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Raiders ready for rematch with Bulldogs

Raiders ready for rematch with Bulldogs

A chip is on the shoulder of Navarre, a chip built from the talk on the Crestview side of how the Raiders were lucky to beat the Bulldogs in September. Down 28 points at halftime, Navarre defied the odds and dominated the second half in a thrilling 41-35 overtime win. Senior defensive lineman Mitchell Hunt […]

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Raiders click on all cylinders in win over Eagles

Defeating Niceville on the road is special. The Navarre Raiders did it in convincing fashion Friday night, hammering the Eagles 38-13 on a cold November evening at Eagle Stadium. Navarre ends the regular season at 9-1 and is poised to earn  the right to host the first three rounds of the Region 1-6A playoffs as […]

Top seed in region potentially on line for Navarre Friday

Top seed in region potentially on line for Navarre Friday

Before Navarre begins its quest for a state championship, the Raiders must first focus on their regular-season finale against Niceville. The Raiders (8-1) and Eagles (7-2) square off Friday night in Niceville at 7 p.m. Both teams are postseason bound and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs is potentially on the line for […]

Quick rise to prominence not a surprise to Argonauts

Quick rise to prominence not a surprise to Argonauts

Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph showed some of his new University of West Florida teammates film from 2015 when the team only practiced and held scrimmages. That was the season before the Argonauts’ inaugural campaign. The program has come a long way. Two years into playing games that count, the Argos spent the night before Thanksgiving at […]

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

Raiders survive playoff thriller against Eagles

 Sometimes you need to rely on an X-Factor to get the W in the playoffs. So there was Garren Harper Friday night, the unexpected hero in fourth-seeded Navarre’s opening round game against fifth-seeded Niceville. He was wide open as the ball came spiraling towards him. He made […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Raiders among top eight in first FHSAA power ratings poll

Navarre is ranked fourth in the first Florida High School Athletic Association regional power rankings of the season and would be in the postseason if it began today. St. Augustine, Crestview and Niceville are the top three teams in the poll, which will be released each Tuesday from now until the end of the season. […]

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 […]

High school football playoff format will have new look in 2017

High school football playoff format will have new look in 2017

Changes are coming to the football playoff system in Florida next year. In a 14-2 vote Monday, the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted to approve a new playoff format for the 2017 season. District play will be eliminated in Classes 1A-4A. In 5A-8A, district play will remain intact but only the […]

Blue Wahoos go from worst to first

Blue Wahoos go from worst to first

Jesse Winker remembers the difficult nights of April, May and June, the nights where something was usually wrong instead of right for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He also remembers his personal struggles when, too often, the balls he hit found the glove of a fielder rather than the green grass of the outfield. Baseball is […]