School Spotlight: Navarre High School Raider

Captured by Bennett Howard

Navarre High School a public high school, whose mascot is the raiders. Navarre was founded in 1996 in Santa Rosa County Florida. Making it the newest school in the county it has also gained the title of most diverse and largest school. The raider football program is led by head Coach Garrett Bagley. Coach Bagley will be entering his first season as the head coach of the raider football program this upcoming season. While Bagley is new to the head coaching position at Navarre, he is not new to the school. Bagley joined the Navarre coaching staff in 2006. Starting as linebacker coach special team and defensive coordinator then being named as head coach in April of 2024.

The Raiders have produced 3 NFL players, Jordan Legget, Jordan Jefferson, and Micheal Carter. One of the biggest building blocks of the Navarre football program and most memorable for Coach Bagley is the passing of player Ian Lockwood. He passed in 2011 following a battle with brain cancer in his senior season. The number 10, Lockwood’s number, is now the only number retired in Navarre High School football history.

When talking to Head Coach Bagley, he gave us some players to look out for this coming season,

Connor Mathews is a 5’9 class of 2025 running back who is entering his 4th season with the Raiders. Thus far he has been offered by university of Massachusetts, Army, Navy, and Northern Alabama to further his football career.

Roman Marshall a junior who will be starting for the first time. He joined the program as a sophomore.

Raiders’ safety Josh Wilson who is a very versatile player for the team he has played as outside linebacker , as well as running back.

Vinny Villanova a 3 year starting, senior middle-linebacker standing at 6 foot 205 lbs. 

Sophomore cornerback Ezekiel Burgess, is expected to be an integral part of the Navarre defense this upcoming season.

Marquez White a class of 2026 rising junior for the raiders is a 5’9 cornerback and wide receiver for the Raiders.