Although Gulf Breeze and Navarre are no longer in the same district, a strong rivalry still exists between the soccer programs. The Dolphins dominated the early meetings between the two teams. However, in the last four or five years, each team has won once and there have been several ties.
A measure of how times have changed is when the Raiders won the game on Nov. 10, and the players and fans treated it as just another victory.
The Raiders controlled play from the beginning of the game. Nikia Hawkins had the ball deep in the right corner of the pitch several times, but the Raiders were unable to convert his crossing passes. In the fifth minute, Hawkins’ hard shot from 20 yards out was barely saved by the Dolphin keeper.
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