Turnovers key in playoff win for Raiders

Navarre forced five turnovers in Friday night’s 38-6 win over Pace in the Region 1-6A playoff opener at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.

The top-seeded Raiders nearly forced a couple of other turnovers that could have led to more points on a night that proved to be one of Navarre’s most impressive defensive efforts.

And while “almost” doesn’t give you the ball back, it does force the opponent to think twice when it’s on offense.

“They know when they come out on the field they might turn the ball over,” defensive back Cameron Thomas said. “They started really slowing down in the third quarter, and when they slow down, it’s a lot easier for us.”

Linebacker Josh Carter said there is no question that the fear of turning the ball over is instilled into an opponent on those plays where it manages to recover a fumble or avoids having a pass picked off after it’s tipped into the air.

“I think it gets into their heads,” Carter said. “A lot of times, when somebody makes a mistake, it’s more of a mental battle than a physical battle, and I think that helps us a lot.”

Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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