Just behind Bennett C. Russell Stadium, the place where Navarre’s dreams of a perfect season came crashing down in a gut-wrenching 23-22 loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs last November, the Raiders work hard on a sun-splashed practice field.
Navarre head coach Jay Walls is pleased with his team’s progress after two weeks of summer workouts and believes the Raiders are taking steps in the right direction in preparation for the season ahead.
“We’ve been working for two weeks now and have gotten better,” Walls said. “The first week was about knocking off the rust, shaking off the cobwebs and getting our routine down. Now, we’re on a roll.”
It’s a good sign for a Raiders team that struggled at times against Gulf Breeze in the spring game last month. They played the Dolphins to a 7-7 tie in the varsity half of action.
“We were inconsistent on offense,” Walls said. “We’re working a lot on execution and consistency.”
Senior running back Michael Carter, one of the top recruits in the country, believes the Raiders have succeeded in making strides in both areas.
“As a team, I feel we have gotten stronger,” Carter said. “We are working hard and have picked up where we left off in the spring.”
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