Antonio ready to be a leader out of the backfield

Jaydin Antonio is the next man up at running back.

A backup a year ago, Antonio gained valuable experience at Navarre as a junior but isn’t done making strides yet as he gears up for his senior season with the Raiders.

“I took a lot from that experience,” Antonio said in the spring. “I’m going to grow from last year and better myself and better my team.”

He carried the ball 61 times last season, churning out 282 yards and scoring five touchdowns. He flashed his versatility as well, catching a 77-yard touchdown pass in a 53-7 win over Choctaw.

“I’m grateful for those chances I got last year. I was able to show out a little bit,” Antonio said. “It was definitely a big learning experience for me.”

He is one of several running backs expected to get carries out of the backfield. He is set to be joined by Gabe Davis, Jaden Rivera and Bailey Huston.

Antonio is excited to be a part of this running back group.

“We definitely have some talent,” Antonio said. “We’ve got a bunch of running backs coming in that are going to do well. We want to hit opponents in the mouth with our running game.”

Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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