Blinn Football Falls To Navarro
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College football team fell to Navarro College, 69-31, at Cub Stadium Saturday.
With the loss, the Buccaneers are now 1-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
The Buccaneers jumped out to a 14-13 lead to open the game. Navarro scored first on a two-yard touchdown run and missed a two-point conversion to lead 6-0 with 9:41 on the clock. After the Buccaneers recovered a fumble, they scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass that Rogers sent to Thomas to take a 7-6 lead with 5:06 showing. Navarro took back a 13-7 lead when they scored on a nine-yard kick return at the 4:53 mark. However, Blinn jumped back ahead 14-13 when Rogers scored on a two-yard run with 1:02 showing.
In the second quarter, Navarro outscored Blinn to hold a 27-17 lead at halftime. The Buccaneers scored first to extend their lead to 17-13 when Michel kicked a 21-yard field goal at the 10:48 mark. The Bulldogs took back a 21-17 lead with a 15-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion with 7:47 left. Then, the Bulldogs kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:42 on the clock and a 31-yard field goal with 4.2 seconds remaining to lead 27-17 at the break.
The Buccaneers outscored the Bulldogs in the third quarter to just trail 34-31 moving into the final quarter. Navarro was the first to score in the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 10:26 on the clock to extend its lead to 34-17. However, the Buccaneers scored the next two touchdowns. Rogers connected with Davidson for a 21-yard touchdown pass at the 7:04 mark for the Buccaneers to trail 34-24. Then, Rogers continued the rally by rushing the ball in from 46 yards out for the Buccaneers to trail 34-31 with 3:47 left to go in the quarter.
Navarro was able to break away from Blinn in the fourth quarter with five touchdowns. Navarro scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass with 14:25 left to play, a three-yard rushing touchdown with 11:52 remaining, and a one-yard run with 10:00 on the clock to lead 55-31. Then, the Bulldogs scored on a 28-yard rushing touchdown at the 5:13 mark and returned a blocked punt to the end zone to lead 69-31 with 2:40 left.
Next, the Buccaneers will travel to compete against No. 8 Trinity Valley Community College on Saturday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 42 NJCAA national championships since 1987.