The final whistle sounded, marking the end of Nipomo’s CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division playoff run and the football career of Titans senior running back Antonio Navarro on Saturday.
Navarro carried the ball 23 times for 133 yards with a touchdown in Nipomo’s 35-14 loss to Linfield Christian, overcoming an early fumble. Sixteen of those carries came in the first half, where he piled up 87 yards.
Navarro ran hard all night, but the Titans had costly penalties and lacked the big play offense needed to get back in the game.
Navarro didn’t fumble once in 12 games this year; his three fumbles all came in the past two playoff games.
Over his two varsity years, Navarro finished with 331 carries for 1,980 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“Tony was great,” coach Tony Dodge said. “Props to the whole senior class here. Nobody gave them any credit, nobody thought they would do anything, and they did the program proud and the community proud by bringing us back to the semifinals and a great job of continuing to build a winning program here at Nipomo.”
Nipomo finishes the season 7-6, including 3-1 in the Northern League.
“This season was an amazing season. I wouldn’t change the season at all. I grew up with these guys since I was a youth,” Navarro said. “We grew up together, we started playing together and we finished the last game together.
“I love each and every guy on this team,” Navarro said, turning and pointing to his teammates behind him. “There’s no guys I don’t like. Between the coaches, between the chain gang, I love everyone. I love this community in general.”