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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 […]

Four-quarter effort fuels Navarre’s success

Four-quarter effort fuels Navarre’s success

Talent plays a big part in Navarre’s success. But nothing stands out more, perhaps, than the effort the Raiders put forth week in and week out. Six weeks into the 2018 campaign, Navarre has dodged two bullets, rallying twice for thrilling wins, including once in overtime, and shook off a tightly contested first half with […]

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Sage Chambers was in one of his first practices as a college quarterback at Huntingdon. As he prepared to throw, something went wrong. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. […]

Raiders roll in district opener

Raiders roll in district opener

Another perfect September. Another road win. And, of course, a strong start to the quest for a District 2-6A championship. A back-and-forth battle in the first half, Navarre dominated Pace in the final two quarters to earn a 49-30 win on a humid Friday night. The fifth-ranked Raiders (6-0) took their first step towards their […]

Raiders kick off district play against Patriots

Raiders kick off district play against Patriots

Navarre is back on the road tonight. The Raiders head to Pace to take on the Patriots in the District 2-6A opener for both teams. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The Raiders have won 16 consecutive games away from home in the regular season and 18 of 19 overall on the road. Navarre (5-0) enters the […]

Wild Finish! Raiders grind out win over Eagles

Wild Finish! Raiders grind out win over Eagles

With rain falling and hope fading in the final minute of a wild back-and-forth battle between Navarre and Pine Forest, Marlon Courtney let the ball fly and hoped for the best. “It was fourth down. I had guys in front of my face. No way was I running to the end zone. I just had […]

Raiders gear up for battle with Eagles

Raiders gear up for battle with Eagles

Navarre returns home tonight to take on Pine Forest in a battle of unbeaten teams. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The fifth-ranked Raiders (4-0) enter the game ranked fifth in the state in 6A. They rolled past Choctaw 53-7 a week ago and have scored 50 or more twice this season. […]

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Raider Role Model program enters 5th year

Cassie Nolan wasn’t sure if the Raider Role Models program was going to take place this fall. When Navarre head football coach Jay Walls approached her about it, asking if she planned to do it again this year because his players were asking about it, the Holley-Navarre Primary School kindergarten teacher knew she had to […]

Raiders hit the road for battle with Indians

Raiders hit the road for battle with Indians

Navarre is back on the road tonight. The Raiders take on Choctaw in a 7 p.m. battle at Joe Etheredge Stadium. The Raiders (3-0) come in ranked fifth in the state in 6A and are riding the high of a 41-35 overtime win over Crestview last week. Navarre rallied from 28 points down to earn […]

Instant Classic! Raiders rally for wild win

Instant Classic! Raiders rally for wild win

From 28 to 0-no to oh what a win. In an instant classic between two state ranked teams, Navarre scratched, clawed and grinded its way to an unbelievable 41-35 comeback victory over Crestview Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Dante Wright punctuated the heart-stopping win when he bolted for the end zone on a […]

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