Navarre rallies to stun Pace in flag football

Lexi Kimes reached her hands out as the ball sailed above her.

The seconds of the final minute on the clock ticked away in a flag football showdown between Navarre and Pace Thursday night.

With the pressure mounting, Kimes knew she needed to deliver in a big moment.

She refused to think back to earlier in the game when the ball slipped out of her grasp a few times. To let those thoughts act as an added layer of defensive pressure would have been silly.

“I was like I can’t let it affect me. I finally got my head right, caught the ball and scored the touchdown,” Kimes said.

Her touchdown reception off a perfect strike from Whitley Smith  proved to be the difference maker in the Raiders’ 18-14 victory.

Not only did the Raiders come from behind for the win, they handed the Patriots their first loss.

Kimes helped make it all possible. She went on to pick off a pass that ended any hope of a Pace rally in the final 30 seconds of play.

Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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