While uncertainly looms around the start of the fall sports season in high school athletics because of the COVID-19 pandemic, camps carry on.
Several Navarre football players went over to Pensacola last weekend for the EXOS Elite 50 camp. Two of the players, linebacker Bailey Huston and offensive lineman Jeremiah Chavis-Mhoon, earned top performer honors at their respective positions.
These camps give athletes the chance to showcase their skills and allows them to further set the tone for themselves for the upcoming season.
Navarre players have proven at the camps they have attended that the 2020 version of the team is one that is loaded with talent and potential.
The Raiders have standout players at each position, putting the pieces in place for a run at a state championship.
Obviously there has to be a state playoff in place this season for that run to happen. No one knows for sure yet if that will be case. But if it works out where teams can compete for the ultimate goal, the Raiders are among the contenders in 7A.
Navarre’s volleyball team is putting in its share of work over the summer. It has a cast of talented players on its roster this season. That includes more than a handful with varsity experience. That group includes its stat leaders in aces and assists (Sam MacFarland), blocks (Abbey Nebarez) and kills (Lilly Trujillo).
Navarre took a big step forward last season by winning a district tournament game of the first time in a long time. A district title and beyond is what the Raiders have their sights set on this season. Read more about the Raider volleyball team in next week’s Navarre Press.
College Football News
The ACC and SEC announced they will play conference-only schedules this season. It means Nick Brahms and Michael Carter won’t get a chance to be on opposite sidelines in a game. The two former Navarre Raiders were set to be part of a showdown between Auburn and North Carolina in September in Atlanta.
That game won’t happen now. Brahms is a senior offensive lineman for the Tigers and Carter is a senior UNC running back.
Perhaps there is a chance, though, that one day these two players will square off in an NFL game. Both should get drafted in 2021.
Despite the disappointment of no game being played this year, Brahms and Carter have represented the Raiders well at the college level on and off the field.
In the News
Check out the Navarre Press this week for a feature on Navarre running back Jaden Rivera. The rising senior closed the 2019 on a high note. He rushed for more than 400 yards in the final three games. He’s poised to break out with a 1,000-yard season this year.
My column hits on the incompetence of the FHSAA – that’s kind of become a theme the last couple of months. And there is a story on the possibility of teams in Northwest Florida forming their own conference this football season. For more sports coverage, you can subscribe to the paper by clicking here.
On this Date in Sports History
The Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium, on July 31, 1932. They play the game in front of more than 76,000 fans but fall 1-0 to the Philadelphia A’s.
Pete Rose extends his hitting streak to 44 games with a base hit off Phil Niekro in a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 1978.
Jose Canseco hammers a two-run home run off Scott Bankhead in Oakland’s 6-2 win over Seattle on July 31, 1988. Canseco is the first in Major League Baseball history to hit 30 home runs in each of the first three full seasons of his career.
Also, on this date in 1988, the Miami Dolphins beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-21 in the American Bowl in London. The 49ers go on to win the Super Bowl that season.