A little luck and a lot of defense carried Navarre High School to a 14-0 high school football win against Fort Walton Beach at Bennett C. Russell Stadium on Friday.
The Raiders (1-0) held visiting Fort Walton Beach (0-1) to fewer than 60 yards rushing and harassed Vikings quarterbacks Ryan Thompson and Steve Strano all night.
After playing a scoreless first half, the Raiders took the lead in the third quarter after recovering a Fort Walton Beach fumble at the Vikings' 31-yard line. On second-and-goal from the 12, Navarre quarterback Colton Kane threw a pass into the end zone that receiver Carron Murray bobbled and teammate Trey Chandler caught caught for a touchdown. Nolan LeMaitre added a 47-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left in the game.
The victory was just the second for Navarre in eight meetings between the teams. The Raiders beat Fort Walton Beach by the same score, 14-0, in 2006. They lost to the Vikings, perennial playoff contenders, 36-18 a year ago.
Navarre will host the Walton Braves at 7:30 p.m. this Friday. For more about the Raiders' win, see the Sept. 9 edition of Navarre Press.
Area scores of interest
Walton 34, West Florida 11
Milton 34, Gulf Breeze 6
Crestview 49, Baker 20
Catholic 34, Choctawhatchee 16
Pensacola 24, Pine Forest 7
Escambia 27, Rutherford 14
Amite, La., 13, Pace 12
Tate 30, Washington 20