visit Wimberley in a matchup of state-ranked 4A Division II programs.
The 7-0 Panthers, let by 11th-year head coach Les Goad, come off their bye week after pulling away from Llano 21-14 int he District 13-4A-Division II opener two weeks ago. The 7-1 Texans, coached by Doug Warren, blew out that same Llano team 45-7 last Friday after opening district with a 65-7 shellacking of Bandera on Oct. 13.
Navarro is ranked as high as No. 7 in the various 4A Division II state polls, and Wimberley checks in as high as No. 9.
As was the case in Navarro's 35-14 win over Wimberley a year ago, the Panthers' game plan will be to grind out rushing yards in the Slot-T, control the clock, and keep the Texans' explosive offense on the sideline as much as possible.
Wimberley is averaging 42.6 points per game with a balanced attack that boasts multiple weapons, including quarterback Jordan Weeks (2,393 yds., 27 TD, 1 Int.), running-back Thomas Carruthers (719 yds., 12 TD), and a quartet of gifted receivers in Gavin Martinez (672 yds., 7 TD), Cade Stoever (580 yds., 6 TD), Thomas Mann (479 yds., 8 TD), and Hayden Krebbs (433 yds., 5 TD).
"Our game plan defensively has got to be what it has been for several weeks, and try not to give up the big play," Goad said in scouting the Texans' explosive offense. "Understand that they're going to gain some yards, and probably even put some points on the board, but we can't give up the big play. We've got to try to contain things, and at some point we've got to get some pressure on Weeks. We've got to keep him bottled up, don't let him get loose running the ball on a scramble, but keep him bottled up so that he doesn't have as much time, and hopefully get to him a few times."
Navarro's run-heavy arsenal has produced healthy averages of 34 points and 401.6 yards (367.1 rushing) per game behind a dominant offensive line and a stable of backs, including Brown Univeristy commit and San Antonio All-Star Game selection Will Eveld (661 yds., 6 TD), Chris Gomez, 542 yds., 5 TD), and Will Reyna (387 yds., 7 TD). They go against a Wimberley defense yielding 19.9 points per game.
Tonight's kickoff at Texans Stadium in Wimberley is slated for 7:30 p.m. A complete interview with Goad can be heard during the Panther Report at 6:30 p.m. on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.
Marion looks to keep rolling in home tilt vs. Luling
(Marion) - The Marion Bulldogs return to the friendly surroundings of Veterans Stadium tonight in search of their fourth straight win overall and a 3-0 start in District 13-3A-Division I as they host another team with playoff aspirations, the Luling Eagles.
Marion cruised past Ingram-Moore 63-6 and Randolph 42-12 in its first two district games to move to 5-2 in Bruce Salmon's sixth year as the program's head coach. Luling, coached by Scott Campbell, is 3-3 on the year and 1-1 in district after rebounding from a 39-28 loss to Randolph two weeks ago with a 36-14 thumping of San Antonio-Cole last Friday.
The Bulldogs have caused fits for opposing defenses with a bevy of skill players like quarterback Tayler Mills (1,357 total yds., 17 total TD), running-backs Jacob Berry (753 rushing yds., 15 total TD) and Kage Armstrong (5 TD), and receivers Jackson Allen (364 yds., 5 TD), Jacob Wallace (358 yds., 4 TD), and Nathan Newman (313 yds., 3 TD).
Salmon says his team's execution will have to be purposeful and quick-tempoed against an athletic Luling defense that played one of its better games of the season in limiting Cole to 12 points a week ago.
"They've got some really good skill kids," Salmon said. "They probably match up as best of anybody with the height and athleticism as what we've seen this year in any of our opponents. Up front, they're big old guys. They've got about four defensive tackles that they play, and they all run about 280 to 295, so we're going to have to do some double-teaming, because our little dudes are going to have to stay after them. I think the trick with these guys is the tempo."
Luling's best offensive player has been quarterback Wyatt Bullock (664 passing yds., 224 rushing yds., 9 total TD), but the Eagles on the whole have only averaged 208.2 total yards per game this season.
Tonight's Marion - Luling kickoff at Veterans Stadium is tabbed for 7:30 p.m. A complete interview with Salmon can be heard on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com during the Bulldog Report betwen 6:30 and 7:00.
Falcons open district race at home vs. Cedar Park-Summit
(Seguin) - The Lifegate Christian School football team returns from its bye-week and begins its pursuit of a playoff berth tonight in the TAPPS Six-Man Division II, District 4 opener against Cedar Park-Summit Christian at Falcon Field in Seguin.
Veteran coach John Rabon's Lifegate bunch went 3-2 in non-disrict play and looks to rebound from a 64-43 loss to Fredericksburg-Heritage two weeks ago. Summit, coached by Dewey Hargraves, went 4-3 in seven non-disrict games and dropped its most recent contest to UIL opponent Cherokee 84-38 before the bye-week.
The Falcon defense looks to slow an Eagles offense averaging 39.1 points per game. The team's statistical leaders include sophomore quarterback Samuel Wood (987 total yds., 21 total TD), running-back Blake Wilson (262 yds., 5 TD), and receiver Christian Fisher (22 rec., 410 yds., 9 TD).
"They run kind of a spread-option type offense, and they do it real well," Rabon said. "It's going to be a matter of keeping the ball in front of us and reading their option - not giving them a quick read, but having them slow their read down so that their hand-offs and stuff get out of sync."
Senior spread-back Cayden Shellnut has been a menace to Lifegate's defensive opponents this season, churning out 1,760 yards of total offense (978 rushing, 782 passing) and 30 total touchdowns, with Myles McCord and Barry Osborne emerging as his favorite aerial targets.
Tonight's kickoff at Falcon Field is slated for 7:30 p.m. A complete interview with Rabon can be heard during the Falcon Report between 6:45 and 7:00 on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.