So long bye week, hello Beach Bowl

This grind that is better known as the high school football season continues Friday night with, arguably, the biggest game of the regular season for Navarre and Gulf Breeze.

The Raiders and Dolphins square off in the 12th edition of the Beach Bowl and for the 20th time overall, the winner claiming the District 2-6A title, an automatic bid to the playoffs and bragging rights.

From here on out, every game is a little bigger, and once the postseason arrives it’s win or go home.

So, the bye week the Raiders enjoyed last Friday couldn’t have come at a better time.

Navarre has been on the field since August and has already played eight games – nine if you include the preseason game – and veteran Raiders head coach Jay Walls welcomed the weekend of rest.

“It’s a nice break for players and coaches,” Walls said. “You get the weekend to relax a bit and enjoy some extra down time.”

The eighth-ranked Raiders (7-1, 2-0) are feeling good about the way they have played up to this point as they head into a crucial showdown with the Dolphins (7-1, 2-0).

Read the full article in the Oct. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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