It’s playoff time! Raiders open against Patriots

Navarre’s quest for the first state football championship in program history begins Friday night with a first-round home game against Pace.

The Raiders kickoff the Region 1-6A playoffs against the Patriots at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

If Navarre advances, it would play either Escambia or St. Augustine next Friday.

“We have an opportunity but we can’t look ahead,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said on Friday. “It’s one week at a time as you all well know,” Walls said.

Making their seventh consecutive postseason appearance, the Raiders go into it with a 9-1 record and as the No. 1 seed.

They have won their last three games, all by 25 or more points, and have scored at least 38 in each game during the streak.

Navarre closed out the regular season Friday with a 38-13 win over Niceville on the road, earning the right to host the first three rounds.

Pace is 7-3 and has won its last three games, including a 37-30 win over Pensacola Catholic Friday.

The Raiders and Patriots are meeting for the second time this year. Navarre rolled to a 49-30 win over Pace last month.

The Raiders are ready for the journey ahead and hope it ends in Orlando Dec. 8 in the 3 p.m. state championship game at Camping World Stadium.

“It’s all about preparation and taking it one game at a time,” running back Chris Williams said Friday. “We have to approach it with a different intensity and play as hard as we can to go far.”

For a look at the complete bracket click here.

Read more about the Raiders in the Nov. 8 issue of the Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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