It has been a stellar season for the Navarre Raiders and coach Jay Walls.
The Raiders are off to the best start in program history and seem to outdo themselves each week.
Friday night, the Raiders rolled to a 35-0 win over Milton, highlighted by the play of a lifetime for one of the Raiders.
Trailing 28-0, the Milton Panthers began a drive into Navarre territory with less than one minute until halftime.
The Panthers made their way into field goal range in an effort to put points on the board.
Milton elected to pass one last time, but Navarre linebacker Jay Klosisnki made the Panthers pay.
Klosinski made the interception, and showed some deceptive speed as he burst through for a pick-six to give Navarre a 35-0 lead.
“That was the best play of my life, no, the best moment of my life,” Klosinski said. “We come out and play hard every game. We treat every opponent the same. That’s how our coaches prepare us.
The lead yielded a running clock in the second half as the final two quarters flew by with no scoring.
Navarre saw two touchdowns from running back Hasaan Williams and a explosive catch-and-run score from Michael Sandle.
“We got momentum early thanks to some big offensive plays … that was key,” Walls said. “Defense did an outstanding job. Scoring right before the half, that was really a great job by our defense.
“It was a great district (2-6A win). I’m proud of the kids and the way they prepared.”
Navarre is now 2-0 in the district and will seek a district sweep at Gulf Breeze on Oct. 30.
Milton is winless in district play, and will eye their first win against Pace in two weeks.
“We just play more physical than anyone else. That is what we hang our hat on,” Klosinski said. “It’s all the hard work we put in the off season. We work harder than anyone else in the Panhandle. I promise that. That is how we get it done.”