Brock Landis and Danny Gray connect for three touchdowns in 38-33 win
CORSICANA, Texas — Quarterback Brock Landis and wide receiver Danny Gray connected for three touchdowns on Saturday night to help boost No. 18 Blinn College football to a 38-33 win over Navarro College on the road.
“It is always hard to win in this conference, especially on the road, so I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” said Ryan Mahon, Blinn head coach. “Landis did a really good job and every wide receiver that played tonight had a catch, so he is playing with this offense at a high level and it is fun to watch.”
Landis led Blinn’s offense with a total of five touchdown passes.
The first quarter was low scoring as Navarro led Blinn 7-3. The Bulldogs scored first on a 3-yard run with 3:39 remaining, while Blinn landed on the board in the final second when Alex Schroeder kicked a 23-yard field goal.
In the second quarter, Landis threw for three touchdowns to help Blinn gain a 24-17 lead over the Bulldogs at the half.
Landis connected with Gray for Blinn’s first two touchdowns. First, Landis and Gray linked up for a 95-yard touchdown pass for the Buccaneers to lead 10-7 with 13:09 on the clock. Navarro evened the score to 10-10 with a field goal before Landis found Gray in the end zone again, this time for a 10-yard touchdown pass at the 7:15 mark.
Blinn extended its lead to 24-10 with 5:09 left when Landis connected with Trea Shropshire for a 2-yard touchdown pass. Navarro scored its final touchdown of the first half with 2:00 remaining on a one-yard run.
Blinn came out strong in the third quarter as Landis threw a 74-yard pass to Xavier Hutchinson in the end zone within the first two minutes (13:17). Navarro scored one touchdown in the quarter on a 16-yard pass to close in on the Buccaneers, but Blinn answered back immediately. With 7:56 left in the third, Gray caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Landis for Blinn to lead 38-24 entering the final quarter.
Navarro managed the only points in the final quarter. With 10:26 left, the Bulldogs scored on a safety. Then, Navarro scored on a four-yard pass with 2:20 remaining to gain on Blinn 38-33. The Buccaneers were able to hold Navarro off for the rest of the game for the win.
Next, Blinn will return home to face Rezolution Prep Academy in a non-conference game on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987. For more information, visit www.buccaneersports.com.
(COURTESY: Tara Dreyer, Blinn Information)