A battle of state-ranked teams is on tap tonight. Navarre hits the road to take on Escambia at Emmitt Smith Field in Pensacola. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The fourth-ranked Raiders (6-0) are aiming for their 18th consecutive road win in the regular season. They have won 19 of their last 20 overall away from home. Navarre defeated Pace 49-30 last week in its District 2-6A opener.
The Gators (4-1) are ninth in the state and lost 26-14 to Pine Forest last week.
This is a revenge game for the Raiders, who saw their 27-point lead disappear last season in a 35-27 loss to the Gators at home in 2017. But players said last week that last year doesn’t matter, that this is a new team and a different year.
Navarre is as balanced as it gets offensively, racking up at least 100 yards passing and rushing each of the first six weeks. The Raiders churned out a season-best 507 yards of offense last week. It’s the fourth time this season they’ve had 400 or more yards of offense.
The Raiders remain dominant on defense as well. No opponent has scored more than 16 points in the second half against Navarre. The Raiders have recorded nine sacks and have forced 13 turnovers.
Jay Walls is 65-15 and is in his seventh season at Navarre. His team is 37-5 in its last 42 games.
Tyler England was on the JV team a year ago. The junior is currently the leading receiver on the team with 25 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
Chris Williams had only three rushing touchdowns last year. He has seven this season and has rushed for 558 yards, churning out 100 or more yards three times.
Dante Wright needs only four more catches to move into third all-time in career receptions. He has 93. He is one touchdown away from 50 for his career. He has nine touchdowns this season.
Josh Carter is the team leader in tackles with 40.5.
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