Pre/Game: CL Hawks @ Navarro Panthers
Pre/Game: Canyon Lake @ Navarro 7:30pm
Hawks (3-6) Panthers (8-1)
Series Record: Panthers lead 2-1. 2010 Hawks 26 Panthers 38 2011 Hawks 41 Panthers 26 2012 Hawks 14 Panthers 49
Season Records: Hawks 06 Blanco 13 Navarro 27 SA Antonian 21 Hawks 35 Somerset 47 Navarro 42 SA Christian 26 Hawks 14 La Vernia 34 Navarro 40 SA Holy Cross 20 Hawks 07 Burnet 34 Navarro 42 Marion 13 Hawks 28 La Grange 48 Navarro 54 SA Sam Houston 12 Hawks 14 Fredericksburg 38 Navarro 44 Boerne 20 Hawks 27 Bandera 06 Navarro 24 Wimberley 14 Hawks 28 Wimberley 13 Navarro 29 Fredericksburg 31 Hawks 37 Boerne 28 Navarro 42 Bandera 21
Navarro will be the favorite this week against Canyon Lake simply by looking at each school’s record and common opponents.
The Panthers only loss to Fredericksburg was on a last second field goal whereas CL was beat handily by the Billies, 38-14.
Canyon Lake has won their Total Yardage stats in 7 of their 9 game season thus far. That can tell you that yardage is not a good yardstick for gauging how good a team might be.
This year, CL has seen that they need more than just offense to win football games.
Special teams and defense are two more variables you need to add to a formula that can spell doom or victory for any team.
In those three wins thus far, Canyon Lake has proven that being on top requires at least two of those components to win.
Special Teams Defense Offense Bandera √ Blocked Kicks √ 109 Total Yardage √ 367 rushing yards Wimberley √ Great Kick-offs √ 150 Total Yardage √ 395 total yardage Boerne √ On-Side Kick Not in this game. √ 349 rushing yards
Now it is time for the Hawks to look in the mirror in more ways than one.
1) Look in the Mirror to see what they have become this last month.
2) Look in the Mirror because CL will be facing a team with the exact same offense.
That running game will make the other two components magnified in this contest.
Navarro has been a scoring machine all season, but they have had three games where their scoring was only in the 20s and that is where the Hawks will have to keep Navarro to have a good chance to win this game.
Wimberley held the Panthers to 24 points, but the Texans offense could not capitalize. Canyon Lake saw Wimberley’s offense and knows that it was not a lethal weapon this season.
San Antonio Antonian held Navarro to 27 points on opening night and Antonian has not lost a game since and stand with an 8-1 record.
Fredericksburg held Navarro to 29 points and won that game.
There is one aspect that can come into play in this match-up….extra points. Navarro is converting 71% of their PAT’s and 53% of their 2 point tries.
In all but one game this season, Navarro has missed their first to third extra point tries which puts the Panthers in a go for two mode for much of the game to get points back.
Canyon Lake on the other hand has just one miss since Mike Thorpe has taken over that position the second game of this season.
Navarro has discovered the pass this season as the Panthers have over 600 yards through the rarified air with Desmond Smith being the recipient of most of those passes catching 26 of those throws for 358 yards and six touchdowns.
In running the ball, Navarro has a slew of players that have taken the rock with five players amassing 300 yards or more.
Name Attempts Yards Ave/Per Att TD Luke Jaroszewski 147 1062 7.1 12 Anthony Grant 92 446 4.9 7 Jay Leal 61 431 7.1 3 Evan DeLeon 64 391 6.1 5 Ty Durham 56 387 6.9 7
Canyon Lake has been run over in their games against Navarro as you ponder the rushing numbers below these past three years, averaging 62 attempts and 423 yards.
Navarro Rushing Att Yards Ave TD 2010 76 533 7.0 4 2011 55 411 7.5 3 2012 56 326 5.8 5
Last season in their win, Navarro had two touchdowns via the airways as they turned off the faucet long before the game was over to save their water for the playoffs.
Canyon Lake has clinched a playoff spot as has Navarro, but this game is certainly the marquee contest of District 27-3A this week.
The Hawks are riding a nice momentum wave and hopefully their is a full moon on this night as that can certainly help in getting that wave and this team to a surprising four game winning streak high.