Navarre prepares for district battle with Tate

Navarre is on the road Friday looking to end a three-game losing streak.

The Raiders head to Cantonment to take on Tate in a 7 p.m. District 1-7A game at Pete Gindl Stadium. It’s the first meeting between the two teams since the second round of the playoffs in 2016. Navarre won that game 60-28.

The Raiders (3-3, 0-2) are in the midst of a streak the program hasn’t endured since 2009. The Aggies (1-4, 0-3) have lost four consecutive games.

Coming off a 20-7 loss to Niceville last week, Navarre aims to get its offense going again. The Raiders have been held to single digits in the last two outings, marking only the fourth and fifth time that’s happened in a decade.

Navarre head coach Jay Walls talked last week about how the season is far from over for the Raiders, who have made the playoffs seven consecutive years.

“We still have a lot to play for,” Walls said. “If we work to get better and we are competing, eventually good thing will happen for us.”

Tate comes in off a 47-7 loss to Crestview. Ethan George has thrown for 447 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 175 yards and one score.

Kesean Williams has caught 25 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown. Delarian Pogue leads the defense with 30 tackles.

Nothing comes easy during a season, especially on the road, but the Raiders believe they can bounce back.

“We have to pull together as a team. We can’t point fingers at anybody,” senior quarterback Marlon Courtney said after last week’s game. “The Raiders didn’t win. It’s not one guy who made us lose. It’s us.”

Noteworthy

Navarre has won 21 of its last 25 away from home and looks to end a two-game road losing streak Friday.

Marlon Courtney has 1,024 passing yards, marking back-to-back season with more than 1,000 yards. He’s thrown 27 touchdown passes and needs one more to move into a tie for third all-time.

Tyler England jumped to fourth all-time in career receptions (71) and needs one more touchdown catch to move into a tie for fifth all-time. He currently has eight.

Grady Kelly ranks first in Florida and second in the country in sacks (14). He already holds the school record for sacks in a season. Kelly also leads the team in quarterback hurries (23).

The Raiders have generated 1,761 yards offense while allowing 1,448 yards this season.

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