A spring football scrimmage had just wrapped up at Bennett C. Russell Stadium in early May and linebacker Caleb Dale was asked what he and his teammates on the defensive side of the ball needed to work on most.
His answer was straight to the point.
“A little bit of everything,” Dale said. “We all need to work on toning up our skills to be ready for the season.”
Dale will be a senior this fall and will be counted on to be at his best as one of only a handful of returnees on that side of the ball from a Raiders team that went 12-2 and made it to the 6A state semifinals a year ago.
He is determined to improve every aspect of his game but points to one area in particular where he’d like to get better.
“Everyone has their own weakness. Mine is speed,” Dale said. “I need to get faster.”
Dale made 59 tackles last season and also picked off a pass. Improving on that speed will only make him more effective as a defensive player.
If there is one thing he’s improved on from a year ago, it’s in the mental aspect of the game.
“Mentally, I’m tougher and smarter and I’ve learned a lot about the game,” Dale said. “It really comes together for you when you understand the game.”
Countdown to Football
Navarre vs. Pensacola Catholic
Days until kickoff in the regular season: 64
Looking Back: Navarre saw a 23-0 lead get trimmed down to 29-20 in its home opener against Washington but pulled away for a 36-20 win on a touchdown by Michael Carter early in the fourth quarter. The Raiders rolled up 398 of total offense and won its 14th consecutive regular-season game.
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