Here come the Blue Jays

Needville sophomore Landen Hobbs, senior Mitchell Hackstedt and senior Cavitt Culp enter the field for the Blue Jays’ game against Livingston.

The Needville High School football team has been out of sync.

The Blue Jays have been inconsistent on both offense and defense throughout the team’s first two games, and Friday’s 45-27 loss to Geronimo Navarro was another example of the disjointed play.

Needville gave up nearly 400 yards of offense to trail 38-7 at halftime at Erwin Lee Field in Geronimo.

Navarro, a team that runs the slot-T offense, caught Needville off guard early with multiple extended passing plays. The Panthers’ junior quarterback Nick Billings completed three of his four passes for 153 yards and a touchdown in the opening two quarters.

In comparison, Navarro had 307 passing yards all of last season. It was 14 games in total.

The Panthers led 14-0 with just over six minutes off the clock in the first quarter. A long reception from senior Sam Muniga and nine-yard run by junior Cole Mouser put the points on the board.

The Blue Jays’ early struggles on offense were exacerbated by Navarro’s ability to quickly march down the field.

After a three-and-out drive by Needville, Navarro added a field goal after a five-play drive covered 81 yards. Senior Sebastian Sneed converted a 36-yard kick.

Navarro scored on its next three drives in the second quarter after returning to its strength, the running game.

The Panthers led 24-0 after a 43-yard touchdown run by Muniga with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

Billings called his own number with a four-yard touchdown run under six minutes left in the first half.

Five minutes later, Zeke Compos reached the end zone on a nine-yard run to help put the Panthers up 38-7.

Needville’s lone first-half score was on a 41-yard connection between seniors quarterback Trevor Baker and receiver Dax Bridges with over three minutes left in the first half.

Navarro was content to run the clock in the second half by keeping the ball on the ground.

Compos added to the lead with a two-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

The Blue Jays were also able to find success running the ball in the second half.

Baker and freshman Sherman Jones were able to stride through the Panther defense.

Jones scored his first varsity touchdown with 19 seconds left in the third quarter before the extra point went wide to set the score at 45-13 Navarro.

Baker recorded his second touchdown pass to a wide-open junior receiver Blake Maresh for a 12-yard score with 3:33 left in the ballgame.

Jones finished off his night on a one-yard touchdown plunge with 34 seconds remaining.

Jones finished with 89 yards on 19 carries.

Baker was 12-of-32 for 242 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.

Needville had 434 yards of offense compared to Navarro’s 481.

Needville (1-2) will host Yoakum next week while Navarro (1-1) will travel to Cuero.

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