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Oct. 1, 2011

No. 2 Buccaneers defeat top-ranked Navarro in 31-26 thriller

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The most anticipated game of the season certainly didn’t disappoint, as the No. 2 ranked Blinn Buccaneers upset the top-ranked Navarro Bulldogs 31-26 before 2,243 fans at “Blue Out” Night at Cub Stadium.

The win by the Bucs (5-0, 2-0) is the third in the last five meetings between the two perennial powerhouses. The two teams have won three of the last five NJCAA national championships, with the Bucs taking home the title in 2006 and 2009. The attendance was the largest ever for Blinn at Cub Stadium.

The Bucs’ defense set the tone early, forcing the Bulldogs to punt on their first two possessions of the game. After a punt on their first possession, the Bucs’ offense would cap an 80 yard drive on a two-yard touchdown keeper by freshman quarterback Eric Matthews (Brookshire Royal) to take a 7-0 lead at the 1:12 mark in the first.

In the second quarter, Navarro would kick a 26 yard field goal to make the score 7-3 with 11:32 to play in the half. Blinn quickly drove the length of the field, but the Bucs would miss a chance at a short field goal on a botched snap. Navarro would then score on their next possession on a one-yard keeper by quarterback Adrian Nelson to give the Bulldogs a 10-7 lead with 4:32 left in the quarter. The Bucs would then re-take the lead on a 51 yard screen pass from Matthews to sophomore running back Marion Grice (Aldine Nimitz) with 1:27 remaining in the half. Navarro would threaten again, but freshman safety Tevin Broussard (Beaumont Central) intercepted a Nelson pass to keep the score 14-10 at half.

In the third, Blinn would strike right away after a 62 yard run by Matthews and a one yard touchdown run by Grice, giving the Bucs a 21-10 lead at the 13:57 mark. After forcing the Bulldogs to punt on their next possession, Grice would fumble, giving Navarro the ball back on their own 33. A quick drive would lead to another field goal, closing the gap to 21-13 with 6:30 left in the third. The Bucs offense would strike again quickly on a 66 yard touchdown bomb from Matthews to freshman receiver Saqwan Edwards (Manvel) to stretch the lead to 28-13. The Bucs’ defense would step up again when freshman linebacker Brandon Thornton (Conroe) would recover a fumble by the Bulldogs to close out the quarter.

After the Bucs were forced to punt on their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs drove the length of the field only to have a field goal attempt blocked by the Buccaneers’ special teams. The Bucs would add a 33 yard field goal by freshman Kurt Walker (Hebron) to give them a 31-19 lead with 7:30 left in the game. It would only take less than a minute for the Bulldogs to strike again, capping off a 58 yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run to close the score to 31-26 with 6:40 remaining. After the offense stalled, the Bucs were forced to punt, giving Navarro the ball on their own 20 with 4:35 left in the game. The Bulldogs would drive 32 yards, but the Bucs defense would make a huge stand and force a turnover on downs. The offense would then gain two more first downs, running out the clock and securing the 31-26 victory.

The Bucs were led by Matthews, who finished the game with 337 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. Grice added 106 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

With the win, the Bucs will likely move into the top spot when the NJCAA Top 20 National Poll is released on Tuesday.

The Bucs will next host Tyler Junior College on Oct. 8 at Bryan High’s Merrill Green Stadium. This marks the third consecutive season the Bucs have played a home game in Bryan, home of the school’s largest campus with over 13,000 students. Kick-off for the SWJCFC game is set for 3 p.m.



2011 Game Recap

Aug 25, 2011- Bucs at Fort Scott

Sept 2, 2011 - Bucs vs SE Prep

Sept 12, 2011- Bucs vs NEO

Sept 20, 2011 - Bucs at Arkansas Baptist


2011 Stories

Sept. 27, 2011 - Buccaneers hold at No. 2 in NJCAA football poll

Sept. 14, 2011 - Buccaneers remain No. 2 in NJCAA football poll

Sept. 6, 2011 - Buccaneers jump to No. 2 in first regular season NJCAA football poll

Aug 2, 2011 - Buccaneers start 2011 football season No. 4 in NJCAA Preseason Poll

April 29, 2011 Bucs end Spring Season with Blue and White game. photo gallery

Former Blinn All-American Wins 2010 Heisman Trophy

February 2, 2011 - 2011 Blinn Buccaneer Football Signing

January 19, 2011 - Ronny Feldman named new Blinn head football coach


Spotlight on Blinn Football


 

February Signees     

     

Player

Position

University

High School

Kip Daily  

DB

Kansas State

A&M Consolidated

Alex Elkins

LB

Oklahoma State

Keller

Princeton Jackson

LB

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Cypress Ridge

Dewayne Peace

WR

Univ. of Houston

South Grand Prairie

LaMarc Strahan

DT

Texas A&M 

Humble

Mike Yoder 

OL

Texas State

Kingwood

 

December Signees     

     

Player

Position

University

High School

Luke Anderson          

DB

Univ. of Wyoming 

Southlake Carroll

Kyle Doll 

TE

Texas State

A&M Consolidated

Garrett Langthorpe

OL

Arkansas State

Conroe

Philander Moore

ATH

Ole Miss

Austin Bowie

Gadrian Muse 

LB

Mid-Western State

Brookshire Royal

Sean Robertson

OL

Lamar University

Copperas Cove

Shaun Rutherford

ATH

Texas State

Bay City

Dextrell Simmons

LB

Boise State

Westfield

Dominic Smith

DT

Univ. of Houston

Patrick Henry

Justin Tuggle

QB

Kansas State

Northview (GA)

 

 

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Thomas Rocco   Defensive Back Coach   979-337-6709
Kurt Nichols   Football Offensive Line Coach   979-337-6705
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As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Buccaneers compete in the Region XIV Athletic Conference and the Southwest Junior College Football Conference. In 1995 and 1996, Blinn College made history by becoming the first college to win back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association football championships with 24 consecutive wins.Blinn added a third national title in 2006 following a perfect 12-0 season and its fourth national championship in 2009. The Buccaneers compete in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. Complementing the athletic teams are the Blinn Cheerleaders, the Buccaneer Treasures Dance Team and the Blinn College Marching Band.

All athletic teams are located on the Brenham campus.