Dante Wright made school history Friday night.
The senior wide receiver became the first at Navarre to get to 2,000 receiving yards. Along the way he helped the Raiders dominate Milton 49-12 in a District 2-6A game at Bennett C. Russell Stadium.
A class act and leader on and off the field, the Tulane commit entered this mild autumn night 10 yards away from the mark. He was nearly at a loss for words talking about the achievement.
“It’s a really good accomplishment for Navarre High School, and it’s just…I don’t know. I’m really proud of my teammates and proud of myself.”
Wright achieved something that not even current New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett did while playing for the Raiders.
He had more than 100 yards by halftime and caught a 77-yard scoring strike from Marlon Courtney in the second quarter that extended Navarre’s lead to 21-6. He now has 52 touchdowns in his career.
“I was waiting on the ball for a minute because it was in the air for a long time,” Wright said. It finally came down, and I caught it and kept running.”
The Raiders (7-1, 2-0) led 28-12 at halftime and used a balanced attack to bounce back from last week’s road loss to Escambia.
Chris Williams scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a score to open the second half.
Josh Carter pushed his way into the end zone for a score and Courtney ran for a touchdown as well. Jaydin Antonio also scored a rushing touchdown as the Raiders sent the Panthers (2-5) stumbling to their third consecutive loss.
“We did well on the line of scrimmage,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “They got some pressure on us in the passing game, but we were able to be balanced. We had success running the ball and with big plays throwing the ball.”
The defense dominated. It allowed one big passing play 22 seconds into the game that left Navarre down 6-0 but pitched a shutout in the second half.
Inside the locker room after the game, cheers boomed throughout it. As great of a win as this was, though, there is still work to do.
A showdown with rival Gulf Breeze (7-1, 2-0) for the district championship awaits in two weeks.
Navarre will host the Beach Bowl. An automatic playoff berth as well as a sixth district title in program history will be on the line.
“I thought we played a really good game. We put ourselves in a situation where we are playing for a district championship,” Walls said. “I’m proud of our kids.”