Michael Carter

Heel Yeah! Carter named to Doak Walker watch list

Heel Yeah! Carter named to Doak Walker watch list

Michael Carter is on the Doak Walker Award watch list once again. The junior University of North Carolina running back is one of 72 to make the list. It’s his second consecutive appearance on it. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Navarre alum is in the running for an award that goes to the best running back in […]

Looking back at memorable Raider football games

Looking back at memorable Raider football games

In four seasons of covering Navarre Raider football, there are certain games that have stood out above others. With this fall marking my fifth season of covering the Raiders on the gridiron, it’s a good time to look back on five of the greatest games the Raiders have played since 2015. From the impressive playoff […]

Catching up with Michael Carter

Catching up with Michael Carter

Don’t get Michael Carter wrong. He’s honored to be on the Doak Walker Award Watch List. But the list of 62 college football stars in contention for best running back in the nation is just that. A list. “The recognition was cool, but it’s not enough for me,” Carter said. “I need the award. That’s […]

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Carter named to Doak Walker Watch List

Michael Carter is among the 62 college football players named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List. The list was released Wednesday. The all-time leading rusher at Navarre, Carter is entering his sophomore season at North Carolina. The Doak Walker Award was first given out in 1990 and is awarded to the top running back […]

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 […]

Carter accustomed to the running back life

Carter accustomed to the running back life

His dad, Tony, played running back and coaches the position at Navarre. His two brothers, Michael and Dwayne, rank one and two on the Raiders’ all-time rushing list. Being a running back is in Josh Carter’s DNA, although his reputation as a football star has been built on the strength of his stellar play on […]

Carter impressive in debut for Tar Heels.

Carter impressive in debut for Tar Heels.

Michael Carter made a statement in his college football debut for the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday. The former Navarre star rushed for 94 yards and scored two touchdowns in 35-24 loss to California in Chapel Hill. Carter scored the Tar Heels’ first touchdown of the game, tying the score at 7-7 on a 2-yard […]

Scouting Insiders puts Carter on list of top college running backs

Scouting Insiders puts Carter on list of top college running backs

Former Navarre running back Michael Carter has been named one of the top 10 running backs in the country heading into the 2017 season. The Raiders’ all-time leading rusher will be a freshman at North Carolina this fall and is the only first-year player on the list released by Scouting Insiders. He ranks 10th on […]

Carter brothers expect greatness with C3 Sports

Carter brothers expect greatness with C3 Sports

Dwayne Carter has a bag packed by the door and is ready to travel the moment he gets a call from an NFL team that decides to give him a shot at his pro football dream. For the time being, he’s diligently working to grow the athletic apparel business he started with his two brothers, […]

Carter making a difference in his role as a football coach

Carter making a difference in his role as a football coach

Christmas is in the rear-view mirror and New Year’s Eve is around the corner. The sun is shining, but it’s cold, at least by Florida standards, and the wind is adding a hint of chill to the air. Yet, here is Tony Carter, one of the most recognizable and most respected football coaches in Navarre, […]

Carter named 6A Player of the Year

Carter named 6A Player of the Year

Michael Carter picked up an expected honor Tuesday when he was named the Florida Dairy Farmers 6A Player of the Year in football. The Navarre running back turned in a tremendous performance in his final season with the Raiders, rushing for 2,536 yards and 41 touchdowns. Both are single-season records. Carter’s performance helped power Navarre […]

Tremendous Trio! Carter, Brahms, Madril getting early jump on collegiate careers

Tremendous Trio! Carter, Brahms, Madril getting early jump on collegiate careers

Some schools never produce a Division I athlete. Others might have one or two go on to play at the highest level of college athletics. Navarre has three headed to the D-I level, and all three are graduating from high school next week to get an early jump on their college careers. Running back Michael […]

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 […]

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 […]

Riding wave of momentum, Raiders set for rivalry showdown with Dolphins

Riding wave of momentum, Raiders set for rivalry showdown with Dolphins

Some teams wear down as a season rolls on. Navarre seems to keep getting better. Long hours in the unforgiving summer heat of Florida were spent building up strength and endurance, the Raiders pushing themselves to the point where their bodies might have been screaming for a break but their minds told them the great […]

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. […]

18-consecutive regular season wins for Raiders

18-consecutive regular season wins for Raiders

Navarre’s football team kept its perfect record intact Friday night with a 17-13 come-from-behind win over Escambia at Emmitt Smith Field. The Raiders trailed 13-0 less than six minutes into the game but shut the Gators out in the second half. Down 13-3 at halftime, Caine Adamson and Michael Carter both rushed for touchdowns to […]

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 […]

Raider role models toughen up students

Raider role models toughen up students

On a wall inside Holley-Navarre Intermediate School is a picture of Nick Brahms inside a bouncy house back when he was a student at the school. Nearly a decade later, Brahms is back at the school as a Raider Role Model. It’s the second year in a row the Navarre senior has been a part […]

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 […]

Recruiting game not always easy to play

Recruiting game not always easy to play

For Navarre running back Michael Carter, the recruiting game started early. His appearance in a national championship game in middle school served as a launching pad to the spotlight. “It was awesome for my confidence because it’s something a lot of middle-school athletes, even high-school athletes, aren’t exposed to,” Carter said. “It accelerated my maturity. […]