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Navasota Dominates To Win Their First State Championship

Navatosa wins Texas high school football Class 3A Division II State Championship

The Navasota Rattlers won their first state championship with a convincing 39-3 victory over the Gilmer Buckeyes in the Class 3A Division II Championship game. Gilmer started things off with a field goal midway through the first quarter and after that it was all Navasota as they scored the games final 39 points.

The Rattler offensive trio of Kadarius Baker, Austin Collins and Solomon McGinty all once again had big nights. The offensive MVP went to Collins who had 3 catches for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns and was also the teams leading rusher with 4 carries for 96 yards and 1 touchdown. Navasota's defense had a spectacular night holding a high scoring Gilmer offense to 162 total yards. That defense was led by defensive MVP Jordan Wells who entered the game with 153 tackles and Jake Bauer. On the season, the defense registered 5 shutouts and held opponents to single digits now 12 times.

This was Gilmer's 5th all-time championship game. They fall to 2-3 in the big game. The Buckeyes won state championships in 2004 & 2009 and were the state runner ups in 1981 and 2007. This was Navasota's 2nd all-time championship game. They are now have a 1-1 record. Their only other showing was in 1998 against Southlake Carrol where they lost 42-8.

This game was a match-up of Navasota's 8 All-State players against Gilmer-s 1 All-State player. Another interesting stat is how balanced Navasota is on offense. For the season, they had 439 running plays and 424 passing plays.

By: Michael Wright

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