By Mike Alzamora/KTBB Sports
The Tyler Junior College Apaches fell behind early and could never catch up to the No. 11 ranked Navarro Bulldogs. TJC surrendered touchdowns on Navarro’s first three offensive possessions as the talented Bulldogs came away with a 52-35 victory on a cool, blustery Saturday afternoon at Corsicana’s Tiger Stadium. Navarro has now won eight straight over the Apaches.
Navarro sophomore quarterback and former Gilmer Buckeye Darian “Stump” Godfrey threw four touchdown passes as the Apache defense struggled to slow down the Bulldog offense for most of the day. Despite trailing 31-7 at halftime, Tyler’s offense continued to move the football in the second half and wound up with respectable offensive numbers. TJC sophomore quarterback Tyrik Rollison, the reigning conference player of the week, threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for two more in a effort to try to rally his club. Unfortunately, the Apaches were also hurt by three turnovers, including two fumbles on unexpected snaps and an interception by Rollison.
TJC falls to 3-3 on the season and 1-2 in SWJCFC action. Meanwhile, the nationally-ranked and defending conference champion Bulldogs improve to 5-1 on the year and 3-1 in league play. Tyler hosts Cisco next Saturday night for Homecoming at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Navarro will be home to Southeast Prep Academy.