Navarre Raiders Football

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Navarre left out of playoffs despite strong finish to year

Kobe Johnson thought teammate Xayvion Thomas was joking around Sunday about Navarre getting the cold shoulder when it came to getting into the playoffs. After all, the Raiders went into their bye weekend Friday feeling they had done enough to punch a ticket to the postseason. Their belief was strengthened by the 52-14 win over […]

Navarre football players invited to combine

Navarre football players invited to combine

Grady Kelly watches combines on television when he gets a chance. Now, he’ll have an opportunity to be part of one. Kelly is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. He is joining Navarre teammates Elijah Melendez and Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon at the National Combine at the Alamodome in January. Assistant coach Antenney Hemingway […]

Raiders eighth in latest football playoff poll

Raiders eighth in latest football playoff poll

Navarre is ranked eighth in the latest Region 1 playoff poll, leaving its streak of consecutive playoff appearances (seven) in jeopardy. The Raiders were seventh last week. The top eight in the final poll make the playoffs. Navarre sports an RPI of .529, barely ahead of Fletcher (.527). Edgewater is still ranked first with an […]

Fate twists in wrong direction for Raiders

Fate twists in wrong direction for Raiders

Fate twisted in the wrong direction for Navarre Friday night. Down four and poised to score, the Raiders missed on a golden opportunity to take control against Chiles in the fourth quarter. The ball was knocked out of Xayvion Thomas’ hands on a catch near the sideline. The Timberwolves recovered the fumble and eventually turned […]

Navarre gears up for homecoming battle with Chiles

Navarre gears up for homecoming battle with Chiles

Navarre is looking to build on its momentum Friday night when it faces Chiles in its homecoming game. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Fresh off their second shutout of the season– a 10-0 win over Tate — the Raiders are eager to take care of business and remain in the hunt […]

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Loss to Lincoln serves as learning experience

Navarre stumbled for the first time this football season last Thursday. The Raiders didn’t have enough answers for Lincoln in a 35-20 loss at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee. It was the first time in program history that the Raiders have played a district game as a 7A school. And while the scoreboard didn’t shine […]

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Raiders make big plays when it matters in win

Marlon Courtney scrambled around in the pocket looking to turn nothing into something. With defenders closing in, he made a decision. Let the ball fly 35 yards and have all the faith in the world that someone wearing a Navarre uniform would catch it. Tyler England turned out to be that someone. In the end […]

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Raider offensive line brings size and strength to table

Dawson Higginbotham found himself in a backup role last season. He’s expected to be a starter this year for an offensive line that should be one of the biggest in the area. “The atmosphere of playing varsity last year was great,” Higginbotham said. “It was a big step up. It definitely makes you work harder […]

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 […]

Thomas invested in becoming best player possible

Thomas invested in becoming best player possible

Xayvion Thomas’ Twitter feed is filled with posts about the various college camps he’s been attending. They are seemingly nonstop for the past few weeks now. Invested in getting noticed by recruiters, he’s also putting forth the effort to mold himself into the best player he can be for the start of Navarre’s football season. […]

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Beach Bowl remains on Navarre’s football schedule

Navarre and Gulf Breeze typically meet the second to last week of the football season. This fall, the Santa Rosa County rivals are set to battle in week one for the Beach Bowl Trophy. The Raiders have been moved up to 7A while the Dolphins are staying in the 6A classification. Both teams are in […]

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 […]

Wright signs with Rams

Wright signs with Rams

Dante Wright is taking his talents to Colorado State. Arguably the best all-around athlete in program history, Navarre’s senior standout chose the Rams because it’s the best fit for him as a receiver. He signed Wednesday, the first day of the early-signing period. Originally committed to Tulane, Wright reopened his recruitment earlier this month and […]

Raiders are new No. 1 team in playoff power poll

Raiders are new No. 1 team in playoff power poll

Navarre is the new No. 1 team in the Region 1-6A playoff power poll. The Raiders (9-1) have 41.44 points. They jumped into the top spot after rolling past Gulf Breeze in the Beach Bowl Friday to clinch their sixth district championship in program history. Already assured of a top four seed, they close out […]