Countdown to Kickoff – Navarre Raiders – 9 Days

Michael Pettus
Dusty Jones
Matt Privette
Cameron Mayweather
Robert Waltman
Josh Doxey
Devon Stotts
Gabe Apongan
Christian Caballero
9 days to kickoff of the 2021 High School Football season for the Navarre Raiders as they will host Fort Walton Beach on 27 Aug 2021.
9 games ago – Navarre 31, Leon 28 (2019)
Box Score
Navarre…3 3 15 10 – 31
Leon…..14 0 0 14 – 28
The Raiders (5-4, 2-3) found themselves in a District 1-7A battle at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee against the Lions. With the victory, Navarre’s long trip back home was a lot more enjoyable.
Leon’s Steven Bivins got the fireworks going at 8:25 when he broke off a 56-yard touchdown. Three and half minutes later, Preston Penton booted his first of three field goals on the night, this one from 23 yards. On the ensuing possession, Paxton Tomaini scored from the one and the Lions went up 14-3 after one.
The only points of the second quarter, went to Penton as he added his second field goal (23) of the half to cut the lead to 14-6 going to the break.
Navarre would tie it up 6:01 of the third as Jaydin Antonio had a 5-yard touchdown run and were successful on the two-point conversion. The Raiders would grab their first lead of the night when Jaden Rivera scored on a 28-yard run. 21-14 Navarre after three.
Penton’s third field goal of the night (42 yards) gave Navarre their biggest lead of the game, 24-14. Tomaini would cut the lead back to three, as he scored on a 15-yard run at 5:27. On the Raiders next possession, Rivera started to his right, but cut back to the left and outraced the Lions defense to the end zone from 42 yards out at 2:47. Tomaini would lead Leon on another scoring drive, ending with a 11-yard pass to Semaj James (who had 11 receptions on the night for 131 yards) with 50.7 seconds left on the clock. Raiders held on…31-28.
Navarre had trouble getting their passing attack going, so they relied heavily on their running game. Both Rivera (19 carries, 212 yards) and Antonio (20 carries, 153 yards) had career best performances. Xayvion Thomas was the leading receiver with three grabs for 66 yards.
Bailey Huston led the defense with 9 tackles (6 solo/3 assists) and Kobe Johnson, Jeffery Mattox & Devin Wright added 7 tackles each. Connor Eastwood & Grady Kelly each had two sacks as the Raiders accumulated six sacks in the contest. Penton went 2-2 on extra points and 3-4 on field goals.
Raiders who wore #9:
Tim Seay – Class of 2002
RB Dylan Seay – Class of 2005
DB Matt Jalil – Class of 2006
RB/QB Michael Pettus – Class of 2010
QB Dusty Jones – Class of 2012 – played baseball at LBW (AL)
WR Matt Privette – Class of 2013
WR Cameron Mayweather – Class of 2015 – played at Moorpark College (CA)
DL Robert Waltman – Class of 2016
DL Josh Doxey – Class of 2017 – played at College of Sequoia’s (CA)
WR Devon Stotts – Class of 2018
WR Gabe Apongan – Class of 2020
Current Raider wearing #9:
LB/RB Christian Caballero – Class of 2023
Statistics that involve #9:
9 – touchdown receptions in a career – Chris Weaver (2005-07)
9 – touchdown receptions in a season – Brad Leggett (2011) – 2nd All-Time
9 – receptions in a game (twice) – Brad Leggett (2011)
9 – receptions in a game – Quentin Randolph (2014)
9 – interceptions in a career – Dante Wright (2016-18)
9 – receptions in a game – Tyler England (2019)
Navarre is 8-1 in their last 9 games and leads the all-time series against Leon, 1-0.

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