High school football: Navarro, Marion, Lifegate previews
Posted on 10/13/2017 6:11:00 AM.
Navarro opens district play against improved Yellow Jackets
(Geronimo) – Navarro’s quest for a fourth straight district championship in football starts tonight in the 13-4A-Division II opener when Llano pays a visit to Erwin-Lee Field.

The Panthers have won 14 straight district games, with the last district defeat coming to Fredericksburg on Oct. 25, 2013. That was also Navarro’s last home loss. Coach Les Goad’s teams have reeled off 19 straight victories at Erwin-Lee Field in the time since, and carry a 29-game regular season winning streak into this evening as well.

Navarro (6-0) hosts an improved Llano team that went 3-3 in non-district play, with wins over Brady (45-0), Llago Vista (51-15), and Eastside Memorial (49-13), and losses to Smithville (35-21), Sonora (42-28), and Burnet (31-21).

Coach Matt Green’s Yellow Jackets are led offensively by the backfield tandem of quarterback Cade Fly (1,101 passing yds., 216 rushing yds., 16 total TD) and running-back Mason Brooks (446 yds., 5 TD).

Goad identifies a rushing attack that churns out 238 yards per game and 6.4 per carry as Navarro’s defensive focal point tonight.

"They're a pretty physical group, and with a new coaching staff, new scheme, they're gaining more confidence each week," Goad said. "So we realize that opening district, everybody's zero and zero, that they're very physical up front, and strong runners."

There’s no secret to the Panthers’ offensive game plan. They’ll continue to pound away with a Slot-T based running game that produced 380.8 rushing yards per outing and 7.1 per carry in non-district play behind the collective efforts of a dominant offensive line and backfield stalwarts Will Eveld (571 yds., 4 TD), Chris Gomez (468 yds., 5 TD), Will Reyna (379 yds., 7 TD), Tyler Law (274 yds., 2 TD), and Johnny Alegria (225 yds., 4 TD).

Tonight’s district opener at Erwin-Lee Field kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Marion seeks Homecoming win in district opener
(Marion) – Marion’s pursuit of the District 13-3A-Division football title starts tonight as the Bulldogs play Homecoming host to Ingram-Moore at Veterans Stadium.

Both teams were idle last week. Marion capped a 3-2 run through non-district play with a 57-27 win over Florence two weeks ago. Ingram-Moore dropped to 2-3 in Duane Kroeker’s first season as head coach with a 51-0 loss to Johnson City. The Warriors are trying to regain their football as a program after going 0-10 in 2016.

Despite the dismal result in the last game, Ingram-Moore has shown flashes offensively behind the duo of quarterback Ian Crittenden and running-back Camron Hofer.

"Not a lot of blazing speed, but pretty good team speed overall," Marion head coach Bruce Salmon said after scouting the Ingram-Moore offense. "They're strength is in their skill positions, and what's real important for us is to be able to play a lot of the finesse stuff. They throw the screens as much as we do, and so it's important that we rally to it, take good angles, and you're never really out of the play."

The Bulldogs used a deep arsenal of offensive weapons to average 42 points per game during non-district play, including quarterback Tayler Mills (11 TD passes), running-back Jacob Berry (12 total TD), and receivers Jackson Allen (5 TD), Jacob Wallace, and Nathan Newman.

Tonight’s Homecoming kickoff at Veterans Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. A complete interview with Salmon can be heard between 6:30 and 7:00 on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.

Falcons visit rival “Freddy” in final non-district tune-up
(Fredericksburg) – It’s “Freddy Week” for the Lifegate Christian School football program, which means the Falcons are geared up to play one of their biggest rivals in the TAPPS Six-Man ranks, the Eagles of Fredericksburg-Heritage.

Lifegate is 3-1 this season under veteran head coach John Rabon after running away from Giddings State School 86-39 last Friday. Fredericksburg-Heritage, under long-time head coach and friend of Rabon, Tim Shipman, enters tonight with a 5-1 record after cruising past Temple-Holy Trinity 50-22 a week ago.

Both teams feature potent offenses with talented spread-backs as catalysts. Lifegate senior Cayden Shellnut has piled up 1,361 yards of total offense (717 rushing, 644 passing) and 24 total touchdowns in four games, and has accounted for eight scores in each of the Falcons’ last two games. Heritage’s Jonathan Hoerman has compiled 1,330 total yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

"They're doing something that they've never done - they're running out of a spread," Rabon said after observing the Eagles’ new-look offense. "They're main guy's a spread-back, like ours is, and so he's their main guy, so they've just adapted and gone to the spread because it gives him more opportunities, the field's more wide open. They do an excellent job. They're well coached, play hard, and they're young like we are."

The Falcons and Eagles kick off in Fredericskburg tonight at 7:30. A complete interview with Rabon can be heard between 6:45 and 7:00 on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.

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