SWJCFC Preview: Navarro College

This is the fourth in a series of SWJCFC team previews by contributing writer, Mike Montfort. Head coach Chuck Lawrence and his Navarro Bulldogs are coming off a 4-5 season. The defensive front six returns intact, with depth.Three members of the defense were placements: DT Robert Claypool, by Colorado St,, LB Mark Young, by Texas A&M, and DE James Fantroy, by Baylor.

Corsicana, Texas

Colors: Red and White
Home Field: Tiger Field (5,000, Grass)
Head Coach: Chuck Lawrence (8th year)
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Kilts (OL), Ray Woodard (DC/LB/RC), Clint Resta (QB/WR), Andy Garza (RB), Winston Kibbles (DL).
2005 Preseason Ranking: None
2004 Record: 4-5
2004 SWJCFC Record: 2-4 (Tied for 4th)
2004 National Ranking: None
Bowl Games: None
Type of Offense: Pro
Type of Defense: Multiple 4-2-5
Returning Lettermen: 28

Returning Offensive Starters: 6 Joe Holmes (6-2, 305, C, Corsicana); Adrian Dayse (6-3, 305, OT, Beaumont West Brook); Chad Lester (6-4, 310, OT, Fort Worth Western Hills); Chris Johnson (6-3, 220, QB, Fort Worth Polytechnic); Jamaiel Dickerson (6-2, 200, WR, LaMarque).

Returning Defensive Starters: 7 Darrin Edwards (6-3, 300, DE, Wharton); Willie Fitzgerald (6-2, 305, DT, Seguin); Corey Struggs (5-10, 280, DT, Dallas); Robert Claypool (6-2, 285, DT, Aurora, Colo.); Michael McMurray (6-0, 225, DE, Henderson); Mark Young (6-2, 220, LB, Mount Pleasant); Damon Hurst (5-11, 225, LB, Waco).

Top Transfer: James Bradley (5-10, 175, DB, South Garland / Tr-Washington).

Top Freshman Recruits: Tyrone Ross (5-8, 180, RB, Tyler Lee); Ray Sims (5-11, 200, DB, Corsicana); Jon Bauer (5-10, 175, WR/Ath, Corsicana); John Olie (6-3, 317, DT., Hurst Bell); Sosia Uhila (6-3, 295, DT, Arlington Bowie); Ruppert Edwards (5-10, 187, RB, Cedar Park), Marcus Still (6-2, 200, LB, San Antonio Roosevelt); Dustin Calhoun (6-0, 170, DB, A&M Consolidated); Jamal Pettiford (6-0, 196, QB, Humble); Josh Davis (6-4, 270, OG, Mesquite Horn); Curtis Mayfield (6-0, 189, WR, North Garland); Kevin Barnes (5-9, 180, WR, Abilene); William Scott (6-2, 300, OG, Dallas Skyline); Tim Riley (6-1, 190, DB, Dallas Skyline); Tomario Cleveland (5-11, 175, DB, Corsicana); Eric Gordon (6-4, 190, QB, Corsicana).

2005 Schedule

Aug 27 -- v. Tyler at Chapel Hill, 7 p.m.
Sept 3 -- at Georgia Military, Noon, CDT
Sept 10 -- Open Date
Sept 17 -- at Kilgore*, 7 p.m.
Sept 24 -- Tyler*, 7 p.m.
Oct 1 -- at TVCC*, 3 p.m.
Oct 8 -- NEO A&M*+, 3 p.m.
Oct 15 -- at Cisco*, 3 p.m.
Oct 22 -- Ranger, 3 p.m.
Oct 29 -- Blinn*, 3 p.m.

* Denotes SWJCFC Game

+ Denotes Homecoming

NOTES: Chuck Lawrence, the dean of SWJCFC head coaches, is the NJCAA Football Coaches Association President for 2005-2007…Joining Lawrence's staff in June were former Snow College head coach Jeff Kilts and former NFL Europe defensive coordinator Ray Woodard, a former University of Texas and NFL star who played and coached at Kilgore College…Navarro will play its games next year at the new 10,000-seat Corsicana ISD Sports Complex…The defensive front six returns intact, with depth….Three members of the defense were placements: DT Claypool, by Colorado State, LB Mark Young, by Texas A&M, and DE James Fantroy, by Baylor…LaMarque DE Darrin Williams returns from a foot injury that had to be surgically repaired before last season…Look for Abilene Cooper freshman Antoine Livingston (5-9, 175) to make major contributions at WR with speed and game-breaking ability. He had an outstanding spring game…Two Corsicana football players perhaps overlooked in the recruiting process surfaced at Navarro. All-purpose WR Jon Bauer accounted for 4283 total yards in his high school career, including 2498 receiving and 1200 in returns. DB Ray Sims, Corsicana's fourth-leading career tackler (338 stops), figures prominently in an unsettled secondary where all jobs are up for grabs…Freshman RB Ross, with 4.38 speed in the 40, was Tyler Lee's all-time career rushing (4748 yards with 55 rushing TD) and scoring (332 points) leader…RB Edwards rushed for Cedar Park record 2800 yards in two seasons, including 1785 with a school-record 31 TD in a 13-game 2004.Freshmen DT Sosia Uhila (Arlington Bowie) and John Olie (Hurst Bell) are cousins…San Antonio Roosevelt LB Marcus Still, a state wrestling finalist in his class, had a 22-2 record and was unbeaten against regional finalists in his weight group…South Garland DB transfer James Bradley recorded 58 tackles, intercepted five passes and broke up eight others, recovered two fumbles, and blocked seven field goals and extra-point attempts...

 


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