Hurricane Sally shakes up Raider sports schedule

Hurricane Sally has turned the area sports schedule upside down.

All but one event remains on the slate in the wake of the Category 2 storm that ripped through Northwest Florida early Wednesday morning.

That remaining event is a volleyball match between Navarre and Pensacola Catholic, which is set for Noon Saturday in Navarre.

It will be the first match of the year for the Raiders, but it will no longer include senior night, which was supposed to happen during the opener because of the uncertainty of the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raider head coach Ryan Davenport is ready to see his team play in a year that has been anything but normal.

“It’s getting comical with the delays we’ve dealt with for this season,” Davenport said. “We just want to get a match in. Our players are ready to play.”

Though school is closed the remainder of the week, teams are allowed to practice. But those practices are voluntary.

Navarre’s football team was supposed to play Milton Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. That game was supposed to be the team’s opener. But because of the storm threat and the impact it had on practice earlier in the week, the game was changed to a scrimmage.

It’s now off the schedule and is not expected to be made up. However, Navarre and Milton could play Nov. 13 if neither team is involved in a play-in game for the postseason.

“It seems like every time we get close to playing, something happens,” Navarre head football coach Jay Walls said. “The guys can’t wait to play. It’s going to be an exciting moment.”

Navarre’s cross-country team will have to wait a little longer to compete as well. Saturday’s Wildcat Invitational in Pensacola is off the calendar for now. A make-up date has not been announced yet.

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