high school football

Stingrays fall short in playoff opener

Stingrays fall short in playoff opener

Lighthouse Private Christian Academy made its first playoff appearance in program history Friday night in Pensacola. But there was no victory to go along with the historic football moment on a chilly November evening at Victor Randall Stadium. The journey ended here with a 20-14 loss to Akelynn’s Angels Christian Academy. The Stingrays battled throughout […]

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Kobe Johnson thought teammate Xayvion Thomas was joking around Sunday about Navarre getting the cold shoulder when it came to getting into the playoffs. After all, the Raiders went into their bye weekend Friday feeling they had done enough to punch a ticket to the postseason. Their belief was strengthened by the 52-14 win over […]

Navarre football players invited to combine

Navarre football players invited to combine

Grady Kelly watches combines on television when he gets a chance. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to be part of one. Kelly is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He is joining Navarre teammates Elijah Melendez and Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon at the National Combine at the Alamodome in January. Assistant coach Antenney Hemingway […]

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Lighthouse drive to succeed despite obstacles

Practice has just started for Lighthouse Private Christian Academy at Lion Park on a chilly Halloween afternoon in Pensacola. The team is working on kickoff coverage. It isn’t long before a hiccup occurs. A soccer coach of a youth team walks over to Lighthouse head coach Oliver Longley and tells him his team of maybe […]

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Raiders put potential on display in win over Bulldogs

Potential has been within reach all season for Navarre. The Raiders  just haven’t lived up to it. But it was different Friday night. Everything fell into place in Navarre’s 52-14 District 1-7A victory over Crestview at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The offense put up more points than it has in any other game this season […]

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre still in hunt for playoff berth

Navarre is still in the playoff hunt, reviving its hopes with a 52-14 win over Crestview in its regular-season finale Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders are seventh in the latest Region 1 playoff poll with a .560 RPI. They are 6-4 overall and 3-3 in District 1-7A. Navarre finds out for […]

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Raiders alive and well after big win over Bulldogs

Left for dead. Doubters everywhere.  Navarre knew going into Friday night’s regular-season finale against Crestview that it wasn’t expected to do much.  Even Joe Pinkos, who picks high school games across the state, had the Raiders losing the Bulldogs by 25 points. Yet, here on a windy and warm late October night at Bennett C. Russell […]

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up regular season tonight

Navarre wraps up its regular season tonight against Crestview and its playoff hopes are riding on it. The Raiders face the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium needing a win to stay in the hunt for playoff berth. A loss in this District 1-7A game puts the hopes of an eighth consecutive […]

Navarre stays focused despite change to schedule

Navarre stays focused despite change to schedule

Instead of traveling to Tallahassee for a football game, Navarre was on the practice field Friday morning. Its game against Leon ended up postponed until Monday night due to the threat of a tropical storm. The Raiders and Lions will play at 6 p.m. EST at Gene Cox Stadium. The Santa Rosa County School District […]

Raiders eighth in latest football playoff poll

Raiders eighth in latest football playoff poll

Navarre is ranked eighth in the latest Region 1 playoff poll, leaving its streak of consecutive playoff appearances (seven) in jeopardy. The Raiders were seventh last week. The top eight in the final poll make the playoffs. Navarre sports an RPI of .529, barely ahead of Fletcher (.527). Edgewater is still ranked first with an […]

Fate twists in wrong direction for Raiders

Fate twists in wrong direction for Raiders

Fate twisted in the wrong direction for Navarre Friday night. Down four and poised to score, the Raiders missed on a golden opportunity to take control against Chiles in the fourth quarter. The ball was knocked out of Xayvion Thomas’ hands on a catch near the sideline. The Timberwolves recovered the fumble and eventually turned […]

Navarre gears up for homecoming battle with Chiles

Navarre gears up for homecoming battle with Chiles

Navarre is looking to build on its momentum Friday night when it faces Chiles in its homecoming game. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Fresh off their second shutout of the season– a 10-0 win over Tate — the Raiders are eager to take care of business and remain in the hunt […]

Navarre focused on game instead of homecoming hype

Navarre focused on game instead of homecoming hype

Homecoming is Friday night, adding excitement throughout the week leading up to the game. Navarre isn’t getting caught up in the hype of homecoming as every game means more. Instead, they remain focused on a showdown with Chiles at Bennett C. Russell Stadium Friday night. “We have to put the homecoming and pep rally stuff […]

Raiders lift weight off shoulders with win over Tate

Raiders lift weight off shoulders with win over Tate

Winning makes everything better. And for the first time in nearly a month, the Navarre Raiders experienced the thrill of victory. They brought their longest losing streak in a decade to an end Friday night. A 10-0 win over Tate at Pete Grindl Stadium in Cantonment ended the slide at three. The players savored the moment […]

Navarre prepares for district battle with Tate

Navarre prepares for district battle with Tate

Navarre is on the road Friday looking to end a three-game losing streak. The Raiders head to Cantonment to take on Tate in a 7 p.m. District 1-7A game at Pete Gindl Stadium. It’s the first meeting between the two teams since the second round of the playoffs in 2016. Navarre won that game 60-28. […]

Losing streak reaches three for Raiders

Losing streak reaches three for Raiders

With those final painful seconds ticking off the clock, the heartless reality of a three-game losing streak set to sink in, looks of disappointment were a common sight among the players on the Navarre sideline. The Raiders lost another football game Friday night, falling 20-7 to rival Niceville in a critical District 1-7A showdown at […]

Navarre returns home to take on Niceville

Navarre returns home to take on Niceville

Navarre finds itself in unfamiliar territory as it gets set to play Niceville Friday night. Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since 2014, the Raiders (3-2) are hoping to bounce back against the unbeaten Eagles (5-0) in a 7:30 p.m. District 1-7A game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Navarre lost 24-6 to Pine […]

Raiders struggle with momentum in loss to Eagles

Raiders struggle with momentum in loss to Eagles

Navarre Raiders head coach Jay Walls stood outside the visiting locker room late Friday night and said to himself that ‘we have to get better.’  Those words summed up the night a difficult night that ended with the Raiders falling 24-6 to Pine Forest. It’s their second consecutive loss. Not since 2014 has Navarre lost […]

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Navarre stumbled for the first time this football season last Thursday. The Raiders didn’t have enough answers for Lincoln in a 35-20 loss at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee. It was the first time in program history that the Raiders have played a district game as a 7A school. And while the scoreboard didn’t shine […]

Tough night for Raiders in Tallahassee

Tough night for Raiders in Tallahassee

The final score tells the ending of the story but not the whole story. Navarre had a chance to swing the momentum in its favor in this showdown with Lincoln Thursday night here in Tallahassee.  Down seven early in the third quarter, the Raiders had forced the Trojans off the field on their opening drive […]

Raiders on the road for district opener

Raiders on the road for district opener

Navarre begins District 1-7A play under the lights on a Thursday night. The Raiders head on the road today to Tallahassee to take on Lincoln at Gene Cox Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. EST. The Raiders (3-0) come in unbeaten and looking for their first win in a new district. They held on for a […]

Raiders ready to begin district play in football

Raiders ready to begin district play in football

Navarre makes its District 1-7A debut Thursday night when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Lincoln at Gene Cox Stadium. The Raiders moved up from 6A this season and haven’t played the Trojans since 2010, when they met in the playoffs. Lincoln prevailed 34-33. So, for the current players on Navarre’s team, a trip […]

Defense propels Raiders to win over Panthers

Defense propels Raiders to win over Panthers

Kobe Johnson threw the football into the air moments after getting it in his hands after a big play on defense. Moments earlier, the ball had been knocked out of a Milton receiver’s hands on a hard hit by Bailey Huston in the end zone. Johnson’s recovery of the fumble  with 1:41 to go sealed […]

Raiders battle Panthers in first road game

Raiders battle Panthers in first road game

Navarre heads to Milton tonight for its first road game of the season. The Raiders and Panthers kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Haywood Hanna Panther Stadium. Navarre (2-0) is coming off its first shutout win of the season, blanking Pace 34-0. Milton (1-0) played its opener last week and won 36-6 over Pensacola. The […]