“I thought we played great defense,” Navarre High School football coach Chad Lashley said after the Raiders dismantled District 1-4A rival Escambia 51-7 at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. “We were gap-sound and had great hustle to the ball.”
Great hustle to the ball that resulted in five Tiger fumbles, a blocked punt, an interception, seven sacks and three tackles for loss. Escambia’s only score came on an 85-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, after Navarre had built a 44-0 lead.
The Raiders (5-2, 2-1) and Tigers (4-3, 1-2) entered the game with identical records — 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the district. But a 30-point second quarter — including three touchdowns in the final 78 seconds of the half — boosted Navarre to a comfortable 37-0 halftime lead and helped the Gators to their third-straight loss.
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