The view from the press box

One week from tonight it’s game time.

Navarre kicks off its 2020 football season next Friday night against Milton under the lights at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

The Raiders are coming off a 6-4 campaign. With talent and experience on their side, they hope to make a run at a state championship in 2020.

The other sports get rolling next week as well. That includes a Raider volleyball team stacked with talent, including seven seniors with varsity experience.

Cross-country, golf and swimming also have high hopes. That said, the wait for high school sports comes to an end despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Things will look different on game day. Masks will be required. Capacities will be capped in stadiums and gyms. No fans are allowed inside the fence at home meets for Navarre’s swim team. In cross-country, only coaches are allowed to stand near the start and finish lines.

Still, the fact that high school sports are taking place is a familiar and welcomed look.

No word has been given yet on which teams at Navarre will opt in or opt out of the postseason, but it seems to be a safe bet that the football and volleyball teams are planning to be a part of the state series.

The jury is still out on swimming, cross-country and golf, but decisions will be made within the next week. The deadline to decide is Sept. 18.

Game Time

Two of Navarre’s own will be on the football field this Saturday. Michael Carter and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels take on Syracuse in their season opener.

Carter rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2019 and accumulated more than 1,600 all-purpose yards. The all-time leading rusher for Navarre is on both the Doak Walker and Paul Hornung Award Watch Lists.

Over in the Lone Star State, Tommy Leggett gets his senior season rolling with Texas Tech. It plays host to Houston Baptist. Leggett is a captain for the Red Raiders and plays at safety and on special teams. Leggett finished seventh on the team in tackles with 42.

Tommy Leggett

In the News

Looking for something to read? Check out the Navarre Press. Raider volleyball, Josh Carter and Lighthouse football highlight this week’s sports section. Be sure to grab your copy or subscribe here.

On this day in Sports History

Joe DiMaggio becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a game at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. on Sept. 10, 1950.

Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the United States wins its fifth gold medal in basketball. Lucas and Team USA win 90-63 over Brazil at the Olympics in Rome on Sept. 10, 1960.

Muhammad Ali knocks out Karl Mildenberger in 12 rounds for the heavyweight title on Sept. 10, 1966.

And on Sept. 10, 1989, Deion Sanders returns a punt 68 yards for a touchdown just five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a win over the Mariners.

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