Local standouts to play in bowl game
Dec 06, 2013 | 1204 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Four area standouts will be competing in a bowl game to wrap up the 2013 football season.

Former East Side standouts Khiry Lucas and Chris Lee, former Shaw star Christopher Harthone and former Ray Brooks standout Joshua Tyler will be competing with the Hinds Community College Eagles on Saturday in the Brazos Valley Bowl.

Hinds will take on Navarro (Texas) College and look to continue their five-game winning streak at noon in Bryan, Texas.

The second annual bowl game was originally set for Kyle Field on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, but has been moved to Merrill Green Stadium in nearby Bryan due to a $450 million renovation on Kyle Field.

Hinds enters the contest ranked 14th in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, while the Bulldogs of Navarro (8-3) come in ranked 16th in the country.

Lucas has had a stellar year for the Eagles after making the transition from receiver to defensive back. Lucas leads the team and conference with four interceptions on the season. His four picks are also good for 19th in the nation. Lucas also has 42 tackles on the year.

Harthone has had a big year for the Eagles as the second leading tackler with 72 tackles. He also has recorded one sack and has one interception.

Tyler has excelled in his moments on the field with 26 tackles and two sacks.

Lee plays receiver for the Eagles and this year he has hauled in 21 receptions for 297 yards and two touchdowns.

For Hinds, this postseason contest marks the first bowl game for the Eagles since 2000 when Hinds claimed the Mississippi Magnolia Bowl. Navarro, meanwhile, has five straight bowl victories to its credit.

Both programs will enter Saturday's game with explosive offenses led by potent ground attacks.

Hinds is currently 11th in the nation in yards per game (434.6) and 14th in points per game (36.1), while Navarro is 13th in the country in yards per game (429.7) and sixth in points per game (44.5).

The Eagles average 239.8 yards per game on the ground (good enough for ninth in the nation) and 194.8 yards per game through the air, while the Bulldogs of Navarro average 271.5 yards per game via the rush (fifth in the nation) and 158.3 yards per game via the pass.

James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.) gives the Eagles a dual-threat under center, as the freshman signal caller is 89-183 for 1,401 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions through the air and leads the team in carries (134), rushing yards (572) and rushing touchdowns (12).

Navarro will feature the two-headed attack of running backs Tim Wright and Cameron Washington. Wright has 212 rushes for 1,391 yards and 20 touchdowns, while Washington has carried the ball 131 times for 850 yards and nine touchdowns.

Hinds brings a stingy defense to Saturday's matchup, as the Eagles are currently ranked 11th in the nation in points allowed per game (18.7), but the Bulldogs do not fall far behind, entering the game 24th in the country in the same category by allowing only 22.6 points per contest.

Herbert Harris (Clinton), a sophomore linebacker, leads the Eagles with 63 solo tackles and 41 assists. He also has two tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups and one interception.

Navarro is led on the defensive side by linebacker Dominique Kelly, who has 36 solo tackles, 21 assists, three sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.