Raiders get back to work on the football field

Navarre’s football team returned to the practice field Tuesday in preparation for Friday night’s game against Choctaw.

The seventh-ranked Raiders had last Friday’s game against Crestview wiped out due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The Santa Rosa County School District cancelled school Friday and Monday and all but a handful of athletic events were crossed off the schedule throughout the state.

Tuesday’s practice was the first for Navarre since Thursday morning and head coach Jay Walls said his team was eager to get back to work. He doesn’t believe the layoff will affect his team.

“We treated it like a bye week,” Walls said in a phone interview Monday night. “Our kids always respond and we’re ready to get back to work.”

Navarre last played Sept. 1 on the road against Washington and won 27-12. The Raiders are 2-0 and have won 23 of their last 24 games in the regular season. They take on the Indians Friday night in a 7:30 p.m. game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

“We’re excited to be back home and we’re ready to play again,” Walls said.

Choctaw will enter the game 0-2 after a 27-13 loss to Milton two weeks ago. But Walls doesn’t expect an easy game.

“Choctaw always plays us tough,” Walls said. “They are better than what their record shows and we have to be ready to play our best.”

As for making up the game against Crestview, no decision has been made. Both teams do have the same bye week (Oct. 20) and the option is there for the two schools to play.

While it remains to be seen if the game will be played next month, what is for certain is the unexpected layoff helped the team heal up its bumps and bruises.

“I think it does help to have the rest. It will help some of the guys get healthy,” Walls said.

Notable Numbers

554: Rushing yards the Raiders have racked up in their first two games

5: Touchdown total for Omari Green through the first two weeks. The senior has rolled up 235 rushing yards as well.

3: Turnovers forced by Navarre in its win over Washington

13: Consecutive road games the Raiders have won

23: Number of times Navarre has won in its last 24 outings in the regular season

Star Power

Sage Chambers: He is 16-of-32 for 199 yards

Omari Green: Has carried the ball 46 times for 235 yards and five scores, rushing for over 100 yards in each of his first two games

Dante Wright: Has rushed for 181 yards on seven carries and has scored four touchdowns. He also has six catches for 72 yards. The junior has also picked off a pass and has blocked an extra point

Cade Taylor: He has come through with 15 tackles and has picked off a pass

Josh Carter: Has racked up 11 tackles and a sack

James Segrest: He has come up with 9.5 tackles and a sack. Has also recovered a fumble

Gabriel Davis: Has come up with 9.5 tackles

Jordan Jefferson: Has racked up eight tackles to go along with a sack

Mitchell Hunt and Cameron Thomas: The two have racked up eight tackles apiece

Nolan Garrett: He has tallied seven tackles and has also picked off a pass

 

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