NAVARRE — Navarre played like the District 2-6A champion that it is, spotting Mosley an early touchdown before rolling to a 28-14 win Friday night.
The Raiders improved to 8-1, 5-0 in the district while relegating the Dolphins to a losing season. Mosley dropped to 3-5, 0-5 in the district.
Despite the outcome, Mosley coach Perry Brown accented the positive.
“I was pleased with our kids’ effort,” Brown said. “We were outmanned. The kids played well facing a district champion. They played their butts off.”
The Dolphins opened the scoring when a high snap by Navarre in the Shotgun formation went over the head of the quarterback and Aaron Mendez recovered for Mosley in the end zone.
The Raiders responded with a pair of long touchdown runs and led 14-7 at the half. They pulled out to a 28-7 lead before Mosley quarterback Zach Rhodes found Logan Quimuyog on a stop route for a fourth-quarter TD pass.
Quimuyog was playing in place of wide receiver Nat Dixon, who was lost to injury in the second quarter. Dixon leads area receivers in pass receptions.
Brown praised Louie Abbott, who went both ways in the offensive and defensive backfields. He said that linebacker Brady Barton played extremely well on defense.
Mosley ends its season next week versus Rutherford.
Gulf Breeze 45, Rutherford 15
GULF BREEZE — Rutherford was no match for Gulf Breeze, as the Rams fell hard and the Dolphins secured a postseason spot.
Rutherford dipped to 2-7 overall and finished 1-3 in District 1-5A games. Gulf Breeze jumped ahead 28-0 after the first quarter and Rutherford couldn’t recover in losing for the fourth time in five games.
The Rams went into halftime trailing 28-7 following a score. Gulf Breeze (7-2, 3-1) responded with a field goal and two touchdowns within three minutes midway through the third quarter to increase the advantage to 45-7 and secure the needed bulge for the mercy rule.
Rutherford tacked on its final score in the third and added a 2-point conversion. There was only a report of the game score and no statistical or scoring leaders for the Rams.
Rutherford would have clinched a playoff berth with a win after Bay defeated Arnold. However, Gulf Breeze (7-2, 3-1) surged and grabbed the postseason berth outright. Pensacola West Florida Tech is the district champion.
The Rams finish the regular season next week with the annual rivalry game against Mosley at Tommy Oliver Stadium.