Sage Chambers

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 […]

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Athletic injuries present mental as well as physical challenges

Sage Chambers was in one of his first practices as a college quarterback at Huntingdon. As he prepared to throw, something went wrong. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. […]

Six Raiders taking their athletic talents to college level

Six Raiders taking their athletic talents to college level

Six Navarre athletes signed national letters of intent Monday. Sage Chambers, Sam Register, Darrell Hixon and Garrett Schluter are all taking their talents to Huntingdon, an NCAA Division III school in Montgomery, AL. Cade Taylor and Andre Smith also signed letters. Taylor is going to play baseball for Southwest Tennessee Community College and Smith will […]

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 […]

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Playoff run comes to a painful end for Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls stood in front of his team late Friday night, the pain of a 52-21 playoff loss to St. Augustine still fresh, the reality of the season coming to a close just beginning to sink in on a chilly evening on the East Coast of Florida. Some of the players were […]

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 […]

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Playoff Notebook: Postseason brings out the best in style among Raiders

Navarre head coach Jay Walls was asked an important question after the Raiders survived a 49-47 shootout against Niceville Friday night in a 6A playoff opener. Someone wanted to know what he thought of Dante Wright’s hair. The junior wide receiver/defensive back left hair near the front of his head but shaved the top and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Raiders close out regular season against Niceville

Friday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium, Navarre’s football team will close out its regular season against Niceville in a 7:30 p.m. showdown. Ranked 10th in the state and 7-1 on the season, the Raiders will be looking to take down the Eagles for the third consecutive year and take a ton of momentum into […]

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 […]

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. […]

Back in business: Navarre rolls past Milton

Back in business: Navarre rolls past Milton

Sage Chambers forgot his jersey for the trip to Milton. What he didn’t forget was how to play quarterback. Behind a gutsy effort from the offensive line, the senior threw for more than 200 yards and hit Dante Wright on a pair of touchdown passes to catapult the Raiders to a 28-7 District 2-6A win over […]

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 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 […]

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 impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

Raiders impressive in Kickoff Classic against Chiles

It took only 23 seconds for the Navarre Raiders to put the firepower of their offense on display in the Kickoff Classic against Chiles Thursday night at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Sage Chambers connected with Dante Wright on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Raiders in front 7-0 and the two would hook up […]

Sage Chambers overcomes injuries to set stage for big senior year

Sage Chambers overcomes injuries to set stage for big senior year

Sage Chambers didn’t get an opportunity to play a full season of football a year ago. He broke his clavicle in week three and then returned in week 10 before getting injured again in the opening round of a postseason run that ended with Navarre making it to the 6A state semifinals. It wasn’t an […]

Raiders cap off spring football with win over Patriots

Raiders cap off spring football with win over Patriots

Dante Wright scored three touchdowns and the defense tightened up after allowing an early touchdown as Navarre rolled to a 21-7 win over Pace in its spring game Friday night in Pace. The varsity was on the field for the final two quarters after the junior varsity teams played in the first half. Using a […]

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 […]

Chambers, Adamson counting on game experience to fuel success

Chambers, Adamson counting on game experience to fuel success

Sage Chambers and Caine Adamson bring something to the table this year that neither had a year ago, and that is a wealth of game experience. Chambers had never taken a varsity snap prior to the 2015 campaign and Adamson had played in just seven games in 2014, attempting only 10 passes. Both Navarre quarterbacks […]

Chambers builds off last season’s success

Chambers builds off last season’s success

Sage Chambers remembers the difficult night in November, the night where so much didn’t go right for the Navarre Raiders at Bennett C. Russell Stadium in an agonizing 23-22 double overtime loss to Tate in the opening round of the playoffs. Chambers, under pressure often, completed just seven of his 11 pass attempts, the last […]