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Navarro ends season for Kilgore College Rangers, 45-14

By Hayden Henry
Nov. 3, 2012 at 9 p.m.


KILGORE –One year removed from missing the playoffs for the second time in 11 seasons and three years removed from starting better than 0-4, the Kilgore College Rangers opened their 2012 campaign going 6-0 and ranked as high as No. 5 in the Junior College Football Poll.

However, for the third straight time, the Navarro College Bulldogs played spoiler to the Rangers' postseason aspirations.

Heading into Saturday's Southwest Junior College Football Conference semifinal as the overall No. 2 seed, the Rangers weren't able to accomplish the comeback like they did back in September.

Bolstered by a 275 offensive showing by Gilmer native Stump Godfrey, the Bulldogs ended Kilgore's 2012 run with a 45-14 win at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 35-30 after three quarters in September, Kilgore rallied for a 45-35 win over Navarro.

Godfrey and the Bulldogs advance to the SWJCFC Championship next Saturday against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, who thwarted a Tyler Junior College comeback Saturday with a 37-35 win. NEO led 34-7 at halftime.

The former Buckeye standout threw for 251 yards with a pair of touchdown strikes and ran for another.

Kilgore's Tanner Tausch – who was selected as a conference player of the week after a five touchdown showing over TJC – tossed for 202 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He added another score on an eight-yard run. Darrin Brown had a 19-yard touchdown catch and finished with 47 yards receiving. Ed'Marques Batties led the way with 55 yards on two catches while Joe Herrick caught for 44 yards.

Godfrey connected with Gerard Shillow with just over a minute remaining in the opening quarter to give Navarro a 7-0 lead.

Kilgore – who finished the first quarter without a first down – conducted a nine-play 82-yard drive to open the second with Tausch taking it in to knot the contest at 7-7.

Patrick Sohrt drilled a 48-yard field goal for Navarro to reclaim a 10-7 with just over two minutes until the break.

Godfrey threw for 70 yards on six plays with under 45 seconds remaining until halftime, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Aldridge to give Navarro a 17-7 lead.

Sohrt drilled a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter followed by a eight-play, 75-yard drive from Kilgore, capped with Tausch finding Brown for 19 yards to pull to with six halfway through the third stanza.

Godfrey added his two-yard scamper and Navarro scored two more times in the contest, including a halfback pass by former Cayuga standout Traylon Shead for the 42-14 win.

Kilgore finished the season with an 8-2 record.

Follow Hayden Henry on Twitter: @hayden_h

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