One of the main goals Navarro had to defeat a high-powered Hutchinson, Kan. team was to keep the Blue Dragons off the field.
Do that, the Bulldog coaches figured and you keep an offense that has averaged more than 50 points its last 14 games from starting a points war.
Navarro responded with three players gain more than 100 yards on the ground and posted more than 600 yards total offense in a 54-34 victory over Hutchinson on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Hutchinson stayed within a touchdown of the Bulldogs much of the second half until Traylon Shead (23-129) drove over from 4 yards with 5:43 left in the game. It was Shead’s second touchdown of the half and third of the game.
Navarro (2-0), which entered the game ranked 12th in the country, punched over a meaningless score as time ran out as Tyler Middleton matched his 70-yard scoring run of the first half with a 1-yarder as the buzzer sounded, giving the Bulldogs their final 20-point cushion.
Navarro’s running game was devastating much of the night, registering 477 yards on 59 attempts. Middleton led all rushers with 155 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Stump Godfrey added 140 yards on 16 attempts.
“We kept our rotation of four running backs fresh throughout the game and our line started to wear on (Hutchinson) really good,” Navarro coach Brian Mayper said. “We started picking up yards in bunches.”
Godfrey had long dry spells in the Navarro passing attack (10-27-157) but was able to complete a pair of touchdown passes to Jordan Jolly (13 and 15 yards).
“This was his first game back in more than a year, so he was shaking off the rust,” Mayper said. “But then again he led our offense to 54 points against one of the top two teams in Kansas.”
Hutchinson quarterback Luke Barnes was unable to consistently breach Navarro’s secondary, completing 24 of 42 passes for 279 yards. Terrell Lane gained 102 yards and scored in the fourth period for the Blue Dragons.
Hutchinson scored a pair of third-period touchdowns to keep pace with Navarro, thanks to a 50-yard fumble return by Kenny Flowers and a 12-yard pass from Barnes to Antonio Johnson that capped a 17-play, 94-yard drive.
Navarro rolled up 373 yards of offense in the first half en route to a 27-13 lead.
Godfrey scrambled for runs of 29, 24 and 40 yards as he compiled 108 yards on only eight carries.
One of Godfrey’s runs on third-and-long set up Navarro’s first score. Tarlandus Mitchell finished an eight-play, 63-yard drive with an 8-yard TD run for a 7-0 Navarro lead with 10:11 left in the first period.
Hutchinson responded with a long series of its own, marching 15 plays before the drive stalled at the Navarro 6. Michael Mesh came on for a 23-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 7-3 at the 3:43 mark of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs stretched its lead early in the second stanza with Godfrey serving as the catalyst again. Godfrey, who was 5 of 15 for 111 yards in the first half, hit fullback Warreal Grogan for a 19-yard gain and then drilled Jordan Jolly with a 10-yard strike, extending the Bulldog advantage to 14-3.
Navarro needed only two plays to answer a Hutchinson score. Middleton sprinted left, picked up a block by Jolly and raced 70 yards untouched for a 20-10 lead with 7:43 left in the half.
Navarro was back in the end zone on its next possession, once again thanks to Godfrey. The sophomore sprinted through the heart of Hutchinson defense for 40 yards on third-and-long. Traylon Shead scored his second touchdown of the season five plays later, running through a gaping hole on the right side for 22 yards.
Hutchinson cut the Navarro lead 27-13 with 1:04 left in the half on a 43-yard Mesh field goal.
“Our defense did a great job of keeping (Hutchinson receivers) in front of them,” Mayper said. “We blitzed some and forced their quarterback to throw when he wasn’t ready. It left our cornerbacks on an island at times, but they always seemed to come up with big plays.
“This was a great test for our defense and I think we passed.”
Navarro 54, Hutchinson 34
Hutchinson 3 10 14 7 — 34
Navarro 7 20 7 20 — 54
N — Tarlandus Mitchell 8 run (Patrick Sohrt kick)
H — Michael Mesh 23 FG
N — Jordan Jolly 13 pass from Stump Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
H — LaQua Mayes 38 pass from Luke Barnes (Mesh kick)
N — Tyler Middleton 70 run (kick failed)
N — Traylon Shead 22 run (Sohrt kick)
H — Mesh 43 FG
H — Kenny Flowers 50 fumble return (Mesh kick)
N — Shead 8 run (Sohrt kick)
H — Antonio Johnson 12 pass from Barnes (Mesh kick)
N — Jolly 15 pass from Godfrey (Sohrt kick)
H — Terrell Lane 18 run (Mesh kick)
N — Shead 4 run (Sohrt kick)
N — Middleton 1 run (Sohrt kick)
First Downs 21 26
Rush-yards 36-90 59-477
Passing yards 279 157
C-A-I 24-42-0 10-27-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-1
Punts-avg. 5-43 3-38
Penalties 2-20 12-115
Rushing — H: Terrell Lane 27-102, Luke Barnes 7-(14), Jatavius Stewart 1-1 , LaQua Mayes 1-1. N: Traylon Shead 23-129, Stump Godfrey 16-140 , Tarlandus Mitchell 8-55, Tyler Middleton 11-155 , Tony Drake 1-(-2).
Passing — N: Stump Godfrey 10-27-1-157. H: Barnes 23-41-0-250 , Lane 1-1-0-29
Receiving — N: Jordan Jolly 2-28, Chris Jones 2-21 , Eddie Johnson 2-66, Warreal Grogan 1-19, Mitchell 1-16, Shead 2-7. H: Stewart 1-3, Miguel Johns 3—40, Antonio Johnson 10-110, Kody Cook 5-46, Lane 3-17, Devondre Campbell 1-29, LaQua Mayes 1-38