Both the Navarre High School Raider football and baseball teams have new head coaches this year. It is a new beginning for these programs and in order to succeed, the coaches know they will need senior leadership.
Adam Hamilton is ready to step into that leadership role. Hamilton started last year as a free safety for the Raider football team that went to the playoffs for the second year in a row. He is also the place kicker.
Hamilton saw some varsity action as a sophomore but was injured in practice when he broke his foot in two places. Unable to finish the season just built his resolve. He quickly established himself as a starter last year in the free safety position. As the place kicker, he hit 45 of 46 attempts and more than 50 percent of his field goal attempts.
Despite losing many of last year’s starters through graduation, Hamilton likes the team makeup this year.
“We are very fast,” Hamilton said. “Coach Lashley is using the same system that we used previously but is adding his own twists. Many of us are also playing other positions for some plays.”
Hamilton is doing exactly what the coaches expect from a senior leader. Besides place kicking and playing his normal free safety position, he is getting some looks as a receiver and running back. He also has been doing the punting.
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