Navasota wins first-ever state championship
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Navasota's senior all everything Austin Collins ended his high school career on the highest of high notes. Collins caught three passes for 64 yards, two for touchdowns including the Rattlers first of the game, and his 82 yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the play that Gilmer coach Jeff Traylor said put the Buckeyes away.
On the play before his touchdown run the 3A Offensive Player of the Year, Navasota quarterback Kadarius Baker was injured. Facing a third and 12, Collins sought out head coach Lee Fedora.
“He said 'Coach, I got this,'” Fedora said. “Wildcat.”
Collins took the snap, faked a handoff, bolted through the line and outraced the Gilmer defenders for the score. Collins wound up with 96 yards rushing and was named the game's outstanding offensive player.
Defense wins championships
As much attention as the offense received throughout the season for the Rattlers, the defense very quietly shut down another opponent, this time in the most important game of the season.
“Three points tonight,” asked Navasota head coach Lee Fedora. “That's 110 points allowed in 16 ball games. I'd say that's pretty darn impressive.”
When asked about the Rattlers front seven, Gilmer quarterback Tanner Barr said it was the best the Buckeyes had faced “by far.”
Barr was harassed all game by Jake Bauer and Jordan Wells, who was named the game's most outstanding defensive player. The two pressured the signal caller into a 5-23 passing day with no touchdowns and an interception. Bauer ended the game with six tackles and a sack, while Wells recorded seven solo tackles, six for a loss en route to being named the game's outstanding defensive player.