State Colleges

NO. 2 NAVARRO VS. NO. 1 BUTLER

Three things about Navarro

1. Navarro lost to Butler 16-10 on Aug. 26 in the season opener at Cessna Stadium, turning the ball over four times.

2. Navarro coach Nick Bobeck is in his third season with a record of 31-3 with two Southwest Junior College Football Conference titles.

3. The Bulldogs will play four defensive tackles, three of whom signed with Division I schools out of high school — Joey Searcy (Minnesota), Andre Jones (Texas) and Calvin Barnett (Arkansas).

Key matchup

Whoever starts at quarterback for Navarro against Butler's defense. Navarro quarterback Roddy Green started the first 10 games of the season but injured a thumb ligament in the SWJCFC semifinals. Green took the first snap at quarterback then played running back and receiver in the conference title game against Trinity Valley and finished with 97 yards of offense. Freshman Adam Nelson threw for four touchdowns against Trinity Valley.

Tony Adame's pick: Butler 35-14

Navarro played a sloppy game in the opener, but so did Butler, which took a conservative approach on offense in quarterback Zach Mettenberger's first game. Expect the Grizzlies to air it out on offense and overpower Navarro on defense.

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