Michael Carter nearly eclipsed the 200-yard mark and ran for five touchdowns as the Navarre Raiders held off a pesky Washington squad for a 36-20 win.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard early in the contest, but it was the defense doing the heavy lifting as they pinned the Wildcats’ deep in their own territory before recording the safety for the 2-0 lead.
The defense quickly got the ball back and this time Carter went to work, breaking free for a 45-yard touchdown scamper. A few minutes later, Carter picked up his second TD of the half to extend the lead to 16-0.
Navarre led 23-0 and appeared well on the way to another big-margin victory, but Washington came roaring back as Eric Goldsmith returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to get things going. After another Washington touchdown cut it to 26-13, Aaron Mallory broke loose for a 65-yard touchdown run to cut the lead back to 26-20.
But Carter took over from there, scoring another touchdown to allow the Raiders to extend the lead back to 36-20 midway through the fourth quarter.
Niceville 30, Escambia 6
It got off to an ugly start for the Escambia Gators Friday night and never got any better as the Niceville Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage before rolling to a 30-6 win over the Gators.
Jeff Toney hooked up with Juayne Thomas on the Eagles’ very first play of the game for a 61-yard touchdown pass to set the tone for a long night for the Gators. On Escambia’s third play from scrimmage, the Eagles forced a turnover and went up 13-0 on a quick 11-yard TD by Deonte Sheffield.
After another Escambia turnover, the Eagles went up 20-0 with another TD pass from Toney to Jordan Tinder.
Escambia scored to cut it to 20-6, but the Eagles got a field goal right before the half for a 23-6 lead.
Pine Forest 46, Choctaw 10
Pine Forest’s abundance of weapons was on full display Friday night, as the Eagles were without the services of senior leader Xavier Saulsberry and still traveled over to Fort Walton Beach and came away with a dominant 46-10 win over the Choctaw Indians.
It was Saulsberry’s understudy — Cal West — who staked the Eagles out to an early lead with a touchdown run before Choctaw tied it up at 7-7. West responded with a 67-yard TD pass to take a 14-7 lead.
After a Choctaw field goal cut it to 14-10, the Eagles had enough of the Indians hanging around. Jaden Gardner started the rout by returning the ensuing kickoff the length of the field for a 20-10 lead, then Anwar Lewis broke a 98-yard touchdown run to put Pine Forest up 26-10.
It was all Pine Forest the rest of the way as the Eagles got to a running clock in the second half to cruise to the victory.
Milton 26, Lake Area New Tech 25
The Milton Panthers rallied from a 13-0 deficit in the second half to tie the game, then ultimately win in overtime, 26-25, over Lake Area New Tech of Louisiana.
Northview 21, Escambia Academy 14
The Northview Chiefs gave coach Derek Marshman his first win as head coach, outscoring Escambia Academy 13-0 in the second half to rally for a 21-14 win.
Luke Ward had a big night for the Chiefs, rushing for 103 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 106 yards and a score. He also picked off a pass on defense.
Hunter Edwards added 58 yards on the ground to go with his 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. Neikel Robinson led the Chiefs’ receivers with 86 yards and a touchdown on three catches.
Jacob Weaver paced the defense with 17 tackles.
Resurrection Catholic 46, Jay 0
The trip to Mississippi to face Resurrection Catholic was a tough one for the Jay Royals as they dropped a 46-0 loss on Friday night.
The Royals will try to bounce back next week when they travel to face Wewahitchka.