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Navarre looking for payback against Gators

Navarre looking for payback against Gators

Navarre is seeking payback and a trip to the Region 1-6A final tonight when it takes on Escambia in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The top-seeded Raiders (10-1) lost 37-27 to the fifth-seeded Gators (9-2) back in October. They fell behind 20-0 in the opening quarter and could not recover despite […]

Raiders hold off Gators

Raiders hold off Gators

Nothing came easy for Navarre’s girls basketball team Monday night against Escambia. But the Raiders won a thriller against the Gators, surviving with a 53-51 victory, the players running off the floor as time expired to celebrate their win. “We like to keep it exciting here at Navarre,” first-year head coach Abby Fogg said with […]

Bentley reaches coaching milestone

Bentley reaches coaching milestone

The interview was just about over and then Navarre head boys basketball coach Taf Bentley remembered something pretty significant. “Oh, 100 wins,” Bentley said. The win total is in reference to the milestone he reached Tuesday night after Navarre’s 80-42 dismantling of Escambia. It was the 100th win of Bentley’s career at the school. This […]

Navarre aims to bounce back this week

Navarre aims to bounce back this week

Navarre is ready to move forward. After a 27-point lead slipped away in a 35-27 loss to Escambia Friday night, the Raiders will look to get back on track Friday night when it takes on Milton in a District 2-6A game at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders are 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the district and ranked […]

Gator Bitten: Navarre suffers gut-wrenching loss to Escambia

Gator Bitten: Navarre suffers gut-wrenching loss to Escambia

Twenty-seven point leads aren’t supposed to disappear. Not at home.  Not on Homecoming. But one did for Navarre in its showdown with Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The state-ranked Raiders owned the first half. A 63-yard touchdown catch by Dante Wright, interception returns for touchdowns by Wright and Josh Carter and a […]

Raiders’ showdown with Gators will have playoff-like feel to it

Raiders’ showdown with Gators will have playoff-like feel to it

Navarre’s Homecoming showdown with Escambia Friday night will have a postseason feel to it considering playoff points will be on the line when the seventh-ranked Raiders battle the Gators in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Under the new playoff format, district champions in each of the regions are assured of a […]

Raiders survive and advance with thrilling win over Gators

Raiders survive and advance with thrilling win over Gators

Fans stood on their feet cheering as loud as they could — some ringing cowbells — as they waited for a pressure-packed moment to unfold in Navarre’s opening round playoff game against Escambia Friday night. There were two minutes and 58 seconds left on the clock and the Raiders needed a stop more than they […]

Raiders shake off adversity in comeback win over Gators

Raiders shake off adversity in comeback win over Gators

Sometimes it’s easy to let adversity force you into a moment where you just want so slam the palm of your hand down on the panic button. Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Carter refused to do it. He wasn’t worried. His Navarre teammates weren’t either. Logic said they should have been. The eighth-ranked Raiders trailed Escambia 13-0 on […]

Defense propels Raiders to victory over Gators

Defense propels Raiders to victory over Gators

Slowing down Escambia isn’t easy. Not when the Gators thrive off their multi-pronged attack, which gives them the potential to score points in bunches. But Navarre was ready for the challenge Friday night, forcing four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Michael Sandle, as it slowed Escambia’s offense to a crawl in an impressive […]