Carter Brasell stands on the stage in the high school cafeteria and the music begins to play. He’s singing “Every Time We Touch,” a hit song by Cascada more than a decade ago.
As the tempo of the music picks up, so does Brasell’s voice. He gets his teammates pumped up, raising his arms in the air and eventually doing a back flip that draws a huge roar from the Raiders.
Welcome to rookie entertainment, the lighter side of the opening week of the Navarre football team’s preseason camp. It’s an escape from the grind of hitting, running, throwing and catching passes on the practice field in preparation for the 2019 season.
Some players did magic tricks. One player juggled. Another told jokes. And while no one is going to Hollywood if he nails an act, the coaches do sit in as judges and give either a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Any player unprepared for his act is forced to do up-downs.
Navarre head coach Jay Walls said rookie entertainment is a great way to get to know the new players a little better.
“You always find out things about kids that you didn’t know,” Walls said.