Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Navarre’s football team will close out its regular season against Niceville in a 7:30 p.m. showdown.

Ranked 10th in the state and 7-1 on the season, the Raiders will be looking to take down the Eagles for the third consecutive year and take a ton of momentum into the playoffs.

Last Friday night Navarre knocked off rival Gulf Breeze 29-23 to claim the Beach Bowl Trophy, the District 2-6A championship and automatic berth to the playoffs.

The Raiders enjoyed the victory over the weekend but now turn their attention to an Eagles team that is 6-2 on the season and could very well be Navarre’s opponent for the first round of the playoffs next Friday night.

Navarre has won 28 of its last 30 games in the regular season and is 26-2 in the regular season over the last three seasons.

Star Power

Sage Chambers has thrown for 1,079 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s thrown for 100 or more yards in six of his last seven games.

Dante Wright has rushed for 435 yards and eight touchdowns while racking up 595 receiving yards to go along with nine touchdown catches. He’s also scored off an interception return and a punt return this season. On top of that, he’s tallied 39.5 tackles and has picked off four passes.

Josh Carter leads the Raiders with 80.5 tackles and has also recorded 4.5 sacks. He’s scored twice off blocked punts and has returned an interception for a score. Carter has also rushed for a touchdown.

Cade Taylor has come through with 75 tackles and has picked off two passes. He has 5.5 sacks.

Noteworthy

Navarre head coach Jay Walls is 57-14 at Navarre. Walls has guided the Raiders to four district championships.

The Raiders have rolled up more than 2,800 yards of offense and have scored 40 or more three times.

Navarre has allowed just 72 points in the second half of the last seven games.

The Raiders have four players with 40 or more tackles, with James Segrest and Jordan Jefferson right at 40 for the season. The two have combined for 10.5 sacks.

Navarre has racked up 44 sacks as a team this season.

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