Needville Blue Jays (1-1) at Geronimo Navarro Panthers (0-1)
Friday, September 11, 2020 — 7:30 p.m. — Erwin Lee Field
Needville head coach Mike Giles hasn’t been afraid to travel during his time with the Blue Jays.
Most recently, the Blue Jays played a home and home series with Corpus Christi Calallen.
In 2020, Giles turned his focus to the San Antonio area.
Needville’s first road game of the season will be at Erwin Lee Field in Geronimo against the Navarro Panthers.
Like Calallen, Navarro brings a long pedigree of winning to its contest against Needville.
The Panthers have recorded eight-straight seasons with at least 10 wins or more under head coaches Less Goad and Rod Blount.
Blount enters his third season in charge of Navarro where the Panthers finished 13-1 last season while winning the District 13-4A DII crown.
Navarro entered the 2020 season ranked No. 9 in Dave Cambell’s Texas Football-Associated Press preseason poll for Class 4A-DII.
But the Panthers dropped out of the top 10 with a loss in week two against La Vernia.
The Bears beat Navarro 28-19 at home.
The Panthers turned the ball over six times in the loss.
Navarro out gained La Vernia 255 to 219 and had more first downs, 13 to 12.
Nearly all of Navarro’s offense came on the ground with 237 yards rushing on 46 carries.
Quarterback Nick Billings was 2-of-4 for 18 yards and two interceptions. Both those receptions went to Sam Muniga.
Muniga was also the team leader in rushing attempts with 11 for 42 yards.
Cole Mouser had the team high in rushing yards with 43 yards on six attempts. Billings, Brody Whitson and James Brinsley each had rushing touchdowns.
The Panthers will run behind an experienced offensive line headed by Cole Booker, who was the year’s all-district offensive lineman. Booker’s line-mates, Cooper Syzdek and Jon Gilbert, help anchor the line.
Needville will need to repeat a similar defensive effort the team had against Huffman Hargrave last week.
The Blue Jays limited the Falcons to 212 yards rushing on 46 attempts.
More importantly, the Blue Jays offense seeks to find its rhythm.
Senior quarterback Trevor Baker hasn’t been on the same page with his receiver through two games. He has completed just 41% of his passes (19x46).
Senior Walker Warncke has been able to keep the offense on track on the ground with 337 rushing yards and six touchdowns through two contests.