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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 […]

Wright steps up as Raiders roll in playoff opener

Wright steps up as Raiders roll in playoff opener

Dante Wright is one of the best receivers in the area. He’s not bad at catching passes from the opposing quarterback either. The versatile senior athlete came up with three interceptions Friday night, returning one for a touchdown, helping Navarre make a statement in its Region 1-6A playoff opener against Pace behind an impressive defensive […]

Navarre rolls into postseason play

Navarre rolls into postseason play

Navarre’s quest for a 6A state championship begins tonight. The Raiders open the postseason against Pace at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The winner plays Escambia or St. Augustine next Friday night. Navarre is making its seventh consecutive trip to the playoffs and enters it at 9-1 and as the No. 1 […]

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Defeating Niceville on the road is special. The Navarre Raiders did it in convincing fashion Friday night, hammering the Eagles 38-13 on a cold November evening at Eagle Stadium. Navarre ends the regular season at 9-1 and is poised to earn  the right to host the first three rounds of the Region 1-6A playoffs as […]

Celebration time! Raiders win the Beach Bowl

Celebration time! Raiders win the Beach Bowl

Teammates tried to distract Chris Williams during a post game interview. Williams smiled and even a laughed a little. But he  never lost his focus. The same can be said about the Navarre Raiders in their 40-12 dismantling of Gulf Breeze  in the Beach Bowl Friday night. The Raiders dominated all three phases of the […]

Navarre, Gulf Breeze set to square off in rivalry game

Navarre, Gulf Breeze set to square off in rivalry game

Bring on the Beach Bowl. Navarre and Gulf Breeze play their rivalry game tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. A lot is on the line. There’s the District 2-6A championship and automatic berth to the playoffs. There’s also bragging rights and a Beach Bowl trophy. This is 11th time the Raiders and […]

Beach Bowl up next for the Raiders

Beach Bowl up next for the Raiders

As the thrill of victory soaked in late Friday night, the Navarre players celebrating a 49-12 District 2-6A win over Milton inside the fieldhouse, the enjoyment was expected to carry on into the weekend, though the focus was on a huge game on the horizon. Gulf Breeze is next for the state-ranked Raiders. As expected […]

Wright makes history in Raiders’ dominant district win

Wright makes history in Raiders’ dominant district win

Dante Wright made school history Friday night. The senior wide receiver became the first at Navarre to get to 2,000 receiving yards. Along the way he helped the Raiders dominate Milton 49-12 in a District 2-6A game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. A class act and leader on and off the field, the Tulane commit […]

Raiders ready to move ahead after tough loss

Raiders ready to move ahead after tough loss

After suffering their first loss of the year, the Navarre Raiders now turn their attention to a District 2-6A showdown with Milton Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders fell 37-27 to Escambia Friday night in a battle of state-ranked teams and are eager to bounce back as they continue their quest for […]

Navarre falls in showdown between state-ranked teams

Navarre falls in showdown between state-ranked teams

Some nights a team just has to learn from a loss and move on. Navarre’s football team found itself in that situation Friday night against Escambia. The Raiders fell 37-27 to the Gators in a showdown between state-ranked teams at Emmitt Smith Field in Pensacola. Navarre trailed 20-7 at halftime but closed the gap to […]

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