Navarre runs over Washington

A running clock came on the heels of Navarre running all over Washington Friday night.

Chris Williams and Josh Carter rushed for two touchdowns apiece. Jaydin Antonio ran for a touchdown as well.

Evan Gourley returned an interception for a score and Jebari Mitchell returned a kick to the end zone in a 53-12 victory at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

It was the home opener for the ninth-ranked Raiders (2-0), who were coming off a 35-7 win over Pensacola Catholic a week earlier.

“We came out with a fire this week,” Williams said. “Honestly, 35-7 wasn’t enough to me. I wanted to break the scoreboard.”

The scoreboard stayed on and so did the Raiders, who were relentless on both sides of the ball, opening the game with a turnover on the kickoff that led to a 4-yard touchdown run by Josh Carter and a 6-0 lead.

The Raiders were up 26-0 after one quarter and 40-0 at halftime. Gourley’s pick six with two minutes to go in the half capped the first-half scoring.

The only passing touchdown of the night was Marlon Courtney’s 22-yard scoring strike to Quinn Caballero.

“We got the momentum with the opening kick, got the turnover and scored on the first series,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “I’m proud of the effort by our kids. We had a great week of preparation. I liked the effort from our guys from the start of the game until the end of it.”

The Wildcats (0-2) never got anything going to answer the Raiders. With Navarre up 40, a running clock was employed in the second half.

Up next for Navarre is a showdown at home with 10th-ranked Crestview in a game expected to have a playoff-like feel to it. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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