Sage Chambers remembers the difficult night in November, the night where so much didn’t go right for the Navarre Raiders at Bennett C. Russell Stadium in an agonizing 23-22 double overtime loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs.
Chambers, under pressure often, completed just seven of his 11 pass attempts, the last a short touchdown strike to Michael Sandle in the second OT that cut the Aggies’ lead to one. A missed extra point ended the game.
Dwelling on the past doesn’t do a lot of good and rest assured Chambers is looking forward. But that game isn’t one easily forgotten, especially after an unbeaten 10-0 regular season.
“A loss is still a loss but after the season we had, it was a pretty bad way to end it,” Chambers said. “It’s fueled my fire. I don’t want anyone else to have to feel like we did that night.”
Chambers has spent his offseason working to improve his game as a signal caller and if there is a sign of the improvements the sophomore has made, it’s the fact that he was named an MVP at the NUC Sports camp and combine earlier this month in Atlanta.
“We did some drills and a lot with throwing out of the pocket and keeping a good base when you throw,” Chambers said. “It was pretty awesome.”
Chambers found out about the combine a week before it took place. The experience was a valuable one for sure but it won’t be his only chance to make strides. He recently received an invite to the Quarterback Field Surgeon Camp in Hersey, Pa. in June. Chambers is one of 50 quarterbacks in his age bracket selected for the camp.
“I’m excited about it,” Chambers said. “I’ll get a chance to work on fundamentals and there will be a lot of chalk talk involved. It will give me a chance to really improve myself as a quarterback.”
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