Raiders ready to move ahead after tough loss

After suffering their first loss of the year, the Navarre Raiders now turn their attention to a District 2-6A showdown with Milton Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

The Raiders fell 37-27 to Escambia Friday night in a battle of state-ranked teams and are eager to bounce back as they continue their quest for a sixth district championship.

Navarre head coach Jay Walls certainly wants his team to use the loss to the Gators as motivation. But not for too long.

“I want us to be motivated by this one, but we have to put it behind us really quick,” Walls said. “We have the biggest game of the year coming at us.”

The next game on the schedule is always the biggest game for the Raiders (6-1), who are the reigning district champs. The Panthers (2-4) have dropped their last two games.

Navarre and Gulf Breeze are the only two unbeaten teams in district play, both sporting 1-0 records. Milton and Pace are both 0-1.

“The district race is wide open,” Walls said. “Milton is a county rival. It’s a big game.”

Read the full article in the Oct. 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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