Navarre gears up for homecoming battle with Chiles

Navarre is looking to build on its momentum Friday night when it faces Chiles in its homecoming game. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

Fresh off their second shutout of the season– a 10-0 win over Tate — the Raiders are eager to take care of business and remain in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Navarre (4-3, 1-2 District 1-7A) is seventh in the first regional playoff poll. Chiles (3-3, 1-2) comes in having lost its last two games and is 10th in the poll.

The Timberwolves are led by Garrett Greene, a West Virginia commit. He used to play running back before switching to quarterback.

As for the Raiders, the got their running game going in last week’s win over Tate, ending a four-game streak of finishing with less than 100 rushing yards.

Six different players touched the ball out of the backfield. Jaydin Antonio led the way with 82 yards.

Marlon Courtney (62) and Jaden Rivera (33) were also productive in the run game. Courtney rushed for the lone touchdown and connected on 14 of his 24 passes for 186 yards.

“We did run some different guys,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “Everybody ran hard.”

Defensively, the Raiders stepped up twice in the red zone, with one drive ending on an interception by Kobe Johnson at the goal line.

“We felt as a defense we rallied when we faced adversity,” Johnson said.

Homecoming always generates added excitement and hype but the team isn’t focused on that part of it as every game means a little more at this point.

“Our job is to win the game,” Walls said. “The game is bigger than anything else and that’s the way we have to approach it.”

Noteworthy

Marlon Courtney has thrown for 3,638 yards as well as 27 touchdowns in his career. He ranks third all-time in yards and needs one more TD pass to move into a tie for third in program history.

Tyler England ranks fifth in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,245). He has caught 38 passes for 571 yards this season.

Opponents are 30-for-83 on third down against the Raiders. Navarre held Tate to a season-low 29 rushing yards.

Grady Kelly has 15 sacks on the year. He leads the state and is tied for third in the country. He also has 25 quarterback hurries. Paul Schultz and Sebastian Melendez have 14 and 11 quarterback hurries, respectively.

Jay Walls is poised to win the 75th game of his career at Navarre. Walls is 74-20 and in his eighth season.

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