Raiders top Patriots in district opener

Another win is in the books for Navarre’s football team, the Raiders pouncing on Pace 42-27 Friday night in the District 2-6A opener for both teams; but the journey isn’t over.

Yes, the sixth-ranked Raiders are unbeaten through six games, but they have bigger goals in mind.

“We started 6-0 last year, too,” running back Hasaan Williams said. “We let up after that a bit, though. We aren’t going to let that happen again.”

It’s not an option. Not with Escambia (4-2) coming to town for Homecoming. It’s a rematch of last year’s playoff opener, a game the Raiders won 44-30.

“We are going up against a great Escambia team,” Williams said. “We want to make sure we do what we have to in order to win.”

The Raiders have a grasp on what it takes to win. They have thrived off their balance – five players scored in the win over Pace – and their defense plays with intensity, rarely allowing easy scoring opportunities for the opponent.

That much was evident again against the Patriots (2-4) on a windy and chilly October night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

Navarre sprinted to a 21-0 lead in the first half, stretched it to 35-7 by the end of the third quarter before putting the finishing touches on the win in the fourth despite three late touchdowns by Pace.

Read the full story in the Oct. 8 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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