Navarre High – Setting the Standard

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the Freshman Class at Navarre High started attending their school for the very first time…this was 1996. Each year as the school began to blossom they added a new class until the 1999-2000 school year….this would be their first graduating class.
 
The football program continued to grow and with the 1998-99 school year, they put their first varsity football team on the field of play; consisting of Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen.
 
Coach Kenny Hughes was their first head football coach; he would only coach the 1998 season. Danny Williams would follow for the next three seasons after that. They were building the foundation for what today is considered a consistent and outstanding program.
 
Coach Larry Olson would come in for the 2002 season and in is fifth year would get the Raiders to the State Playoffs for the very first time in 2006 and then again in 2007. The Raider program had now arrived.
 
He was replaced by Coach Chad Lashley in 2008. The first two seasons were rough, but in year three, Coach Lashley gave the Raider program and their faithful their first taste of success in the Playoffs with wins over Niceville and Pine Forest, before bowing out to Tallahassee Lincoln in the Region Finals in a thrilling triple overtime loss.
 
Coach Lashley would coach one more season in 2011, before the program decided to go a new direction…Coach Jay Walls in 2012. Coach Walls went onto establish records at Navarre that had never been approached prior. A 12-win season in his first year, a Region Title and the Raiders first trip to the FHSAA State Final Four. He did it again in 2016.
 
Coach Walls moved on after the 2023 season to Bainbridge HS in Georgia. The results speak for themself….12 years, 102-33 overall record, 2 Region titles, 2 State Final Fours and 7 District titles.
With his departure, the program decided to hire within…Coach Garrett Bagley. Coach Bagley was an assistant coach for over 15 years at Navarre and had attained 7 State Titles as a head coach in Weightlifting (6 for the girls and 1 for the boys).
 
The first thing coaches will tell you, you have to have the talent on the field to be a successful program. The Raiders have had just that. Starting with QB Scott Couch (South Carolina), RB Frank Willis (AF Academy/Savannah State), OL John Simmons and OL Brandon Warren in the first few seasons. The talent level just continued to grow.
 
On to players like QB Austin Grimm, WR Chris Weaver, LB Joey Torres (Track & Field at South Alabama) & DB Mike Hagewood (Cumberlands). The program was getting healthy.
 
There has been so many talented players that have come through the Raider program over the last 26 years to where we have had three players reach the NFL ranks (Jordan Leggett, Michael Carter and Jordan Jefferson) and three players that have won National Titles in College Football (Sterling Lovelady, Jordan Leggett and Quentin Randolph).
 
The standard has been set high at Navarre!

Please go to the “Where are they now” section of my website to see where our Navarre Alum are currently playing today.

31 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Michael Porter
Sean Palmertree
Jason Graves
Asst Coach Brandon Lawson
Stefan Tipton
Colton McDonald
Jacob Fitchett
Will Kane
Sebastian Melendez

31 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

31 games ago – Milton 18, Navarre 13 (2021)

After 10 straight wins against the Panthers, the Raiders drop one on the road.

Navarre…0 0 0 13 – 13
Milton…6 6 0 6 – 18

Stars of the Game
Offense – Kyle Chambers – 8-17, 54 yards, TD, 48 yards rushing, TD
Defense – Devin Wright – 12 tackles, sack, QBH,  TFL; Christian Caballero – 11 tackles, TFL

31st win in school history – Navarre 21, Catholic 7 (2005)

Navarre won for the third straight week to start the season, outscoring their opponents 61-19.

Raiders that have worn #31
DB Michael Porter – Class of 2001
Sean Palmertree – Class of 2003
DB Jason Graves – Class of 2004
LB Brandon Lawson – Class of 2006 – Asst Coach at Navarre
LB Stefan Tipton – Class of 2007
LB/DB Colton McDonald – Class of 2011
DB Jacob Fitchett – Class of 2013
LB Will Kane – Class of 2016
PK Zach Gonzalez – Class of 2017
LB Sebastian Melendez – Class of 2022
DB Gabe Alonzo – Class of 2026

Statistics that involve #31
31 – assisted tackles in a career – Chris Wells (1999-2001)
31 – assisted tackles in a career – Michael Arnold (2009-10)
31 – solo tackles in a season – Damontell Thompson (2013)
31 – tackle points in a season – Jay Klosinski (2014 & 2015)
31 – assisted tackles in a career – Lee Jones (2015-16)
31 – tackles for loss in a season – Joshua Carter (2016) – School Record
31 – solo tackles in a season – Caleb Dale (2016)
31 – tackle points in a season – Alex Gilchrist (2017)
31 – assisted tackles in a career – Cameron Thomas (2017-18)
31 – assisted tackles in a season – Devin Wright (2020)
31 – tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Dom Cunningham (2022)

Navarre is 20-11 in their last 31 games.

32 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Bobby Nelson
Spencer Clark
Joey Torres
Shane McMaster
Nathan McMaster
Michael Moffo
Brennen Payton

32 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

32 games ago – Navarre 28, Fort Walton Beach 6 (2021)

FWB…0 6 0 0 – 6
Navarre…0 7 14 7 – 28

Stars of the Game
Offense – Chris Decorte – 13 carries, 104 yards; Derek Percivalle – 5 receptions, 84 yards
Defense – Devin Wright – 13 tackles; Christian Caballero – 10 tackles, sack, 2 CF
Special Teams – Terence Marshall – 97-yard KO return, TD

32nd win in school history – Navarre 33, Holmes County 12 (2005)

The Raiders improved to 4-1, which tied their best start up to that point in school history. Unfortunately, this would be the last win of the season as they dropped their last five games.

Raiders that have worn #32
Bobby Nelson – Class of 2000
FB/LB Spencer Clark – Class of 2004
LB Joey Torres – Class of 2008 – track & field at University of South Alabama
LB Shane McMaster – Class of 2011
LB Nathan McMaster – Class of 2016
LB Michael Moffo – Class of 2018
LB Brennen Payton – Class of 2020

Statistics that involve #32
32 – passing TDs in a career – Matthew Webb (2012-14) – 3rd All-time
32 – solo tackles in a season – Everette Alford (2014)
32 – tackles for loss in a career – Anthony Miller (2014-15) – 3rd All-Time
32 – solo tackles in a career – Jay Klosinski (2014-15)
32 – tackle points in a season – Tyler Morton (2015)
32 – assisted tackles in a season – Marc Struck (2016)
32.5 – tackle points in a season – Cameron Thomas (2018)
32 – points scored in a season – Marlon Courtney III (2018)
32 – solo tackles in a season – Jeffery Mattox (2019)
32 – assisted tackles in a season – Bailey Huston (2019)
32 – assisted tackles in a career – Mekhi Domino (2019-20)
32 – solo tackles in a season – EZ Gaska (2023)
32 – assisted tackles in a season – Andre Spence (2023)
32.5 – tackle points in a season – Braxton Barr (2023)

Navarre is 20-12 in their last 32 games.

33 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Steve Floyd
Steve Audet
Charlie Slack
Trey Chandler
David Docarmo
Marcus Mays

33 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

33 games ago – Navarre 30, Crestview 13 (2020)

Navarre…14 7 6 3 – 30
Crestview…0 7 0 6 – 13

Stars of the Game
Offense – Zach Marquis – 8-17, 116 yards, TD; Jaden Rivera – 20 carries, 128 yards, 2 TDs; Trenton Hall – 2 TD receptions
Defense – Devin Wright – 10 tackles; Grady Kelly – 4 sacks, 4 TFL, CF
Special Teams – Preston Penton – 3-3 XPs, 1-1 FGs (42)

33rd win in school history – Navarre 45, West Florida 0 (2006)

West Florida…0 0 0 0 – 0
Navarre…7 21 10 7 – 45

Stars of the Game
Offense – Austin Grimm – 6-10, 104 yards, TD; Derek Nelson – 116 yards rushing, TD; Tremain Barnes – 103 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 53 yards receiving
Defense – shut out their first of three opponents on the season
Special Teams – Aaron Brummett – 6-6 XPs, 1-1 FGs

Raiders that have worn #33
Steve Floyd – Class of 2000 – first graduating class
David Audet – Class of 2003
RB Charlie Slack – Class of 2004
RB Tyler Tiwary – Class of 2006
DB Antonio Neris – Class of 2009
WR/Holder Trey Chandler – Class of 2011
PK David Docarmo – Class of 2012
DB/RB Marcus Mays – Class of 2014

Statistics that involve #33
33 – carries in a game – Hasaan Williams (2015)
33 – solo tackles in a season – Bo Hering (2015)
33 – solo tackles in a season – Xavier Fernandez (2015)
33 – tackles for loss in a career – Jordan Jefferson (2016-18)
33 – tackle points in a season – Sebastian Melendez (2019)
33 – tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Jaden Jones (2020)

Navarre is 21-12 in their last 33 games.

34 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Frank Willis
Justin Guillmette
Tremain Barnes
Christopher Anderson
Charlie Alevras
Evan Makin

34 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

34 games ago – Navarre 42, Enterprise AL 28 (2020)

Raiders improved to 5-0 on the season as they knocked off Enterprise in their first and only meeting.

Enterprise…7 7 0 14 – 28
Navarre…14 7 6 15 – 42

Stars of the Game
Offense – Jaden Rivera – 26 carries, 151 yards, 2 TDs; AJ Arno – 5 receptions, 99 yards, TD
Defense – Devin Wright – 18 tackles, QBH; Joshua Erlemann – 10 tackles, interception, TFL; Sebastian Melendez – 10 tackles

34th win in school history – Navarre 14, University Christian 0 (2006)

University Christian…0 0 0 0 – 0
Navarre…0 0 7 7 – 14

Stars of the Game
Offense –
Austin Grimm – 11-20, 189 yards, TD, 44 yards rushing; Derek Nelson – 18 carries, 126 yards; Donte’ Rome – 4 receptions, 99 yards, TD
Defense –
produced their second straight shutout to start the season

Raiders that have worn #34
RB Frank Willis – Class of 2002
      – played one year of football & boxed at the U.S. AF Academy
      – played golf at Savannah State two year
      – currently a Lt Cmdr in the U.S. Navy
DE Justin Guillmette – Class of 2005
WR/DB Tremain Barnes – Class of 2007
DE Christopher Anderson – Class of 2011
DL Charlie Alevras – Class of 2017 – U.S. Air Force
WR Evan Makin – Class of 2021 – played one year at Muskingum University (MI)
WR/DB Jordan Garner – Class of 2026

Statistics that involve #34
34 – assisted tackles in a career – Justin Wilson (2002-04)
34 – assisted tackles in a career – Michael Hagewood (2005-06)
34 – assisted tackles in a season – Kody Kelly (2012)
34 – solo tackles in a career – Kyle Arrasmith (2013-14)
34 – assisted tackles in a career – Kyle Arrasmith (2013-14)
34 – solo tackles in a season – Cameron Thomas (2017)
34 – passing touchdowns in a career – Marlon Courtney III (2018-19) – 2nd all-time
34 – solo tackles in a season – Devin Wright (2019)
34 – solo tackles in a season – Devin Wright (2020)
34.5 – tackle points in a season – Sebastian Melendez (2021)
34.5 – tackle points in a season – Maurice Nedd (2021)
34 – solo tackles in a season – Derek Percivalle (2021)

Navarre is 22-12 in their last 34 games.

35 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Andre Mahone
Ryan Stewart
Dwayne Carter
TJ Woodberry
Chris Kelly
Garren Harper
Marcus Fedorkowicz
Mason Baker

35 days (5 weeks) to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

35 games ago – Navarre 16, Andalusia AL 14 (2020)

First and only meeting against Andalusia.

Andalusia…0 0 7 7 – 14
Navarre…7 3 0 6 – 16

Stars of the Game
Offense
– Zach Marquis – 10-16, 98 yards; Jaden Rivera – 13 carries, 70 yards, TD; Trenton Hall – 5 receptions, 67 yards, TD
Defense – Devin Wright – 13 tackles, sack, TFL; Mekhi Domino – 13 tackles, QBH, 2 fumble recoveries
Special Teams – Preston Penton – 47-yard FG (school record)

35th win in school history – Navarre 49, Holmes County 7 (2006)

Stars of the Game
Offense – Austin Grimm – 14-16, 203 yards, 5 TDs, 44 yards rushing; Chris Weaver – 4 receptions, 70 yards, 2 TDs; Donte’ Rome – 3 receptions, 44 yards, 2 TDs

Raiders that have worn #35
RB/DE Andre Mahone – Class of 2003
DB Chris Sutter – Class of 2006
DL Ryan Stewart – Class of 2007
RB Dwayne Carter – Class of 2012 – played at Independence CC (KS) & Harding University (AR) – asst coach at Pine Forest
RB/WR TJ Woodberry – Class of 2015
DB Chris Kelly – Class of 2016
TE Garren Harper – Class of 2018
DB Marcus Fedorkowicz – Class of 2021
LB Mason Baker – Class of 2025 – will not play Senior season due to an injury
LB Slade Kleiner – Class of 2025

Statistics that involve #35
35 – assisted tackles in a career – Kris Metcalf (2000-02)
35 – assisted tackles in a career -Justin Guilmette (2002-04)
35 – assisted tackles in a career – Demetrius Brown (2010-11)
35 – passing attempts in a game – Dusty Jones (2011)
35 – assisted tackles in a season – Damontell Thompson (2012)
35 – assisted tackles in a career – Michael Sandle (2013-15)
35 – receptions in a season – Dante Wright (2016)
35 – solo tackles in a career – Mitchell Hunt (2016-18)
35 – assisted tackles in a season – Josh Carter (2017)
35 – solo tackles in a season – Matthew Downey (2018)
35 – passing attempts in a game – Marlon Courtney III (2018)
35 – tackles for loss in a career – Grady Kelly (2018-20)
35 – passing attempts in a game – Hunter Pfeister (2021)

Navarre has scored 35 points in a game on 14 different occasions.

Navarre is 23-12 in their last 35 games.

36 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Andrew Chepult
Countdown to Kickoff
Isaiah Mitchell

36 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

36 games ago – Navarre 50, Choctaw 21 (2020)

Zach Marquis only completed three passes on the night, but they all resulted in touchdowns as the Raiders pulled away from the Indians in the second quarter.

Choctaw…7 0 7 7 – 21
Navarre…14 22 7 7 – 50

Stars of the Game
Offense – Jaden Rivera – 13 carries, 169 yards, TD; Trenton Hall – 4 receptions, 88 yards, 2 TDs
Defense – Grady Kelly – 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFL; Deuce Nedd – 7 tackles, TFL

36th win in school history – Navarre 14, Fort Walton Beach 0 (2006)

The Raiders defense pitched their third shutout of the season.

Raiders that have worn #36
LB Andrew Chepult – Class of 2015
RB Isaiah Mitchell – Class of 2018
LB Colin Starr – Class of 2024

Statistics that involve #36
36 – assisted tackles in a career – Rocky Brock (1999-2000)
36 – assisted tackles in a career – Victor Byers (2009-10)
36 – receptions in a season – Brad Leggett (2010)
36 – points scored in a game – Dwayne Carter (2011) – 2nd most in school history
36 – receptions in a season – Gatlin Casey (2013)
36 – points scored in a season – Aaron Mitchell (2015
36 – points scored in a season – Jordan Williams (2016)
36 – points scored in a season – Tyler England (2018 & 19)
36 – points scored in a season – Jaydin Antonio (2018 & 19)
36 – assisted tackles in a career – Xayvion Thomas (2018-19)
36 – total tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Grady Kelly (2020)
36 – tackle points in a season – Sebastian Melendez (2020)
36.5 – tackle points in a season – Trey Bragg (2022)

Navarre is 24-12 in their last 36 games.

37 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Countdown to Kickoff
Isaac Vega

37 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

37 games ago – Navarre 35, Gulf Breeze 21 (2020)

Raiders move to 2-0 on the shortened season.

Navarre…7 14 7 7 – 35
Gulf Breeze…7 7 7 0 – 21

Stars of the Game
Offense – Jaden Rivera – 24 carries, 124 yards, 3 TDs
Defense – Grady Kelly – 9 tackles, 5 QBH
Special Teams – Preston Penton – 5/5 XPs, touchback

37th win in school history – Navarre 21, Choctaw 14 (2006)

The Raiders (5-2) went on the road and took down the Indians for their third straight win. With this victory they tied the record for most wins in a season (2001 & 2003) in the short history of Navarre.

Raiders that have worn #37
DB Isaac Vega – Class of 2019
DB Ryder Longo – Class of 2026

Statistics that involve #37
37 – pass attempts in a game – Dusty Jones (2011) – 2nd all-time
37 – assisted tackles in a season – Nick Gill (2013)
37 – assisted tackles in a season – Alex Todd (2013)
37 – pass attempts in a game – Matthew Webb (2014) – 2nd all-time
37 – tackles (solo/assists) in season – Jay Klosinski (2015)
37 – receptions in a season – Michael Carter (2016)
37 – assisted tackles in a season – Joshua Carter (2018)
37 – receptions in a season – Quinn Caballero (2018)
37 – tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Sebastian Melendez (2019)
37 – assisted tackles in a career – Bailey Huston (2019-20)
37 – tackle points in a season – Kiohne Moso (2022)
37 – tackles (solo/assists) in a season – CJ Hill (2022
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37 – tackle points in a season – Tyrell Marshall (2023)

Navarre is 25-12 in their last 37 games.

38 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Chris Wells
Rich Dalphone
Will Bush
Jonathon Shaw
Jason Rangel
Jared Elliott
Evan Taylor

38 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

38 games ago – Navarre 17, Pace 7 (2020)

The 2020 season was started late due to COVID-19 and the remnants of Hurricane Sally.

Navarre…3 7 0 7 – 17
Pace…0 7 0 0 – 7

Stars of the Game
Offense – Jaden Rivera – 24 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs
Defense – Devin Wright – 10 tackles; Grady Kelly – 6 tackles, 2 TFL, 5 QBH, CF; Jaden Jones – 2 interceptions

38th win in school history – Navarre 17, Florida High 6 (2006)

Navarre ran off their fourth straight win after starting the season at 2-2.

Florida High…0 6 0 0 – 6
Navarre…7 3 0 7 – 17

Raiders that have worn #38
DB Chris Wells – Class of 2002
LB Rich Dalphone – Class of 2007
LB Will Bush – Class of 2010
LB Jonathon Shaw – Class of 2013
WR Jason Rangel – Class of 2015
DB Jared Elliott – Class of 2018
LB Evan Taylor – Class of 2025

Statistics that involve #38
38 – assisted tackles in a career – J.R. Milioti (2004-05)
38 – assisted tackles in a career – Nick Benton (2010-12)
38 – solo tackles in a season – Howie Walker (2013)
38 – assisted tackles in a season – Christian Gill (2013)
38 – solo tackles in a career – Jay Klosinski (2014-15)
38 – assisted tackles in a season – Aaron Mitchell (2016)
38 – assisted tackles in a season – Cade Taylor (2017)
38 – assisted tackles in a career – Grady Kelly (2018-20)
38 – tackle points in a season – Connor Eastwood (2019)
38 – solo tackles in a career – Mekhi Domino (2019-20)
38 – tackles (solo/assisted) in a season – Isaac Cole (2022)

Navarre is 26-12 in their last 38 games.

39 Days to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders

Countdown to Kickoff
Elijah Sylvester

39 days to kickoff of the 2024 Florida High School football season as the Navarre Raiders will travel to take on Catholic on 23 Aug 2024.

39 games ago – Navarre 52, Crestview 14 (2019)

This was the first game that I was unavailable to broadcast, and boy did I miss a good one. Two school records were broken on the night. The Raiders played for a chance to get into the State Playoffs, unfortunately they were kept out…even with the lopsided victory!

Crestview…14 0 0 0 – 14
Navarre…21 24 7 0 – 52

Stars of the Game
Offense – Marlon Courtney III – 9-13, 221 yards, 6 TDs (school record); Tyler England – 5 receptions, 129 yards, 4 TDs (school record); AJ Arno – 2 receptions, 72 yards, TD
Defense – Jeffery Mattox – 10 tackles, sack, TFL; Tyler England – 5 tackles, 3 interceptions
Special Teams – Preston Penton – 7-7 XPs, 1-1 FGs (39)

39th win in school history – Navarre 21, Crestview 7 (2006)

The Raiders (7-2) won their fifth straight game and recorded their seventh win of the season; both are school records at this time in Navarre history.  With the win, this catapulted the Raiders into their first ever State Playoff appearance.

Raiders that have worn #39
DB Elijah Sylvester – Class of 2018
LB Elijah Thompson – Class of 2024
LB/RB Nickky Manato – Class of 2026

Statistics that involve #39
39 – assisted tackles in a season – Thomas Leggett (2014)
39 – solo tackles in a season – Dylan Main (2014)
39 – total tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Kyle Arrasmith (2014)
39 – assisted tackles in a career – Tyler Morton (2014-15)
39 – points scored in a season – Octavien Moyer (2015)
39 – assisted tackles in a career – Mitchell Hunt (2016-18)
39 – receptions in a season – Dante Wright (2017)
39 – total tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Xayvion Thomas (2019)
39 – total tackle points in a season – Derek Percivalle (2021)
39 – total tackles (solo/assists) in a season – Chase Marsh (2022)

Navarre is 27-12 in their last 39 games.