Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Marlon Courtney scrambled around in the pocket looking to turn nothing into something.

With defenders closing in, he made a decision. Let the ball fly 35 yards and have all the faith in the world that someone wearing a Navarre uniform would catch it.

Tyler England turned out to be that someone. In the end zone, the senior wide receiver coming off a breakout year in 2018 grabbed the ball for the Raiders’ first touchdown of the night here in a Kickoff Classic battle with West Florida Tech.

Trailing 7-0 with time winding down in the varsity half of this showdown, the score couldn’t have come at a better time. The Raiders tied the game with 41.8 seconds remaining until halftime and went on to get touchdown runs from TJ Peltier and Caden Howard in the second half to secure a 21-7 victory on a humid Friday night at Marlon L. Bullock Stadium in Pensacola.

“One of my guys was going to come down with it,” Courtney said. “I saw him (Tyler) wide open, so I had to take the chance.”

Courtney’s throw to the other side of the field to England shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is a senior quarterback who threw for more than 2,400 yards a season ago.

Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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