Raiders thrive off balance in season opener

Aaron Mitchell admits he was nervous being under the bright lights of Friday night for the first time in his high school football career.

Then again, nervous might be an understatement on a night when kickoff was delayed for nearly 90 minutes because of pouring rain and lightning.

“I felt like my stomach had a knife through it,” Mitchell said.

By the end of the night, Mitchell was feeling fine. The junior enjoyed a successful first start at the varsity level, scoring a touchdown and playing a pivotal role on a physical and unforgiving defense that left Dothan battered and bruised in a 43-22 season-opening win at Rip Hewes Stadium in Alabama.

Mitchell scored the first points, bolting for the end zone on a 37-yard run in the opening quarter that gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead. The score caught him by surprise.

“Being my first varsity game, I felt stunned when I had the open field and green grass in front of me,” Mitchell said. “That touchdown was crazy.”

Mitchell’s effort highlights exactly what the Raiders had in mind coming into the season. Navarre’s goal is to be balanced and capitalize on the array of offensive options it has at its disposal.

Read the full story in the Aug. 27 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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