Navarre’s football team is looking to bounce back this week.
Coming off a 35-20 loss to Lincoln in Tallahassee last Thursday, the Raiders play on the road one more time, traveling to Pensacola tonight to take on Pine Forest in a 7 p.m. showdown at Lon Wise Stadium.
The Raiders (3-1) edged the Eagles 26-25 last season when Marlon Courtney connected with Tyler England connected on a touchdown pass in the pouring rain to tie the game. Dante Wright’s extra point finished off the scoring.
Pine Forest (1-2) defeated Tate for its only win of the season and is coming off a 21-13 loss to Columbia.
The Raiders only trailed Lincoln 21-14 at halftime but struggled to find consistency on the offensive end of the field in the second half.
“The guys played hard and were competitive, but we have to play four quarters,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “We were too inconsistent.”
Walls said there has been more energy in practice this week. The players are focused and ready to respond in the wake of their first loss of the season.
“So far so good with practice,” Walls said earlier this week. “The guys are working hard.”
Ladarius Clardy leads Pine Forest, throwing for 547 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 121 yards.
Walls expects his team to be challenged tonight.
“Pine Forest is a good football team,” Walls said. “They play hard and they play fast. “We have to be able to take care of the ball and execute.”
Marlon Courtney is the third quarterback in program history to throw for 3,000 yards in a career. He ranks third in career yards (3,186) and fourth in touchdown passes (26).
Tyler England is fifth all-time in receiving yards (1,046). He has caught seven touchdown passes this season.
Xayvion Thomas caught his first touchdown pass last week. A total of eight Raiders have scored at least one touchdown this season.
Grady Kelly ranks first in the state and tied for second in the nation in sacks (11). He recorded seven last week, setting a school record in the process.
Navarre has won 21 of its last 24 road games and is 45-8 overall since 2015.
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