Flag Football’s Great Season

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Bruno Mendez, staff writer

The wild year that 2020-2021 has been can barely be described in words. The COVID-19 pandemic threw everything out of balance from everyday life to things as simple as playing high school sports. Many athletic seasons last year at NHS were cut short and not given a chance to shine as many athletes wanted. This year for many was the time for redemption and payback, but it was especially redemption for the Navarre Lady Raiders flag football team. This past season the Lady Raiders had 14 wins and only 4 losses. The Raiders made it all the way the to the final four which is essentially state semi-finals. They lost against the Newsome Wolves, a team from Lithia, Florida, with the final score being 33-18.    

The road to the semi-finals was rough and grueling, but the Raiders were persistent in their hard work for success. The team started out very strong in the beginning of the season, having an undefeated winning streak for nearly three weeks. Although when game six rolled around, the streak was broken by the Niceville Eagles with a score of 42-0. The next games following the Niceville game were for redemption. The next six games were all wins besides a single loss against Chiles, a team from Tallahassee, only by one touchdown. The teams’ rut in the road didn’t stop them from pushing forward with every intent to bring the championship trophy home to NHS. 

The Lady Raiders regrouped after the loss against Chiles. They continued with four strong wins against some teams such as Gulf Breeze and Fort Walton. They proceeded forward with their victories to face off Choctawhatchee High School in their final official game on the roster. According to MaxPreps, the Raiders played a strong game but unfortunately were unable to win with the end score being 19-0 Choctaw. The team had nothing to be down about after their loss, though, because they were going to districts anyway.

Their first district playoff game was against the Leon Tigers from Tallahassee. The first quarter the raiders come out strong putting 21 points on the board while the Tigers did not answer back. The second quarter the Tigers scored a touchdown giving six points to their name. Half time sounded off and the score was 21-6 Raiders. As the third quarter started, the Raiders got a touchdown making the score 27-6 with no other touchdowns for the rest of the quarter. The final quarter whistle was blown, and the Raiders got another 13 points, completely shutting out the Tigers that quarter to result in a 40-6 game. 

After the team’s amazing win against the Tigers, they now had to face the Chiles Timberwolves from Tallahassee. This was the team’s toughest competitor yet with the game being won by a single point, 27-26 Raiders. When Taylor Howard was asked, how did you feel during the game, she stated “It was the most intense game we’ve had all season and had me on the edge of my seat”. She also stated, “Our other games are won or lost by large margins so when we were neck and neck, we knew it was going to be a tough game.” Taylor was also asked how she felt after the end of the game, and she stated, “There was a big sigh of relief and accomplishment knowing we got past our hardest obstacle yet.” The lady Raiders went on to play and win against three more teams: Niceville, Fleming Island, and Spruce Creek.

They then faced off against Newsome, a team from Lithia, which defeated the Raiders and ended their run in the playoffs.