Chris Williams

Another week, another win for Navarre

Another week, another win for Navarre

Chris Williams didn’t win his weight class at Wednesday’s Navarre Invitational. He finished second in the 199-pound division with a combined lift of 630 pounds. Still, he’s happy with where he is as the season winds down, and yet he knows there is still so much more work to do. “It’s going pretty good, but […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Raiders enjoy chance to play in all-star game

Raiders enjoy chance to play in all-star game

Late in the third quarter of the Subway All-Star Football Game Friday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium, the East was knocking on the door of the end zone. Navarre’s Chris Williams had just picked up a couple of more yards inside the 10-yard line of the West, putting the East in a position to strike. […]

Raider yuletide revelers

Raider yuletide revelers

Navarre head coach Jay Walls and members of his football team spent Thursday, Dec. 6 going around town singing Christmas Carols as a way to thank the sponsors of the team for their support during the season. Walls was joined by Chris Williams, Quinn Caballero, Jacobi Smith, Josh Carter, Matt Downey, Dante Wright and Evan […]

Seniors played key role in Raiders’ success

Seniors played key role in Raiders’ success

Friday marked the end of the road for the seniors on Navarre’s football team. The Raiders lost 49-27 to Crestview in the Region 1-6A regional championship game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Nearly 30 seniors played their final game that night. Navarre head coach Jay Walls talked a little about what that group has meant […]

Season comes to painful close for Navarre

Season comes to painful close for Navarre

Losing a playoff game hurts. Tears and long embraces among the Navarre Raiders followed a 49-27 loss to Crestview in the Region 1-6A championship game on a chilly and wet Friday evening at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Despite the loss, the Raiders (11-2) are holding their heads high. “It’s tough to lose a playoff game your […]

Navarre battles Crestview for regional championship

Navarre battles Crestview for regional championship

A trip to the state final four is on the line tonight when Navarre takes on Crestview in the Region 1-6A Regional championship game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. The Raiders (11-1) and Bulldogs (9-2) are meeting for the second time this year. Navarre won the regular-season showdown in September […]

Wright steps up as Raiders roll in playoff opener

Wright steps up as Raiders roll in playoff opener

Dante Wright is one of the best receivers in the area. He’s not bad at catching passes from the opposing quarterback either. The versatile senior athlete came up with three interceptions Friday night, returning one for a touchdown, helping Navarre make a statement in its Region 1-6A playoff opener against Pace behind an impressive defensive […]

Navarre rolls into postseason play

Navarre rolls into postseason play

Navarre’s quest for a 6A state championship begins tonight. The Raiders open the postseason against Pace at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The winner plays Escambia or St. Augustine next Friday night. Navarre is making its seventh consecutive trip to the playoffs and enters it at 9-1 and as the No. 1 […]

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Defeating Niceville on the road is special. The Navarre Raiders did it in convincing fashion Friday night, hammering the Eagles 38-13 on a cold November evening at Eagle Stadium. Navarre ends the regular season at 9-1 and is poised to earn  the right to host the first three rounds of the Region 1-6A playoffs as […]

Celebration time! Raiders win the Beach Bowl

Celebration time! Raiders win the Beach Bowl

Teammates tried to distract Chris Williams during a post game interview. Williams smiled and even a laughed a little. But he  never lost his focus. The same can be said about the Navarre Raiders in their 40-12 dismantling of Gulf Breeze  in the Beach Bowl Friday night. The Raiders dominated all three phases of the […]

Wright makes history in Raiders’ dominant district win

Wright makes history in Raiders’ dominant district win

Dante Wright made school history Friday night. The senior wide receiver became the first at Navarre to get to 2,000 receiving yards. Along the way he helped the Raiders dominate Milton 49-12 in a District 2-6A game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. A class act and leader on and off the field, the Tulane commit […]

Raiders roll in district opener

Raiders roll in district opener

Another perfect September. Another road win. And, of course, a strong start to the quest for a District 2-6A championship. A back-and-forth battle in the first half, Navarre dominated Pace in the final two quarters to earn a 49-30 win on a humid Friday night. The fifth-ranked Raiders (6-0) took their first step towards their […]

Wild Finish! Raiders grind out win over Eagles

Wild Finish! Raiders grind out win over Eagles

With rain falling and hope fading in the final minute of a wild back-and-forth battle between Navarre and Pine Forest, Marlon Courtney let the ball fly and hoped for the best. “It was fourth down. I had guys in front of my face. No way was I running to the end zone. I just had […]

Raiders gear up for battle with Eagles

Raiders gear up for battle with Eagles

Navarre returns home tonight to take on Pine Forest in a battle of unbeaten teams. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The fifth-ranked Raiders (4-0) enter the game ranked fifth in the state in 6A. They rolled past Choctaw 53-7 a week ago and have scored 50 or more twice this season. […]

Life on the road is good for the Raiders

Life on the road is good for the Raiders

There’s no place like away from home. Behind another solid performance on the road, Navarre dominated Choctaw 53-7 Friday night at Joe Etheredge Stadium. Six players scored, with Jaydin Antonio striking twice for the fifth-ranked Raiders (4-0). For the second time this year, Navarre pitched a shutout in the second half, swarming to the ball […]

Williams banking on leadership, experience to fuel success

Williams banking on leadership, experience to fuel success

Chris Williams rushed for close to 600 yards during the 2017 campaign. He also scored three touchdowns in a season where he had an opportunity to play a more prominent role in Navarre’s talented backfield. Having an opportunity to showcase his skills and gain valuable varsity experience proved to be a big deal for the […]

Raiders win first outright regional title in program history

Raiders win first outright regional title in program history

Navarre’s weightlifting team is the outright champion of the region for the first time in program history. The Raiders won the title Friday, tallying 70 points, and four lifters won their respective weight classes. Josh Carter, Chris Williams, Jordan Jefferson and Daniel Bost all punched tickets to state. There is a possibility a few other […]

Navarre Raiders win hard-fought district opener against Patriots

Navarre Raiders win hard-fought district opener against Patriots

Periods of pouring rain and crazy momentum shifts were part of the story line of Navarre’s District 2-6A opener against Pace Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. This back-and-forth battle between the sixth-ranked Raiders and upset-minded Patriots was a showdown where both teams put up a fight and refused to back down. Navarre threw […]

Raiders ready to open district play against Patriots

Raiders ready to open district play against Patriots

Navarre’s football team closes out September at home with its District 2-6A opener against Pace. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders are 4-0 and ranked sixth in the state and are looking to take the first step forward in their quest to win a district crown for […]

Raiders set to hit the road for game against Wildcats

Raiders set to hit the road for game against Wildcats

Navarre’s football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Washington Friday night for a 7 p.m. game. The Raiders enter the showdown riding the high of a 56-35 win over Pensacola Catholic in their season opener. Navarre is ranked eighth in the state in 6A and its win […]

Highlights not in short supply in Raiders’ season-opening win over Crusaders

Highlights not in short supply in Raiders’ season-opening win over Crusaders

Omari Green and Dante Wright both scored three touchdowns. Chris Williams found the end zone a couple of times. Cade Taylor and Bryson Brewer picked off passes. It was no doubt a night of highlights for the Navarre Raiders in their season opener against Pensacola Catholic Friday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. But there is […]

Navarre kicks off season against Catholic

Navarre kicks off season against Catholic

It’s time for football. The Navarre Raiders begin what they hope is a long season when they kick off their 2017 campaign against Pensacola Catholic tonight at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Navarre was 12-2 a year ago and reached the state semifinals for the second time in program […]

Spring football begins for Raiders

Spring football begins for Raiders

Jay Walls sits in his office on a Monday afternoon in late April, which happens to be the day spring practice is allowed to begin for prep football teams across the state. But the Raiders, the reigning regional champs, opt to hold off on the start of spring football until May 1. “I’m interested in […]