Omari Green

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Shining a marvelous light on mental health

Somewhere above in the clear, sunlit blue sky, DJ Deas was looking down on the Marvelous Light Foundation 5K held in his honor on a picture-perfect Saturday morning in Navarre. He was more than likely flashing the infectious smile that brightened the day of so many in his 16 years on Earth, seeing the large […]

Remarkable Finish! Raiders take second at state

Remarkable Finish! Raiders take second at state

From one of the worst to nearly first. Navarre’s boys weightlifting team capped an historic season Saturday with sensational finish at the 2A state meet Saturday in Panama City, taking second with 14 points, half that total coming from Josh Carter, who won a state title in the 219-pound weight class. Spruce Creek won the […]

All-Star spots awarded to five Raiders

All-Star spots awarded to five Raiders

Five players from Navarre have earned spots on the East squad for the 2017 Subway All-Star Football Game. The game between the East and the West will be played Dec. 15 at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Quarterback Sage Chambers, offensive lineman Darrell Hixon, running back Omari Green, wide receiver/strong safety […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Navarre aims to bounce back this week

Navarre aims to bounce back this week

Navarre is ready to move forward. After a 27-point lead slipped away in a 35-27 loss to Escambia Friday night, the Raiders will look to get back on track Friday night when it takes on Milton in a District 2-6A game at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders are 5-1 overall, 1-0 in the district and ranked […]

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 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 gear up for road test against Bulldogs

Raiders gear up for road test against Bulldogs

A showdown is set for Friday night. Navarre and Crestview will square off at Jack Foster Stadium in a battle between two teams that made the postseason a year ago. It’s the first meeting between the two teams since 2014 when the Raiders rolled to a 21-0 win. The Raiders are 2-0 and ranked seventh […]

Raiders rise in latest AP football poll

Raiders rise in latest AP football poll

Navarre keeps climbing up the poll. The Raiders jump one spot to seventh in this week’s Associated Press 6A football poll. Navarre pushed its record to 2-0 this past Friday, knocking off Washington 27-12 in Pensacola. It was the 13th consecutive road win for the Raiders, who have also won 23 of their last 24 […]

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 […]

Raiders set to hit the road for game against Wildcats

Raiders set to hit the road for game against Wildcats

Navarre’s football team hits the road for the first time this season when it travels to Washington Friday night for a 7 p.m. game. The Raiders enter the showdown riding the high of a 56-35 win over Pensacola Catholic in their season opener. Navarre is ranked eighth in the state in 6A and its win […]

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 […]

Navarre kicks off season against Catholic

Navarre kicks off season against Catholic

It’s time for football. The Navarre Raiders begin what they hope is a long season when they kick off their 2017 campaign against Pensacola Catholic tonight at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Navarre was 12-2 a year ago and reached the state semifinals for the second time in program […]

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 […]

Navarre fourth at regional weightlifting meet

Navarre fourth at regional weightlifting meet

Eleven Navarre boys weightlifters placed in the top six at the 2A Regional meet Monday afternoon at Fort Walton Beach High School. A total of 16 lifters competed at the 12-team meet for the Raiders, who finished fourth overall as a team with 32 points. Two-time state champion Choctaw won the meet with 75 points. […]

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 […]