19 days to the original kickoff of the 2020 HS Football season as Navarre would have been traveling to Gulf Breeze on 21 Aug 20. The season originally was scheduled to start on 27 Jul 20 (practice); but has now been delayed until 24 Aug 20.
19 games ago – Navarre 26, Pine Forest 25 (2018)
Pine Forest…6 6 6 7 – 25
Navarre……3 13 3 7 – 26
The Raiders (5-0) fell behind early as the Eagles Ladarius Clardy hit Eric Young on a 82-yard score just 59 seconds into the game. Navarre would finally get on the board when Dante Wright split the uprights from 29 yards out and the first quarter ended with Pine Forest on top 6-3.
Raiders took their first lead early in the second when Wright found the end zone from 11 yards out. The Eagles would answer back with 3:32 to go in the first half on a Clardy 28-yard run. But, Navarre took back the lead with 1:23 on the clock on a Chris Williams 12-yard run….16-12 Raiders at the half.
In a back and forth game, Clardy scampered in from 28 yards out six minutes into the third to put Pine Forest back in the lead, but the Eagles couldn’t convert on their third straight extra point. Three minutes later, Wright hit his second field goal of the night (30 yards) and the Raiders led after three, 19-18.
With the rain continuing to fall, Pine Forest reclaimed the lead when Anwar Lewis split the Raider defense for a 46-yard touchdown run and the Eagles led 25-19 with 4:25 left. Fear not though, as Navarre got the ball back and moved meticulously down the field getting down to the Eagles 10 yard line with under a minute to play.
The Eagle defense did their job and forced Marlon Courtney III to throw a desperation pass on fourth down into the end zone, an Eagle defender was there for the interception, but the wet ball slipped off his hands into Tyler England’s in the back of the end zone for the win.
Courtney went 15-23 for 204 yards and a score and England had one of his best games in a Raider uniform with five receptions for 84 yards. On the ground, Chris Williams had a big night with 30 carries for 181 yards. Pine Forest’s Clardy completed 7-17 for 161 yards and produced 152 yards on 19 carries.
The Navarre defense had 11 tackles for loss, with Jordan Jefferson leading the way with three. Alex Gilchrist, Peyton Law and Xayvion Thomas each added a sack.
Raiders who wore #19:
LB Teddy Harrell – Class of 2016 – serving in U.S. Army
Current Raider wearing #19:
RB T. J. Peltier – Class of 2021
19 – points scored in a game – Choctaw (Week 5 – 2000)
19 – rushing touchdowns in a career – Frank Willis (1999-2001)
19 – touchdown passes in a career – Dusty Jones (2009-11)
19 – rushing touchdowns in a season – Jay Warren (2010)
19 – points scored in a game – Pace (Week 3 – 2012)
19 – points scored in a game – Milton (Week 5 – 2013)
19 – tackles for loss in a season – Anthony Miller (2014)
19 – sacks in a career – Grady Kelly (2018-present) – 2nd all-time
Navarre is 13-6 in their last 19 games and is tied in the series against Pine Forest, 4-4.