By Brian Lester
Michael Carter and Derrick Smith scored two touchdowns apiece and the defense turned in a smothering performance, catapulting the Navarre Raiders to a 35-0 win over rival Gulf Breeze Friday night in their spring game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.
The varsity teams for Navarre and Gulf Breeze played in the first half while the junior varsity teams battled in the second half, with the Dolphins winning that portion by a 13-7 score.
Navarre head coach Jay Walls was impressed with what he saw from his team as it closed out spring practice in style.
“For a spring game, especially the first half, I really liked the way we played,” Walls said. “I thought we played physical and blocked and tackled well. I was also excited about our running game. It was effective.”
The defense wasn’t bad either, hitting hard and swarming to the ball on nearly every play the Dolphins ran.
“I thought the defense was very physical and aggressive,” Walls said. “They did a great job.”
Smith scored on runs of 2 yards and 25 yards while Carter picked up where he left off a year ago by spinning off tackles and breaking loose for thrilling touchdown runs. His highlight was a 53-yard sprint to the end zone in the second quarter that pushed the score to 28-0.
“It was fun,” Smith said. “Our offensive line is young but they did a good job tonight. We had a good running game going. It was good to see.”
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