Riding a 10-game winning streak, No. 1 ranked Navarro College comes to Miami Saturday for a 3 p.m. showdown with the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen at Robertson Field.
After playing four consecutive games against nationally ranked teams, first-year head coach Nick Bobeck's Bulldogs face three straight teams with losing records.
Defending Southwest Junior College Football Conference champions, the Bulldogs visit Robertson Field with a perfect 5-0 season record and 3-0 conference mark. Last weekend, the Bulldogs routed 12th-ranked Trinity Valley 35-6 in Corsicana.
Navarro has not lost a game since dropping a 28-14 decision to Cisco, Texas, last Oct. 13.
Last season, under former head coach Ray Woodard, the Bulldogs finished tied with Blinn and Cisco in the SWJCFC with a 4-2 record. Navarro won the post-season conference championship with a 54-28 victory over Kilgore College.
The Bulldogs defeated Georgia Military 24-21 in the now-defunct Pilgrim's Pride Bowl at Mount Pleasant, Texas, to finish fourth in the nation with a 9-3 overall record.
The Golden Norsemen have a 15-7-1 record against the Bulldogs in a rivalry that was launched in the 1977 Garland (Texas) Chamber of Commerce Bowl game.
Last season, the Golden Norse jumped out to an early lead, but Navarro College ran off 27 straight points to claim a 34-12 victory in Corsicana.
The Bulldogs, third in the SWJCFC in total offense at 386 yards per game, feature a balanced attack.
Sophomore quarterback Andre Bevil (6-2, 186 of West Orange, Texas) guides the Bulldog offense.
Bevil ranks fourth in the conference in passing efficiency by completing 33 of 67 passes for 525 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions. He has also gained 85 yards on 42 carries with two TDs.
While Bevil is an accurate passer, he scored on a 66-yard run last weekend against Trinity Valley.
Like most Texas teams, the Bulldogs use the running game as their bread and butter on offense. They're averaging 280 yards per game on the ground.
Sophomore tailback William Powell (5-10, 175 of Duncanville, Texas) is the key cog in the Navarro ground game.
Powell ranks fourth in the SWJCFC with 476 yards on 58 carries and four touchdowns. His 8.2 yards-per-carry average leads the conference. He had a 96-yard touchdown run last week.
Converted quarterback Justin Sturns (5-11, 205 of Rusk, Texas) has contributed 209 yards on 40 carries with three TDs.
Veteran Rodney Bradley (6-1, 180 of Lake Highlands, Texas) leads the Bulldogs receiving corps with six catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
Navarro's interior offensive line averages 315 pounds across the front led by tackles Zhamal Thomas (6-4, 320 of New Liberia, La.) and J'Marcus Webb (6-8, 300 of North Mesquite, Texas).
Defensively, the Bulldogs rank second in the SWJCFC by allowing an average of 273.2 total yards per game.
Sophomore defensive tackle Devin McDonald (6-2, 250 of Rockwall, Texas) leads the Bulldogs with four quarterback sacks for minus-24 yards. He has made 16 total tackles.
Freshmen defensive linemen Brad Graham and Erroll Garrett lead Navarro in total tackles. Graham (6-4, 300 of Waco, Texas) has made 39 total tackles while Garrett (6-1, 220 of Terrell, Texas) has 36 total tackles.
Norse notes: Prior to the game, a tailgate party will be held in the north end zone area under the big tent. Tickets are $6 per person and will go on sale at 2 p.m. at the northeast gate.