NAVARRE – The hangover from Navarre’s first loss of the season was only a temporary one.

Coming off a 37-27 loss to Escambia, combined with having to deal with Hurricane Michael this week, it was understandable that the Raiders came out a little flat in Friday night’s District 2-6A contest with Milton.

But once the Raiders shook off the rust, it was business as usual.

After giving up an 85-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game, the Raiders rattled off 28 consecutive points to take a 28-12 halftime lead and ultimately a 49-12 win to stay unbeaten in district and set up a championship showdown with Gulf Breeze in two weeks.

“We gave up a big play right off the bat, but other than that, I thought we played a really great game,” Navarre coach Jay Walls said. “We put ourselves in a situation where we are playing for a district championship. I’m proud of our kids, the effort the whole game.

“It was a big win for us. I’m really proud of our kids, our staff. Coming off a loss last week, I thought they handled it well.”

Not only were the Raiders dealing with the fallout of a loss, they were also distracted by Hurricane Michael, which wreaked havoc on Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach.

“It was a big concern,” said Walls, who lived in Panama City Beach for some time and has a daughter that currently lives there. “Monday we had a good day. Tuesday, we had to go in the morning. We didn’t practice Wednesday. We practiced yesterday and had a bunch of walkthroughs between yesterday and today. We’re just very fortunate here.”

Chris Williams once again had a big night for Navarre, scoring three touchdowns, two on offense and one on the second half kickoff, taking it 75 yards for the touchdown and a 35-12 Navarre lead.

But overall, it was a balanced effort for the Raiders, with Marlon Courtney getting it done through the air with 177 yards and a touchdown as well as on the ground with 63 yards rushing and a score.

Josh Carter also had a touchdown and 80 yards rushing and Jayden Antonio scored the game’s final touchdown for the Raiders.

“O-line wise, I think we did well on the line of scrimmage,” Walls said. “We were able to be balanced. We had success running the ball and we had some big plays throwing the football. What a win, what a good win at home.”

After giving up that long pass play to start the game, the Raiders’ defense settled in and actually held the Panthers to only 145 yards of total offense in the contest.

“That one throw, and they had one drive where they ran the ball a little bit, but other than that I thought our defense played really well,” Walls said. “I thought we played really well up front. We covered well, we got pressure on the quarterback. It was just a good effort all around.”

The Raiders will enjoy the bye week next week before returning home in two weeks to take on the Gulf Breeze Dolphins to settle the District 2-6A championship.

“That’s going to be a big win, it’s a good opportunity for us,” Walls said. “It’s a big rivalry, a big game for both of us.”