All week during preparation, the Navarre Raiders knew they would host perhaps the toughest defense in the area when Escambia came to town Friday night.
The Raiders — a team that has been riddled with injuries, highlighted by a season-ending knee injury for Michael Carter — found ways to be competitive, as players stepped up to fill voids and earn a 20-9 win over the Gators.
It was Navarre’s defense that set up great field position for the Raiders, which moved the ball efficiently with the ground game.
Hasaan Williams led the way, grabbing Navarre’s first touchdown while showing off a flashy spin move multiple times in the game.
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“It was basically instincts,” Williams said. “The defenders kept stopping their feet, so I would just spin off of them. I had some big runs but got tackled late after I tried to juke somebody. So I figured switch up my moves and try something new.
“We knew from the very beginning that we had to be physical because Escambia has a great defense.”
Aaron Mitchel also toted the football for Navarre, and has helped split carries with Williams while playing linebacker as well for Navarre.
Unfortunately, Mitchell went down with a hard injury in Navarre’s win.
“Hasaan (Williams) has come in and really got after it,” Navarre coach Jay Walls said. “Aaron Mitchell has come in and played outstanding. He’s injured, and that’s unfortunate because I think it’s a pretty serious injury. Hopefully we can bounce back and keep rolling.”
Both Navarre and Escambia will prepare for district tests this Friday as the Raiders face Milton and Escambia goes up against Tate.
Chiefs shift focus toward Jay
Following their 37-14 homecoming loss to Liberty County and with Northview now sitting at 1-5 to start the season, are the Chiefs ready to open district play at Jay next week?
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“We better be,” Northview coach Sid Wheatley said. “Right now their minds … We have to regroup and we have to do it quickly and get them going and get ’em positive.”
The Chiefs suffered four interceptions, a turnover off a fumble and points off a safety in the loss to Liberty County.
The Royals (1-6), for their part, will enter the contest with the most momentum they’ve had all season after edging rival Cottondale 58-56 at home Friday.
The 1-1A opener for the out-of-county rivals is at Jay on Friday.
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Crestview watches lead slip as Milton rallies late
Crestview had a rough second half as they saw a 15-6 halftime lead disappear in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Aubrey Williams was the difference in the second half as he got hot hitting on 12 of 24 attempts for 124 yards and finished the entire game with 134 yards passing.
Shemar Henderson finished the game with 74 yards on 20 carries to lead Milton as E.J. Hurst was next with 58 yards on 10 carries.
Next week will be huge for the Panthers as they will host Navarre in a crucial District 2-6A matchup, while Crestview will travel to Fort Walton Beach in a District 3-6A contest.
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