Raider defense takes center stage in scrimmage

Xayvion Thomas wasn’t happy about the way the scrimmage went earlier in the week for the defense.

But under the lights Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Thomas and his defensive teammates delivered with a better showing. They dominated during the two-hour scrimmage, including scoring a touchdown off a fumble and an interception.

“We always compete against each other,” Thomas said. “That’s what makes us a great football team.”

Mekhi Domino, one of the newcomers to the varsity team, was recognized by the coaches for his solid effort on defense. Domino was pleased with how things played out but hardly satisfied.

“I felt really good, but there is always room for improvement,” Domino said. “I hope to make plays on the varsity level this year.”

Navarre head coach Jay Walls had an opportunity to evaluate his team in a game-like setting as officials were present to make calls just as they would in a game that counts.

The veteran head coach of the Raiders – his eighth season begins next week – said the fact that the defense made up for last Wednesday’s struggles in a scrimmage was a good thing to see.

Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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