Raiders rally for first win in program history

Years from now, when people look back on Navarre’s first girls flag football game in program history, the final score of 13-6 might not be remembered and there’s a good chance every play made by the Raiders won’t be either.

The win itself, however, especially with it coming at the expense of rival Gulf Breeze, in overtime no less, will never be forgotten.

“It’s awesome. These kids can claim for the rest of their lives that they won the first game at Navarre,” head coach Sean Tomey said.

The win did not come easy.

On a mild Thursday evening at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, the Raiders found themselves tied in overtime after clawing their way back from a 6-0 deficit.

Gulf Breeze had possession of the ball first in the OT. Lexi Kimes made sure the possession didn’t last long, picking off a pass. It set the Raiders up with an opportunity to score and close the deal.

Just outside the goal line, a couple of plays into Navarre’s drive, Keona Ennis dropped back and found a wide-open Hailey Smith, who made the catch and scored the touchdown that propelled Navarre to a thrilling, hard-fought victory.

Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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