Football roundup: Raiders roll past Vikings

Football roundup: Raiders roll past Vikings


Football roundup: Raiders roll past Vikings




Navarre was down early against Fort Walton Beach on Friday, but by the end of the night, the Raiders watched the clock run down at Steve Riggs Stadium and celebrated their fifth win of the season and their sixth straight over the Vikings.

With a 21-point second quarter, the Raiders stormed back for a lopsided 55-14 win over Fort Walton Beach to remain undefeated as they head into district play next week.

The Vikings struck first with a flea flicker to Tre’ Harper for 56 yards and a touchdown, but from there on it was all Navarre. Senior running back Hasaan Williams tied the game near the end of the first quarter, and the Raiders went on to score three times in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns from Octavien Moyer and one from Aaron Mitchell.

The drama came in the second quarter when the Williams scooped up a ball dropped by Vikings’ quarterback Brady Ooten and was headed to the end zone when the referees called the drop an incomplete pass and waived the play dead. But on the very next play, Xavier Fernandez blocked a Fort Walton Beach punt and took the ball deep into Viking territory, setting up a Raider touchdown.

Michael Sandle and Aaron Mitchell both scored in the third, and Sandle returned a Fort Walton Beach punt for 70 yards and a touchdown to start the running clock in the fourth.

The Raiders will look to stay undefeated on the season when they host Pace next week.

“We’re very luck to start 5-0,” said Navarre coach Jay Walls. “But now we start district play and everybody is undefeated.

“It’s wide open.”

Escambia survives Columbia

The Gators started hot against Lake City’s Columbia High School Tigers, but the clock couldn’t run out fast enough in the second half for Escambia coach Mike Davis.

Escambia led 44-21 at halftime, but couldn’t score a point in the second half as the Tigers made a late push to come within one field goal of tying the game. Escambia, however, managed to hold on 44-41 to bounce back from last week’s loss to New Orleans Jesuit High School.

“I wish we’d done a little better in the second half to put the game away, but at the end of the day we scored 44 points on a talented Lake City team,” Davis said.

The Gators start district play next week when they travel to Pine Forest.

Royals fall to Graceville

The Jay Royals remained winless on the season, falling 34-14 to Graceville on Friday night in a non-conference game.

The Royals stayed within striking distance early, trailing just 14-6 at the half, but they were unable to pull out the win.

It is the worst start to a season for the Royals (0-5) since their 0-10 campaign in 2010.


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