Navarre turns attention to showdown with Niceville

As the final minutes fell off the clock Friday night in Navarre’s 47-7 win over Gulf Breeze, the attention of the Raiders was already on week 10 of what has been a remarkable season.

On Friday night, Navarre squares off against rival Niceville at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. It’s a showdown of two state-ranked teams – Navarre is third and Niceville is seventh – and a potential matchup at some point down the road.

“It’s an early playoff look,” Navarre senior running back Hasaan Williams said. “We know they are going to be there and we know we will probably see them again.”

The Raiders (9-0) and Eagles (8-1) have been on a collision course all season.

Navarre has been rolling through its schedule, playing only one game decided by less than 10 points – the Raiders topped Choctaw 16-14 Sept. 18 – while Niceville has rattled off seven consecutive wins after a 28-24 loss to Escambia.

“It’s a big game to close out the regular season,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

It was Niceville that put the first blemish on Navarre’s record last year, winning 35-21 after the Raiders started the year 6-0. Navarre hasn’t beaten Niceville since 2012 when it earned a 35-28 win. The Raiders went to the state semifinals that season and have visions of being state champions this year.

Read the full story in the Nov. 5 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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