Lone Star Gridiron

2014 CLASS 4A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Argyle vs. Navasota

Argyle Eagles (15-0) vs. Navasota Rattlers (15-0)

4 p.m. Friday, AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Argyle and Navasota are our #1 & #2 teams in our end of the regular season polls

In our Pre-Season predictions we had both Argyle (in the semifinals) and Navasota (in the championship game) losing to Stephenville

At the end of the regular season we predicted Argyle over Navasota in the Championship Game

Argyle Championship Games (3) 1-2
2005 2A Division I – Newton 28, Argyle 20
2011 3A Division II – Wimberley 21, Argyle 14
2013 3A Division II – Argyle 38, Fairfield 33

Navasota Championship Games (2) 1-1
1988 3A – Southlake Carroll 42, Navasota 8
2012 3A Division II – Navasota 39, Gilmer 3

Argyle 2014 Schedule
vs Abilene Wylie (10-3) (W 34-28)
vs Denison (4-6) (at AT&T Stad) (W 42-35)
vs Celina (12-3) (W 41-29)
at Graham (12-3) (W 35-27)
at Paris (8-5) (W 38-14)
at Carrollton Ranchview (9-3)* (W 72-42)
vs Wilmer-Hutchins (4-7)* (W 65-7)
at Dallas Carter (1-9)* (W 56-14)
vs Dallas Pinkston (2-8)* (W 65-14)
at Sanger (9-3)* (W 44-7)
vs Lake Worth (2-9) (FW Boswell) (W 70-7)
vs Kaufman (5-7) (Carrollton's Standridge) (W 49-13)
vs Kennedale (12-1) (Mesquite's Hanby) (W 52-48)
vs Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (8-6) (Royse City) (W 45-42)
vs Graham (12-3) (Aledo) (W 23-20)
POINTS FOR (731) POINTS AGAINST (347)

Navasota 2014 Schedule
vs Nuevo Leon, MX (W 62-0)
at Houston Yates (7-4) (W 66-13)
vs Coldspring-Oakhurst (9-3) (W 35-14)
vs Rogers Heritage, AR (W 49-10)
at Fort Worth Castleberry (1-9) (W 56-3)
at Houston Sterling (3-7)* (W 87-12)
at Sealy (5-6)* (W 65-6)
vs Houston Furr (5-5)* (W 85-0)
at Houston Wheatley (4-7)* (W 56-0)
vs Houston Washington (3-7)* (W 77-0)
vs Needville (4-7) (Conroe's Moorhead) (W 55-15)
vs Tyler Chapel Hill (6-6) (Conroe's Moorhead) (W 49-28)
vs El Campo (11-2) (Conroe's Moorhead) (W 54-36)
vs Henderson (11-3) (Lufkin) (W 34-14)
vs Liberty Hill (12-3) (Waco's McLane) (W 49-26)
POINTS FOR (879) POINTS AGAINST (177)

Argyle EaglesMike Says: What a great game this will be....#1 vs. #2. This game features lots of stat leaders and several all-time record holders. Argyle is back for their 4th championship game and is the defending Division II Champion from last year. The Eagles are led by RB Nick Ralston who has 2,474 yards rushing (#14 in this years rushing leaders) and 41 touchdowns. Navasota returns after winning the 2012 Division II Championship. Their high flying offense is led by QB Shelton Eppler who has 4,967 yards which leads the state and 67 touchdown passes. He only needs 2 more to break the all-time record for touchdown passes in a season. His #1 target is WR Tren'davian Dickson who leads the state with 1,988 yards receiving and 35 touchdowns. The 35 touchdowns breaks the states all-time record for receiving touchdowns. These 2 offenses will put up the points so the defenses will need to step up in order to win this championship. Argyle is led by DL David Bearden (88 tackles 25 TFL and 10 sacks) while Navasota counters with LB Coy Imhoff (156 tackles 16 TFL). Both defenses but pressure on the quarterback as Argyle has has 34 sacks on the year while Navasota has 33. Argyle is #1 but they have escaped with narrow victories over the past 3 weeks. They know how to come from behind and win the tough ones. Navasota has never been challenged. Their closest game was an 18 point playoff win. It will be a shootout. The EAGLES win back to back championships with a 45-44 win!!

Argyle EaglesChris Says: It doesn't get any harder on me than this game.  Coach Lee Fedora's Navasota Rattlers have been such a joy to watch all season and as he mentioned in our recent interview, they have played together since junior high and that teamwork is paying off.  Argyle is coming off a State Championship and can I just say Nick Ralston is probably pound-for-pound the toughest running back in the state.  They have had one heck of a tough route to return to the title game, and somehow managed to come out on the winning end each time.  It is that intangible - that way the Eagles have of finding a way to win that seems to be the difference.  It is a shame someone has to go home with a L after this one.  The EAGLES take it 49-48!!

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