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Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Championship quest begins for the Navarre Raiders

Navarre’s football team wants to win a state championship, and on Friday night, the 10th-ranked Raiders will begin their quest for high school football’s ultimate prize, opening postseason play against Niceville  in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The winner moves on to play the winner of the St. Augustine vs. Tate […]

Raiders rise to occasion in regular-season finale

Raiders rise to occasion in regular-season finale

           In case you were wondering how good the defense of the Navarre Raiders really is, look no further than a two-minute span in the second quarter Friday night. It was during that stretch that Kevon Washington and Dante Wright picked off passes and swung the momentum in the Raiders’ favor […]

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Navarre’s football team will close out its regular season against Niceville in a 7:30 p.m. showdown. Ranked 10th in the state and 7-1 on the season, the Raiders will be looking to take down the Eagles for the third consecutive year and take a ton of momentum into […]

Sweet revenge for Raiders in Beach Bowl

Sweet revenge for Raiders in Beach Bowl

Josh Carter held the Navarre flag in his hand, the same flag he had planted in the middle of Dolphin Stadium after the 10th-ranked Raiders held on for a riveting 29-23 win over rival Gulf Breeze Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd. He was happy. So were his teammates. The fans were […]

It’s Beach Bowl time

It’s Beach Bowl time

It’s Beach Bowl time. Navarre and Gulf Breeze will play their annual rivalry game Friday night at Dolphin Stadium in Gulf Breeze. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. This will be the 10th meeting between the schools in which a trophy will be on the line. The Raiders have won eight of the nine meetings. […]

Back in business: Navarre rolls past Milton

Back in business: Navarre rolls past Milton

Sage Chambers forgot his jersey for the trip to Milton. What he didn’t forget was how to play quarterback. Behind a gutsy effort from the offensive line, the senior threw for more than 200 yards and hit Dante Wright on a pair of touchdown passes to catapult the Raiders to a 28-7 District 2-6A win over […]

Gator Bitten: Navarre suffers gut-wrenching loss to Escambia

Gator Bitten: Navarre suffers gut-wrenching loss to Escambia

Twenty-seven point leads aren’t supposed to disappear. Not at home.  Not on Homecoming. But one did for Navarre in its showdown with Escambia Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The state-ranked Raiders owned the first half. A 63-yard touchdown catch by Dante Wright, interception returns for touchdowns by Wright and Josh Carter and a […]

Raiders’ showdown with Gators will have playoff-like feel to it

Raiders’ showdown with Gators will have playoff-like feel to it

Navarre’s Homecoming showdown with Escambia Friday night will have a postseason feel to it considering playoff points will be on the line when the seventh-ranked Raiders battle the Gators in a 7:30 p.m. showdown at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Under the new playoff format, district champions in each of the regions are assured of a […]

Navarre Raiders win hard-fought district opener against Patriots

Navarre Raiders win hard-fought district opener against Patriots

Periods of pouring rain and crazy momentum shifts were part of the story line of Navarre’s District 2-6A opener against Pace Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. This back-and-forth battle between the sixth-ranked Raiders and upset-minded Patriots was a showdown where both teams put up a fight and refused to back down. Navarre threw […]

Raiders ready to open district play against Patriots

Raiders ready to open district play against Patriots

Navarre’s football team closes out September at home with its District 2-6A opener against Pace. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. The Raiders are 4-0 and ranked sixth in the state and are looking to take the first step forward in their quest to win a district crown for […]

Raiders survive crucial road test against Eagles

Raiders survive crucial road test against Eagles

Tested often Friday night, Navarre’s football team found a way to survive against Pine Forest in an intense non-district showdown at Lon Wise Stadium. The Raiders came up with a huge stop on fourth down in the final quarter before Sage Chambers ran five yards on a hard-nosed touchdown run with a little over two […]

Raiders put road win streak on the line against Eagles

Raiders put road win streak on the line against Eagles

Navarre’s football team will put its impressive road win streak on the line Friday night when it takes on Pine Forest at 7 p.m. in Pensacola. The Raiders have won their last 13 road games and 24 of their last 25 games overall in the regular season. They are 3-0 after topping Choctaw 41-24 last […]

Big plays on defense propel Raiders to comeback win over Indians

Big plays on defense propel Raiders to comeback win over Indians

Two big plays in the second half turned the tide in Navarre’s favor in a showdown with Choctaw Friday night. The first swung the momentum. The second drove a dagger through the Indians’ victory hopes. Nolan Garrett and Alex Gilchrist each blocked a punt and Josh Carter scored off both to help the Raiders roll to a […]

Raiders get back to work on the football field

Raiders get back to work on the football field

Navarre’s football team returned to the practice field Tuesday in preparation for Friday night’s game against Choctaw. The seventh-ranked Raiders had last Friday’s game against Crestview wiped out due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The Santa Rosa County School District cancelled school Friday and Monday and all but a handful of athletic events were […]

Silence on the sports front

Silence on the sports front

Football fields, volleyball courts, swimming pools and cross country courses will be silent this weekend. Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma and the evacuations resulting from it, Governor Rick Scott ordered Thursday night that all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday through Monday. Schools in Santa Rosa County […]

Raiders rally for big road win over Wildcats

Raiders rally for big road win over Wildcats

Navarre’s football team has developed a reputation for being road warriors. The eighth-ranked Raiders did nothing to tarnish it Friday night in Pensacola, winning their 13th consecutive road game with a 27-12 victory over Washington. The streak dates back to the beginning of the 2015 season and that success is one of the reasons the […]

Highlights not in short supply in Raiders’ season-opening win over Crusaders

Highlights not in short supply in Raiders’ season-opening win over Crusaders

Omari Green and Dante Wright both scored three touchdowns. Chris Williams found the end zone a couple of times. Cade Taylor and Bryson Brewer picked off passes. It was no doubt a night of highlights for the Navarre Raiders in their season opener against Pensacola Catholic Friday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. But there is […]

Raiders impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

Raiders impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

It took only 23 seconds for the Navarre Raiders to put the firepower of their offense on display in the Kickoff Classic against Chiles Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Sage Chambers connected with Dante Wright on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Raiders in front 7-0 and the two would hook up […]

Raiders to battle Chiles in dress rehearsal for regular season

Raiders to battle Chiles in dress rehearsal for regular season

Preseason camp is in the rear-view mirror for the Raiders. Navarre now turns its attention to its Kickoff Classic game against Chiles at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Head coach Jay Walls calls the game a dress rehearsal. It also serves as an opportunity for him to evaluate the team against a […]

Raiders kick off preseason camp

Raiders kick off preseason camp

Football practice for the 2017 season is officially underway for the Navarre Raiders. Navarre enters preseason camp on the heals of a successful two months of summer workouts. “Attendance was outstanding in the summer and the majority of our guys worked hard, but we have a lot of work to do in camp,” Navarre head coach […]

Raiders cap off spring football with win over Patriots

Raiders cap off spring football with win over Patriots

Dante Wright scored three touchdowns and the defense tightened up after allowing an early touchdown as Navarre rolled to a 21-7 win over Pace in its spring game Friday night in Pace. The varsity was on the field for the final two quarters after the junior varsity teams played in the first half. Using a […]

Raiders make strides in football scrimmage

Raiders make strides in football scrimmage

It wasn’t a perfect night. Mistakes were made. A couple of touchdowns were called back and big plays were given up by the defense. In the end, progress was made, and really, that is what matters most to the Navarre Raiders, who spent a little more than two hours running plays in their Maroon and […]

Spring football begins for Raiders

Spring football begins for Raiders

Jay Walls sits in his office on a Monday afternoon in late April, which happens to be the day spring practice is allowed to begin for prep football teams across the state. But the Raiders, the reigning regional champs, opt to hold off on the start of spring football until May 1. “I’m interested in […]

On to the NFL: Leggett taken by New York Jets in fifth round

On to the NFL: Leggett taken by New York Jets in fifth round

With the 144th pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Grover Stewart, a defensive tackle out of Albany State. The announcement signaled the end of the fourth round Saturday afternoon, leaving Jordan Leggett, who was projected to be taken in the round, wondering when his name would be called. Nine tight ends had […]

Raiders finish as runner-up at district weightlifting meet

Raiders finish as runner-up at district weightlifting meet

Xavier Fernandez and Omari Green both won district championships in their respective weight classes Friday and helped Navarre’s boys weightlifting team finish second as a team at the District 2-2A meet at home. Two-time state champion Choctaw won the title with 91 points. Navarre was second with 61 points. “We knew Choctaw was going to […]

Raiders have strong showing in opener

Raiders have strong showing in opener

Navarre’s boys weightlifting team opened its season Monday at home against Fort Walton Beach, winning six weight divisions en route to a 50-31 victory over the Vikings. Nathan Crews won the crown at 119 pounds while Daniel Bost finished first at 183 pounds. Bo Herring took first at 219 pounds and Omari Green claimed first […]

Carter among seniors to make his mark for Raiders

Carter among seniors to make his mark for Raiders

Michael Carter’s future is bright. Navarre’s talented senior running back is headed to North Carolina next fall to play college football for the Tar Heels. Yet, his mind wasn’t on his future late Friday night in the wake of the Raiders’ 35-14 loss to Lake Gibson in a 6A state semifinal at Bennett C. Russell […]