Raiders have potential to thrive on gridiron in 2020

Bennett C. Russell Stadium is quiet now on Friday nights and has been since the end of October.

Navarre’s football season ended without a playoff bid, not quite what the Raiders were hoping for when the season began.

Though they dealt with an up-and-down season at times, winning their first three games and then losing their next three, the Raiders went 3-1 down the stretch, lowering the curtain on 2019 with a 52-14 victory over Crestview on senior night.

Navarre ended up 6-4, the eighth consecutive winning season, but it’s the first time during that stretch that it didn’t get into the playoffs.

Still, Raider head coach Jay Walls is proud of how his team ended its season.

“We certainly did some good things,” Walls said in an interview earlier this month. “We won our last two games, and especially the way we played in that last game, it shows that we didn’t give up. We improved and played hard and competed. That’s all you can ask for from the guys.” The Raiders had every reason to throw in the towel after losing three consecutive games for the first time since 2009.

Read the full article in the Nov. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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