Rivera ready to build off success of last season

There was a moment in practice last summer where Jaden Rivera talked with former Navarre Raider running back Dwayne Carter about how he had watched some of his high school highlights.

He jokingly brought up the fact that Carter made it look easy, but he also has learned a great deal from not just Dwayne, but the entire Carter family. Michael and Josh have had a positive impact on Rivera’s life as well.

“Being around Dwayne, Mike and Josh changed my game completely,” Rivera said. “Before transferring to Navarre (from Choctaw), I was a downhill running back. But they taught me how to make cuts and notice the little things about my opponent.”

Of course, Tony Carter, the running backs coach for the Raiders, has been a positive influence as well.

“Coach Carter has not only made me a good running back, but he’s also made me a young man. Being around coach and his sons are like being around family,” Rivera said.

Rivera certainly took to heart all that he has learned at the position, especially last season when he burst onto the scene late in the year and made a name for himself.

Read the full article in the July 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year

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