Raiders refuse to back down despite tough loss

Any last glimmer of hope for a win for the Navarre Raiders vanished late Friday night when Chiles returned an interception for a touchdown.

The Timberwolves led Navarre 49-31 at that point. Less than two minutes remained. Frustration set in. That feeling of dealing with defeat cut deep one more time.

Raider head coach Jay Walls knew going into the season that District 1-7A was going to be a challenge to battle through, and Navarre’s 1-3 record (4-4 overall) in the district points to just how tough it really is.

“District 1-7A is competitive. It’s really good. We’ve got to get better,” Walls said. “We have two games left (in the regular season). We have to take care of business.”

Standout defensive lineman Grady Kelly took this loss as hard as anyone. He’s one of those players who leaves it all on the field, the state-best 15 sacks evidence of that.

He understands football there are tough moments in football. Right now, the Raiders are enduring its toughest stretch since 2011 when the team finished 5-5.

Still, Kelly refuses to let the adversity get the best of him.

Read the full article in the Oct. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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