Jay Walls

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 […]

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 put away Patriots in shutout fashion

Raiders put away Patriots in shutout fashion

Business-like in the locker room Friday night, Navarre mildly celebrated its shutout win over Pace at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. There were a few cheers here and there in the wake of a 34-0 win. However, most of the excitement among the players seemed to stem from watching replays of Raider alum Dante Wright catching […]

Raiders ready to kick off year with Beach Bowl

Raiders ready to kick off year with Beach Bowl

There will be no district title on the line and an automatic berth to the playoffs won’t be hanging in the balance Friday night when Navarre and Gulf Breeze square off in the Beach Bowl at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. A week 10 game the past four seasons, with the last three featuring a showdown […]

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Marlon Courtney scrambled around in the pocket looking to turn nothing into something. With defenders closing in, he made a decision. Let the ball fly 35 yards and have all the faith in the world that someone wearing a Navarre uniform would catch it. Tyler England turned out to be that someone. In the end […]

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Teammates remember Alonzo in a positive light in wake of tragedy

Cool and friendly. A hard worker with a bright smile loved by so many. All the above describe Alex Alonzo. No one ever imagined the Navarre High student and former Raider football player would die by suicide.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Raider mom’s club embraces challenge of feeding the football team

Erica Schultz jokes that it’s like feeding an army or two when talking about the mom’s club providing meals for Navarre’s JV and varsity football players during the first week of camp. The Raiders are treated to breakfast and lunch every day.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. […]

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 […]

Raiders second to no one at state meet

Raiders second to no one at state meet

One point put the exclamation point on Navarre’s first boys state weightlifting championship in program history. Behind two state champions (Josh Carter and Jordan Jefferson), as well as three other medal winners, the Raiders edged Spruce Creek by the slimmest of margins. Noah Melendez placed fourth, and the three points he received for that effort […]

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Navarre gearing up for run at regional title repeat

Rock music blares to the point where it almost shakes the weight room on a Thursday morning, the sound loud enough to carry into the parking lot. Members of Navarre’s weightlifting team are having fun and working hard as they gear up for Friday’s Region 1-2A meet, which the Raiders are hosting starting at noon. […]

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 […]

Raiders begin to look ahead to 2019 season

Raiders begin to look ahead to 2019 season

It’s quiet inside the football fieldhouse on a December afternoon, the 2018 season in the rearview mirror, the building optimism for the 2019 season ahead noticeable. Navarre head coach Jay Walls is in his office and reflecting on another successful campaign, his Raiders finishing 11-2 and reaching the regional championship game for the second time […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

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 […]

Raiders ready for rematch with Bulldogs

Raiders ready for rematch with Bulldogs

A chip is on the shoulder of Navarre, a chip built from the talk on the Crestview side of how the Raiders were lucky to beat the Bulldogs in September. Down 28 points at halftime, Navarre defied the odds and dominated the second half in a thrilling 41-35 overtime win. Senior defensive lineman Mitchell Hunt […]

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