It wasn’t a perfect performance but Navarre’s football team had an opportunity to face an actual opponent Friday night and that was a big deal to the Raiders.
“We’ve been going against each other for the last few weeks. We needed to hit heads with someone else,” said Navarre quarterback Sage Chambers.
Chambers and his Raider teammates had a chance to do that against rival Gulf Breeze in the spring game Friday night at Dolphins Stadium. The varsity teams played to a 7-7 tie in the opening half while Navarre’s JV squad earned a 14-7 win in the second half of action.
Navarre head coach Jay Walls saw both good and bad from his team during the game, such as the touchdown run by Chandler Cooper in the first half and the moments where the defense swarmed to the football to slow down a Gulf Breeze drive.
“There were times tonight where we were playing fast and physical and we executed well,” Walls said. “But other times our execution wasn’t what it should be and things got ugly in a hurry. We have a lot of work to do and tonight proved it.”
Although the game didn’t count, it did nothing to cool down the intensity of the rivalry. One Navarre player who wasn’t dressed for the game even received a warning from an official for talking to a Gulf Breeze player who was knocked into the Raiders’ sideline on a play early in the first half.
The Raiders struck first when Cooper capped off a scoring drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. He carried the ball three times on the drive before finding the end zone with 6:45 left in the opening quarter. Chambers completed an 18-yard pass to Tyler Rebber on the drive as well.
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