The view from the press box

Social media is always good for a funny comment or two. Often more. 

I may have seen the other day that takes the cake in the wake of Navarre announcing it had to cancel its football game against Niceville because of COVID-19 concerns.

Someone said Navarre was just afraid to play the Eagles, who have dominated their first four games of the season, enjoying a running clock on each opponent.

I’ve covered the Raiders for six seasons now, and there has never been an instance where that team team has been afraid to play an opponent. Navarre lives for the big moments, which is what the showdown against Niceville would have been on Friday night at Eagles Stadium.

But Thursday night the news had broken that the game was off. A player tested positive on the team, and due to other players being exposed, the school made the call to cancel the game. 

Had the Raiders played, they would have been down eight starters, and that’s not the situation you want to be in for the marquee matchup of the year up to this point.

You might not be happy with the decision that was made but you have to live with it. The football program had to do what was best for the health and safety of its student-athletes. 

As Raider head coach Jay Walls has told me from the beginning of this season like no other, the health of the players is the most important thing.

I know there was some chatter on social media that questioned the way Navarre has handled everything, but the Raiders are always going to do the right thing for their players.

That might mean the season goes on pause temporarily, but if all goes well, it will return this coming Friday when the Raiders play host to Fort Walton Beach.

As one player told me, you just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens. And that’s all any of us can do. We want the season to continue but we also know it has to continue with the football program always doing what is in the best interest of the players.

Carolina Carter

Michael Carter is coming off an impressive performance against Virginia Tech, rushing for more than 200 yards and two scores to help the University of North Carolina earn a 56-45 win. Carter was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.

He’ll look to build off that performance tonight in prime time (7:30 p.m.) as the Tar Heels head to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. UNC is ranked fifth in the nation and looking for its first win over the Seminoles in 2016.

College Offers

Navarre’s Jebari Mitchell currently has three offers, including one from Huntingdon College. Meanwhile, Lucas Marvel has landed an offer from Valley State Academy.

In the News

There is plenty to read about in the Oct. 15 issue of the Navarre Press. The Raider football team defeated Choctaw last week while the Raider volleyball team capped its regular season with a thrilling win over Fort Walton Beach. I also have a story on  the boys golf team and the challenges it has faced this year.  To subscribe to the Navarre Press, click here.

On This Day in Sports History

Robin Yount becomes the first player in Major League history to have two four-hit games in the World Series on Oct. 17, 1982.

On Oct. 17, 1989, an earthquake in San Francisco cancels Game 3 of the  World Series between the Giants and Oakland A’s. 

The first World Series featuring a team outside the United States takes place on Oct. 17, 1992. The Toronto Blue Jays lose 3-1 to the Atlanta Braves in that game but go on to win the title.

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