Darnell Deas

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Somewhere above in the clear, sunlit blue sky, DJ Deas was looking down on the Marvelous Light Foundation 5K held in his honor on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in Navarre. He was more than likely flashing the infectious smile that brightened the day of so many in his 16 years on Earth, seeing the large […]

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Redding wins first Marvelous Light Foundation Scholarship

Lauren Redding didn’t know DJ Deas personally. But she knew of him and knew of his tragic story. Deas died by suicide last summer at the age of 16. Part of a military family, he attended Navarre in 2017, competing in track in the spring and football that fall before moving back to the Jacksonville […]

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Marvelous Light Foundation 5K Fun Run/Walk set for March

Cheryl Deas landed in Jacksonville at 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time last Tuesday after a late-night flight from Washington D.C. She was originally scheduled to land at 10 p.m. last Monday. Delays changed that plan. That left her only an hour to sleep before getting into her car and driving to Milton for the Santa Rosa […]

Raiders impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

Raiders impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

It took only 23 seconds for the Navarre Raiders to put the firepower of their offense on display in the Kickoff Classic against Chiles Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Sage Chambers connected with Dante Wright on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Raiders in front 7-0 and the two would hook up […]

Raiders make strides in football scrimmage

Raiders make strides in football scrimmage

It wasn’t a perfect night. Mistakes were made. A couple of touchdowns were called back and big plays were given up by the defense. In the end, progress was made, and really, that is what matters most to the Navarre Raiders, who spent a little more than two hours running plays in their Maroon and […]

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 […]