Another Beach Bowl is on the horizon.
Navarre and Gulf Breeze square tonight at Dolphin Stadium, ready to write the latest chapter of this long-standing rivalry.
The Raiders and Dolphins are meeting for the 22nd time overall, including the 13th in which the Beach Bowl trophy will be on the line.
Navarre owns the lead in the all-time series with a record of 13-8. The last three wins belong to the Raiders.
Both teams opened their seasons last week. Navarre powered past Pace 17-7. Gulf Breeze was toppled 42-14 by Milton.
Though Navarre has won 11 of the last 12 overall against Gulf Breeze, anything is possible in a rivalry game.
“No doubt,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “It’s a huge game every year and there is great effort from both teams. The physicality of the game is as good as it gets. I expect Gulf Breeze to forget last week and we have to do the same. You always have to move on, whether it’s a win or a loss.”
The Raiders are a little banged up this week, with starting offensive lineman Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon expected to remain out after being injured in last week’s game.
But Walls has been happy with how practice has gone and expects the Raiders to show improvement from week one.
“We left some points on the field but that was the result of some of our inconsistent play. We just have to work on being more consistent this week, and I feel we will be.”
The Raiders beat the Dolphins 28-21 a year ago. Three of the last five meetings between the two rivals have been decided by seven points or less.
Jaden Rivera has 659 yards in his varsity career. He ran for 145 yards a week ago against Pace.
Navarre has forced three turnovers on the season while coughing up the ball only once.
Three Raiders tallied six or more tackles in last week’s win, including 10 by Devin Wright. Wright has racked up five or more tackles eight times in the last 10 games dating back to last year.
Navarre is playing on the road for the second consecutive week. It is 24-4 in its last 28 road games.
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