CORSICANA, Texas - Northeastern A&M jumped out to an early lead, but Navarro College ran off 27 straight points to claim a 34-12 victory in a SWJCFC football game here Saturday night.
The loss dropped the Golden Norsemen to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. They mark homecoming this Saturday, hosting Blinn College. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
A 29-yard field goal by Jeremy Knott gave NEO a 12-7 advantage with 8:08 until intermission.
Navarro took the lead for good about 5 minutes later on a 13-yard run by Tyrone Ross. A pass for the conversion failed, but the Bulldogs held a 13-12 advantage with 3:38 until the break.
The Dogs had to covert on third down twice in the 68-yard, nine-play drive.
Navarro took charge by scoring twice in three minutes in the third quarter.
An interception of a Bowling pass by Mark Booker set up an 18-yard run by Octavius Logan at the 5:47 mark. Chad McIntosh kicked the PAT.
Scott Hopkins intercepted a Kaelin Woods pass to set up the Bulldogs' next touchdown, a 1-yard run by Justin Sturns at 2:47.
Navarro benefitted from a defensive pass interference penalty on NEO freshman cornerback Abraham Woodard to set up a first-and-goal situation from the Norse 2.
The final touchdown came with 11:48 left in the game on a 12-yard run by William Powell. McIntosh added the PAT.
Navarro finished with 352 yards in total offense, 248 of that coming on the ground.
The Golden Norsemen had 137 yards rushing and 112 yards passing. Bowling led the way on the ground with 77 yards on 24 carries.
Navarro grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 14-yard TD pass from Andre Vevil to Jason Madkins.
The hosts got a 75-yard return of the opening kickoff by Kenny Henderson to the Norse 28. Four plays later, Madkins scored.
NEO countered with a 14-yard run by Shaun Baker-Hughes at the 8:14 mark of the first quarter.
An interception by Eric Williams had given the Golden Norse possession at the Navarro 34.
Tackle John White tackled Navarro running back Tyrone Ross in the end zone for a 17-yard loss and a safety with 12 seconds left in the opening period.
Knott's field goal capped a 68-yard drive that took eight plays midway through the second period. The big gainer was a 33-yard run by Bowling.