Raiders steamroll Vikings

Behind an offensive line that continues to improve in  its ability to pave the way for a powerful attack and relentless defense that seems to rough up opponents like its a bully stealing lunch money, Navarre steamrolled Fort Walton Beach Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, crushing the Vikings 48-6 for its fourth win of the season.

In running their regular-season win streak to 16 games — the impressive stretch dates back to 2014 — the seventh-ranked Raiders (4-0) turned in, arguably, their best performance of the season, scoring a season-high in points and holding an opponent to single digits for the first time all year.

“We got the momentum early,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said as the band played the fight song in the background. “I thought our team played really well. We only gave up one touchdown. Other than that, we played great defense. Offensively, we scored 48 points. We did an outstanding job there.”

The offensive line was pretty outstanding, too, opening up holes for North Carolina commit Michael Carter, who torched the Vikings (2-3) for four touchdowns, including three off runs of 25 yards or more. Dante Wright rushed for a pair of scores as well while Chris Williams punched in the final score of the night on a 30-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“If we can stay healthy, we can continue to improve.” Walls said of the line. “Our guys have been working hard. I’m proud of their effort tonight.”

Senior offensive lineman LaMarcus Smith is proud of the line as well considering it is without star Nick Brahms, an Auburn commit.

“It felt good to put 48 points up and see us rush for a lot of yards,” Smith said. “We’ve gotten better each week. The chemistry has gotten better and our technique in general. Week to week we’ve gotten stronger.”

Navarre’s defense seems to be getting stronger as well. The Raiders forced five turnovers, including four in the first half. Josh Carter helped lead the way, forcing two fumbles. Tyson Brown picked off a pass.

Navarre now moves on to District 2-6A play, hitting the road to take on Pace next Friday night. The Raiders are the reigning district champs,

“We got a target on our back,” Walls said. “I think Pace is a really good team. You can throw all of the records away now because we are in district play.”

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