high school football

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Dawson Higginbotham found himself in a backup role last season. He’s expected to be a starter this year for an offensive line that should be one of the biggest in the area. “The atmosphere of playing varsity last year was great,” Higginbotham said. “It was a big step up. It definitely makes you work harder […]

Raiders use camp as opportunity to improve

Raiders use camp as opportunity to improve

Navarre defensive back Kobe Johnson relished the opportunity to showcase his skills at the University of West Florida football Friday Night Lights camp. After all, it breaks the up the routine of the summer, making it a little more interesting. “Every day in practice it gets boring sometimes going up against the same guys,” Johnson […]

Looking back at memorable Raider football games

Looking back at memorable Raider football games

In four seasons of covering Navarre Raider football, there are certain games that have stood out above others. With this fall marking my fifth season of covering the Raiders on the gridiron, it’s a good time to look back on five of the greatest games the Raiders have played since 2015. From the impressive playoff […]

Thomas invested in becoming best player possible

Thomas invested in becoming best player possible

Xayvion Thomas’ Twitter feed is filled with posts about the various college camps he’s been attending. They are seemingly nonstop for the past few weeks now. Invested in getting noticed by recruiters, he’s also putting forth the effort to mold himself into the best player he can be for the start of Navarre’s football season. […]

Dwayne Carter a role model for younger athletes

Dwayne Carter a role model for younger athletes

When Jordan Williams landed a walk-on opportunity at Troy, he gave credit to Dwayne Carter. The night Quentin Randolph had his breakout game for the University of West Florida football team in its opener against Carson-Newman, he made sure to mention Carter in his post-game press conference. “When I read about what those guys said, […]

Jefferson plays among best in North-South game

Jefferson plays among best in North-South game

Jordan Jefferson found himself in elite company this past weekend. Navarre’s standout senior defensive lineman played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game in The Villages Saturday afternoon. He played on a defense that forced six turnovers and helped the North top the South 27-16. The North won for the first time since 2014. […]

Momentum shift before halftime propels Raiders to win

Momentum shift before halftime propels Raiders to win

Two minutes to go. An opportunity to steal the momentum. Navarre didn’t let it go to waste. A drive late in the first half turned the tide in its favor against Pensacola Catholic. Quinn Caballero caught a 34-yard scoring strike in the closing seconds to cap it. Navarre led 14-7 and  went on to win […]

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

Raiders seize opportunity to get better at UWF football camp

College football camps provide an opportunity for players to improve their skills and, if fortunate enough, make a lasting impression on coaches. Several Navarre Raiders seized the opportunity to do just that last weekend at the University of West Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp at Pen Air Field. “I was able to get some extra […]

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Navarre running back Chris Williams said it best in providing a reason why the University of West Florida football camp was the place to be on a muggy summer night in July. “This isn’t just a regular team. They went to the (national) championship last year,” Williams said. “It’s a blessing to be a part […]

Several Raiders expected to receive combine invitations

Several Raiders expected to receive combine invitations

 At some point next week, Navarre football standouts Josh Carter, James Segrest, Jordan Jefferson and Quinn Caballero are expected to receive invitations to the National Combine. Scheduled in conjunction with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the combine will be held at the Alamodome in San Antonio in January. Teammate Dante Wright […]

Rivalry factor spices up spring game for Raiders

Rivalry factor spices up spring game for Raiders

Spring practice is nearing an end for Navarre’s football team. The Raiders will close it out Friday night with a 7:30 p.m. game against rival Gulf Breeze at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. It will be a nice change from a year ago when the Raiders had to settle for a scrimmage. “In the past we […]