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Special season ends in disappointment for Raiders

Special season ends in disappointment for Raiders

Xavier Fernandez walked over to the bench and slammed his helmet against it. His frustration had hit its limit and then emotion took over. Navarre’s energetic and talented senior linebacker fought back tears as best as he could as the painful reality of a 35-14 loss to Lake Gibson in a 6A state semifinal sunk […]

Raiders one win away from shot at state title

Raiders one win away from shot at state title

Just over two minutes were left on the clock and Navarre had its grip on an 18-point lead after Michael Carter scored his fourth touchdown of the game. Loyal fans who made the nearly 400-mile trip to St. Augustine to watch their beloved Raiders play in a 6A regional final showdown against the Yellow Jackets were […]

Thrill of victory for Raiders, (Aggie)ny of defeat for Tate

Thrill of victory for Raiders, (Aggie)ny of defeat for Tate

Aaron Mitchell bulldozed his way into the end zone from six yards out late in the fourth quarter, extending an already comfortable lead for Navarre in its 6A regional semifinal against Tate. But the touchdown, the first of the year for Mitchell, who primarily plays on defense, meant far more to him than another six […]

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Intensity rises to another level in a game between two rivals, setting the stage for a showdown that can either bring out the best in athletic competition or shine a light on the worst of it. In the wake of what has happened in recent years during the Navarre-Gulf Breeze rivalry week — property has […]

Seventh Heaven! Carter scores seven touchdowns as Raiders smash Stallions

Seventh Heaven! Carter scores seven touchdowns as Raiders smash Stallions

Maybe on the surface what Michael Carter did Friday night to American Heritage seems unreal. It’s not every day a running back scores a school-record seven touchdowns. But the success Carter enjoyed  on a special Homecoming night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium goes beyond the 300-plus rushing yards he rolled up and it goes beyond […]

Raiders stay unbeaten with dominant win over Panthers

Raiders stay unbeaten with dominant win over Panthers

Caine Adamson is quietly becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the area. Forced to be the full-time starter when Sage Chambers went down with an injury in week three — the two had split the signal caller duties up until that point — the Navarre senior has embraced the role and run with it. […]

Raiders shake off adversity in comeback win over Gators

Raiders shake off adversity in comeback win over Gators

Sometimes it’s easy to let adversity force you into a moment where you just want so slam the palm of your hand down on the panic button. Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Carter refused to do it. He wasn’t worried. His Navarre teammates weren’t either. Logic said they should have been. The eighth-ranked Raiders trailed Escambia 13-0 on […]

Raiders resort to trick plays in district win over Pace

Raiders resort to trick plays in district win over Pace

Everyone knows Michael Carter can run with the football. It’s why the speedy Navarre running back is headed to North Carolina next fall to play for the Tar Heels. But considering what the senior did Friday night against Pace, he’s not bad at throwing the football either. Carter triggered a momentum-swinging play with under a […]

Raiders steamroll Vikings

Raiders steamroll Vikings

Behind an offensive line that continues to improve in  its ability to pave the way for a powerful attack and relentless defense that seems to rough up opponents like its a bully stealing lunch money, Navarre steamrolled Fort Walton Beach Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, crushing the Vikings 48-6 for its fourth win […]

Raiders rally to knock off Indians

Raiders rally to knock off Indians

Just call it a comeback. Down by 14 at one point in the first half, eighth-ranked Navarre refused to be the victim of an upset, rallying for a 34-21 win over Choctaw Friday night at Joe Etheredge Stadium in Fort Walton. Moments after the defense stopped the Indians on fourth-and-short near midfield, Michael Carter broke […]

Raiders kick off 2016 season Friday night against Crusaders

Raiders kick off 2016 season Friday night against Crusaders

The 2016 football season begins Friday night. Those words are music to the ears of senior defensive back Lee Jones. “I can’t wait to play,” Jones said. “It’s been since November, almost a year since we’ve played. We’re ready to get out there. I want to see Bo (Herring) hit somebody or see Mike (Carter) […]

Raiders’ defensive line brings aggressive mentality to the field

Raiders’ defensive line brings aggressive mentality to the field

Tyler Morton is the only returning starter on Navarre’s defensive line and understands his role as a leader is important to the success the Raiders have this season on their defensive front. “I’ve worked on being more vocal and making sure everyone knows what they are doing,” Morton said. “Communication is important to doing our […]

Receivers catching on for Navarre Raiders

Receivers catching on for Navarre Raiders

Benito Jordan Williams Jr., didn’t play football during his first three years of high school, focusing instead on basketball at Navarre. After a lot of encouragement, the rising senior decided to give it a shot. “Ever since my sophomore year people have been telling me to come out,” Williams said. “They told me I had […]

Raiders take aim at improvement in summer months

Raiders take aim at improvement in summer months

Just behind Bennett C. Russell Stadium, the place where Navarre’s dreams of a perfect season came crashing down in a gut-wrenching 23-22 loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs last November, the Raiders work hard on a sun-splashed practice field. Navarre head coach Jay Walls is pleased with his team’s progress after two weeks […]

Spring practice underway for motivated Raiders

Spring practice underway for motivated Raiders

No one on Navarre’s football team will ever forget the painful ending to last season. The 23-22 double-overtime loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs will forever be stored somewhere in the memory banks of the players. It also serves as motivation for the Raiders as they engage in spring practice. “Last […]

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