Raiders make strides in football scrimmage

It wasn’t a perfect night. Mistakes were made. A couple of touchdowns were called back and big plays were given up by the defense.

In the end, progress was made, and really, that is what matters most to the Navarre Raiders, who spent a little more than two hours running plays in their Maroon and White scrimmage Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

“Compared to last week, we’ve improved offensively, defensively and in the kicking game,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “We needed to have a good scrimmage tonight and we did. The kids are working hard and getting better, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Navarre went into its scrimmage looking to get a better feel for the kind of team it will have when the games count this fall. The Raiders gave all four quarterbacks time to run the offense and utilized a variety of players out of the backfield, including freshman transfer Darnell Deas, who scored twice in the scrimmage, once off a run and the other off a pass from Phil Frazetta.

Returning starter Sage Chambers also threw a touchdown pass, threading the ball through a pair of defenders to hit Dante Wright, who used his speed to outrun the defense to the end zone. Saturn Wagner caught a touchdown pass as well and Omari Green rushed for a score.

“We feel like we can be balanced offensively,” Walls said. “We have a lot of players who have the ability to step up for us.”

Read more in the May 25 edition of the Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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