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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Last weekend was one of the most violent on a football Friday night. There were three shootings outside stadiums in three different states, including Florida, and that has prompted a more proactive approach to preventing future incidents. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Raiders set to battle Wildcats

Raiders set to battle Wildcats

Navarre plays its home opener tonight against Washington. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The ninth-ranked Raiders are coming off a 35-7 season-opening win over Pensacola Catholic last week where they used a run of 28 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Navarre also stepped up defensively, […]

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 open season against Crusaders

Raiders open season against Crusaders

Navarre begins what it hopes will be a long season when it travels to Pensacola Friday to take on Catholic. Kickoff is 7 p.m. A 9-2 team a season ago, the Raiders won a district championship and reached the second round of the playoffs. The Crusaders were 2-8 last season and beaten 56-35 by the […]

Recruiting hype

Recruiting hype

Before social media became the hotbed for finding out anything and everything about someone else’s life, athletes around the nation had no idea who was getting what offer from what school. At least not instantly. Times have changed, according to Tony Carter, an assistant football coach at Navarre. Read the full article in the June […]

Raiders put on a show in spring game

Raiders put on a show in spring game

A display of depth at quarterback, signs of progress along both lines and business as usual for Dante Wright highlighted the spring game against Pace Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders won the varsity first half 31-14 and then outscored the Patriots 14-7 in a second half featuring many of the varsity […]

Raiders win own invitational

Raiders win own invitational

Five lifters won their respective weight classes at the Navarre weightlifting invitational last Wednesday. The Raiders also won the team title, easily out-distancing runner-up Niceville. “We’ve had a good season so far,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “Our kids have been working really hard.” The meet could be a sign of things to come. […]

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Sports provides opportunities for special needs children

Carson Greenhaw knows no limits. His dreams have no limits either because autism isn’t something he allows to be a barrier. “He thinks he’s as big and tough as the big guys,” his mother Stacey said. “He truly believes he is a Raider and will play for them. He’s determined and certainly has perseverance. He […]

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls stood in front of his team late Friday night, the pain of a 52-21 playoff loss to St. Augustine still fresh, the reality of the season coming to a close just beginning to sink in on a chilly evening on the East Coast of Florida. Some of the players were […]

St. Augustine next stop for Navarre on playoff journey

St. Augustine next stop for Navarre on playoff journey

The game is bigger than the trip. That was the message Navarre head coach Jay Walls gave his team after its 49-47 win over Niceville in the opening round of the 6A playoffs Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The game Walls is referring to is the regional semifinal showdown with top-seeded St. Augustine […]

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls was asked an important question after the Raiders survived a 49-47 shootout against Niceville Friday night in a 6A playoff opener. Someone wanted to know what he thought of Dante Wright’s hair. The junior wide receiver/defensive back left hair near the front of his head but shaved the top and […]

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

 Sometimes you need to rely on an X-Factor to get the W in the playoffs. So there was Garren Harper Friday night, the unexpected hero in fourth-seeded Navarre’s opening round game against fifth-seeded Niceville. He was wide open as the ball came spiraling towards him. He made […]

Greatness available as Raiders gear up for postseason play

Greatness available as Raiders gear up for postseason play

Greatness is available. Navarre head coach Jay Walls told his team that after it closed out the regular season with a 42-20 win over Niceville Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. In the postseason for the ninth time in program history, the Raiders are focused on making a run at the program’s first state […]