NYSA players showcase skills on Raider Night

The gridiron was packed with non-stop action Friday as Navarre Youth Sports Association football teams clashed on the field at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

Five NYSA teams from 6-and-under up through the 14-and-under age divisions used Raider Night as preparation for the 2019 season.

“It was a great night,” NYSA football commissioner Paul Villanova said. “It gives all the kids a chance to play under the lights.”

Storms threatened to spoil the night but only resulted in a cloudy sky for the games.

The younger teams took the field first. The night culminated with the high school team getting work in.

For the younger teams, the field was divided, and two scrimmages happened simultaneously – each offense pointed toward either the north or south endzones.

Most teams featured a run-dominated offensive scheme, with few passing plays appearing in the 14U playbook used on Friday.

“It felt good,” said 11-year-old Brice Love, a running back and linebacker on the 12U team. “I feel comfortable on the bigger field, but I could’ve run the ball better.”

Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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