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Navarre suffers painful ending to football season

Navarre suffers painful ending to football season

Losing in the postseason hurts. That was evident as ever late Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. It was there that Navarre’s postseason journey came to an end. Despite a gutsy second-half effort, the Raiders fell 35-21 to Buchholz in a 7A regional quarterfinal. With reality hitting in the final minutes that the 2020 […]

One thing is for certain: Navarre remains unbeaten

One thing is for certain: Navarre remains unbeaten

Uncertainty and doubt joined Navarre at the start line of the regular season when it began two months ago. In reaching the finish line Thursday night, one thing was for certain: The Raiders left no doubt that they are among the top teams in the area. They pushed away Crestview 30-13 at Jack Foster Stadium, […]

Navarre Raiders on the road to close out regular season

Navarre Raiders on the road to close out regular season

Despite playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Navarre’s football team is about to reach the finish line of the regular season. The Raiders play their final game of the regular season tonight against Crestview in a 7 p.m. showdown at Jack Foster Stadium. A lot of uncertainty hung over the season and how it would play […]

Navarre ready for return to the football field

Navarre ready for return to the football field

A strange couple of weeks for Navarre’s football team are finally over. The Raiders return to the field tonight. They take on Andalusia in a 7:30 p.m. home game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Navarre hasn’t played since Oct. 8 when it rolled past Choctaw 50-21 in its first home game of the year. The […]

More uncertainty looms for Navarre football team

More uncertainty looms for Navarre football team

A season of uncertainty just got a little more uncertain. The Navarre Raiders will not play Fort Walton Beach Friday night at home but are seeking out another opponent. 🚨 ATTENTION ALL HS FOOTBALL COACHES 🚨 Navarre high school is looking for a game on 23 October. If you have a open date or cancellation […]

COVID-related issues force Raiders to cancel game

COVID-related issues force Raiders to cancel game

The football showdown between Navarre and Niceville Friday night at Eagles Stadium is no longer on the schedule. Because of issues related to COVID-19, Navarre athletic director Scott Murphy said a decision was made Thursday night to cancel the game. It will not be made up. Navarre head coach Jay Walls said he learned one […]

Navarre rolls over Indians in home opener

Navarre rolls over Indians in home opener

Sewn into Navarre’s showdown with Choctaw Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium were a host of storylines. They made this game on a warm October evening all the more meaningful. It was senior night for starters. A total of 39 of them recognized prior to kickoff of the first home game of a season […]

Raiders open long-awaited season with a win

Raiders open long-awaited season with a win

As crazy as 2020 has been, some things never change. Like Navarre finding a way to win football games. The Raiders did it again Friday night. They opened the long-awaited campaign with a 17-7 win over Pace on the road. More than three months after beginning summer workouts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and a week […]

Raiders kick off football season against Patriots

Raiders kick off football season against Patriots

Ready for some football? The Navarre Raiders are. After months of workouts and practices, plus an additional week-long delay because of Hurricane Sally, the Raiders are finally going to play football in 2020. Unsure if this moment would happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Navarre kicks off the year against Pace tonight in a 7:30 […]

NHS football reacts quickly to potential COVID exposure

NHS football reacts quickly to potential COVID exposure

Navarre’s football team quickly dealt with a situation involving a handful of players that were at a gathering with someone outside the program displaying COVID-19 symptoms. As a precaution, all six players were sent home prior to the team’s summer workout Wednesday. None showed signs of the virus. They did not attend Thursday’s workout either. […]

Pigskin Picks contest goes down to the wire

Pigskin Picks contest goes down to the wire

LSU and Clemson are playing for the national championship Monday night in New Orleans. Jayer Williamson and Irish Bill Hammel are as well. Williamson and Hammel are the last two standing in the battle for the Pigskin Picks crown, and the winner of the annual contest will be decided the same night a champion is […]

Raider football team focused on weight room in offseason

Raider football team focused on weight room in offseason

It wasn’t long before junior linebacker Bailey Huston was back in the weight room along with his teammates on the Navarre football team. Burned by the feeling of missing the playoffs, that disappointment has provided fuel to the fire of the Raiders’ motivation. It’s why they have hit the ground running in the offseason. “We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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