Raiders kick off 2016 season Friday night against Crusaders

The 2016 football season begins Friday night.

Those words are music to the ears of senior defensive back Lee Jones.

“I can’t wait to play,” Jones said. “It’s been since November, almost a year since we’ve played. We’re ready to get out there. I want to see Bo (Herring) hit somebody or see Mike (Carter) run someone over.”

Navarre last played a game that mattered in the opening round of the playoffs. Tate was the opponent and the game didn’t ended on a sour note, the Raiders’ perfect season absorbing a fatal blow in a 23-22 double overtime loss to the Aggies at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

That loss is a distant memory now, although don’t think for a moment that the Raiders have forgotten the pain of it. It has served as motivation heading into the season, a season they hope ends with a state championship trophy in their hands.

But the Raiders also understand they can’t look ahead. A 7:30 p.m. road game against Pensacola Catholic is the first of 10 hurdles the reigning District 2-6A champions must clear during a challenging regular season.

“We can’t overlook anyone. We have a target on our back every week,” Jones said. “We have to take it one week at a time but (last year) is always in the back of our minds. We want to be better than we were last year.”

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