Countdown to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders – 109 days

109 days to kickoff of the 2020 High School Football season for the Navarre Raiders as they will travel to Gulf Breeze on 21 Aug 2020.

109 games ago – Lincoln 34, Navarre 33 (3OT) – Region 1-4A Final (2010)

Raiders (11-2) went on the road for the third straight week in the State Playoffs. Lincoln would score a couple of touchdowns on long plays; but Navarre matched them point for point.

Sophomore Johnny Robinson-Pettus had one of the best one handed interceptions I had ever seen to deny one Lincoln drive and RB Dwayne Carter was running all over the Trojan defense for 180+ yards behind an outstanding performance from the offensive line.

The Raiders had a chance to win the game in regulation as they drove down to the Trojans 30-yard line with 1:12 left on the clock and two timeouts. The Navarre faithful was smelling their first Region Title; but Lincoln’s Javorius “Buck” Allen stepped in front a Colton Kane pass in the end zone that would eventually send the game into overtime at 13-13.

Navarre would be up first in the first overtime and quickly scored. Lincoln would be faced with a fourth and nine and somehow QB Ronald Butler would elude the Raiders pass rush and tie the game at 20-20.

Lincoln would score a touchdown to start the second OT; but Navarre’s Carter would find the end zone on third down to tie the game at 27-27 and send it to a third overtime.

Raiders scored in the third overtime; but unfortunately the extra point was blocked. On Lincoln’s first play, the Navarre defense would sack Butler setting up a second and twelve. The Trojans scored on a fade route on second down and added the extra point in a thrilling 34-33 victory to end the Raiders dream season.

Navarre outscored their opponents 419-247 in 2010; which was the first time a Raider team had scored over 400 points in a season.

Raiders trail in overall series with the Trojans, 2-0.

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