2012 Bowl Preview: Heart of Texas, Brazos Valley, Carrier DomeNovember 29, 2012
HEART OF TEXAS BOWL
#5 Navarro (9-2) vs. #20 Georgia Military (7-3) – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Bulldawg Stadium – Copperas Cove, Texas
Two proud programs from football-crazed southern states will clash Saturday when No. 5 Navarro faces off against No. 20 Georgia Military in the 12th annual Heart of Texas Bowl. Playing in their third H.O.T. Bowl in the last four seasons, Navarro will look to build on their perfect 3-0 record in the game. Making their first bowl appearance since 2008, Georgia Military is seeking their first postseason victory in seven years.
The Navarro Bulldogs – champions of the SWJCFC – will rely heavily on their top-ranked rushing attack that is averaging 315.2 yards per game on the ground. First team All-SWJCFC selection Traylon Shead has been the workhorse at running back for Navarro in his sophomore year, running for 1,142 yards and 17 touchdowns – third most in the nation. Bulldogs sophomore Stump Godfrey presents a dual-threat at quarterback, throwing for 1,593 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 505 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore defensive end Arnold Blackmon has terrorized opposing quarterbacks this year, racking up eight sacks.
Georgia Military’s balanced attack on offense is directed by freshman quarterback Clay Chastain who has thrown for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns this year. The Bulldogs’ 16th-ranked rushing attack is built upon a trio of running backs in sophomores Mario Alford (right) and Phillip Moore and freshman Akeem Judd. The three backs have combined for 1,505 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012. Georgia Military’s defense has been stout all season, holding opponents to 338.6 yards per game and scoring five defensive touchdowns.
BRAZOS VALLEY BOWL
#11 Kilgore (8-2) vs. #13 Northwest Mississippi (7-2) – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. (CT)
Kyle Field – College Station, Texas – WATCH LIVE LISTEN LIVE
Battling in one of the nation’s premier football venues, No. 11 Kilgore and No. 13 Northwest Mississippi will take the field Saturday in the inaugural Brazos Valley Bowl. The Rangers from Texas and Mississippi are matched up in the postseason for the third time after splitting the 1965 and 1989 Shrine Bowl games.
The Kilgore Rangers offense runs through freshman quarterback Tanner Tausch who has passed for 1,694 yards and 16 touchdowns. Tausch has keyed in on sophomore wide receiver Ed’Marques Batties, a first team All-SWJCFC selection who has been on the receiving end of 10 of Kilgore’s 20 passing touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Emory Miller has been a dynamic weapon for the Rangers, leading the team with seven rushing touchdowns and throwing for three more. Kilgore’s defense is anchored by sophomore linebacker Charles Woods, the SWJCFC Defensive MVP who leads the country with six forced fumbles and ranks fifth with 12.8 tackles per game.
Averaging 425.9 yards per game this season, Northwest Mississippi’s offense is run by sophomore quarterback Domonique Harris (right). The signal-caller has thrown for 2,109 yards, connecting with 10 different receivers on his 15 touchdown passes. In the ground game, freshman Damian Baker has burst onto the scene with 983 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Rangers sophomore defensive back Aaron Thompson has been a playmaker on defense in 2012. The first team All-MACJC North selection ranks third in the nation in interceptions with six.
CARRIER DOME BOWL
#3 ASA (9-0) vs. #4 Snow (10-1) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Carrier Dome – Syracuse, N.Y. – WATCH LIVE
The first-ever Carrier Dome Bowl arguably boasts the second-most anticipated game of the 2012 bowl season between No. 3 ASA and No. 4 Snow. The ASA Avengers are heading to their first bowl in their program’s fourth season of existence, while Snow continues their postseason tradition by playing in their 20th bowl game.
After claiming the NFC championship, ASA has something to prove as they were the odd man out of the three undefeated teams remaining. The Avengers fifth-ranked rush attack is led by sophomore running back Hosey Williams who was named NFC Player of the Year after running for 130.2 yards per game this season – fourth most in the nation. Williams is complimented by a fellow Miami-native in sophomore wide receiver Ouslet Volcy who has eight touchdown catches in 2012. Boasting the top scoring defense in the land, the Avengers have held their opponents to 8.6 points per game.
Following an early loss in the third game of the season, the Snow Badgers have been on a tear during their eight-game win streak. Snow claimed both the WSFL’s offensive and defensive players of the year behind sophomore running back Breon Allen (right) and sophomore defensive lineman Ofa Hautau. Allen leads the nation in rushing with 1,609 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Badger attack has been made even more potent behind sophomore quarterback Christian Stewart’s 34 touchdown passes. Despite the attention drawn to Hautau, sophomore defensive lineman Jake Miller earned himself an All-WSFL first team selection this season after compiling 12 sacks – fourth most in the nation.