Dolphins Clinch Playoff Berth with Beach Bowl Win


Jon Rose

Gulf Breeze football players celebrate on the field with the Publix Beach Bowl trophy after beating Navarre 38-26

Asher Reeves, Staff Writers

  The Dolphins Navarre Rivalry has been going on for years. On the road in Navarre, Gulf Breeze sought to upset the Raiders at home for the 2021 Beach Bowl. The Dolphins have not won the Beach Bowl since 2016.

   Navarre started the game with Drive in the 1st quarter with a 7-0 lead starting the second quarter. GB with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter the Dolphins stormed back to take a giant lead going into the half. Coach Clayton said, “We will put up more points after the half and if we don’t our defense will lock up the game.” Having a pick 6 and a fumble return for a touchdown the Dolphins took the stage receiving the second half kickoff.

   This rivalry is so deep that the Raiders were beating a dolphin floatie in their student section. Meanwhile on the other side Gulf Breeze was going wild after every big play. Pouring their heart and souls out onto the field, both teams put up a fight but in the end the Dolphins put the game away.

   Beach Bowl was only 18 seconds away from being over with the game on the line 31-28 Gulf Breeze. Navarre was driving wishing to win the Beach Bowl for the 6th time in a row and looking for a playoff spot at the same time. Last play of the game was a strip sack which freshman Phillip Dillard picked up the ball and ran it to the house.

   Seeing out the game with a 38-26 victory, the Dolphins ended their season with their first Beach Bowl win since 2016 and securing a spot in the playoffs. The Dolphin’s Defense were the main performers of the game having 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries that were returned for touchdowns, and a pick 6. Gulf Breeze moved on to State playoffs and played their first playoff game at Mosley, last Friday night.

   Unfortunately, they did not win and their season is over. But Gulf Breeze enjoyed watching them play this year and can’t wait for next year.

The Gulf Breeze student section cheers on the football team at the rivalry game at Navarre (Jon Rose)