When you consider competition, across all prep sports, Navarre High and Gulf Breeze High might have the strongest, all-around rivalry in the area.
That it now extends to football, in a meaningful way, just ups the stakes. That’s why Friday’s Publix Beach Bowl Cup at Gulf Breeze High might be the hottest ticket of the fall — or the year, for that matter — with a District 2-Class 6A championship on the line for the second straight season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Gulf Breeze won last year, 31-28, to clinch its first district title since 1989.
“Friday means a potential district championship for both teams and schools,” Gulf Breeze principal Danny Brothers said. “Kids from both teams grew up competing against each other in city league sports and lot of them went to middle school together. It’s just fun to watch them compete on the football field at the varsity level with an opportunity for a district championship.
“Both communities enjoy this healthy rivalry. The rivalry is handled on the field and we haven’t had any issues off of the field. We take pride in keeping it on the field.”
Brothers and Gulf Breeze athletic director Matt Alt encourage fans to “get there early” and park at Gulf Breeze elementary and middle school, located across Gulf Breeze parkway from Dolphin Stadium. Parking will be “around $5.”
Navarre hosted the rivalry game last year, and Navarre athletic director Scott Murphy said that the game had 4,494 paying customers.
Alt and Brothers said that Dolphin Stadium can sit 6,000 to 7,000 people, but “are able to accommodate if that number hits (8,000) or 9,000.”
Fans will not be able to stand on the track but can stand around the fence that surrounds the field.
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance using the GoFan app (https://gofan.co/app/events/9558) and the game will be streamed online by Gulf Breeze High’s broadcasting team.
The game will feature its annual canned food drive, spearheaded by Sharing and Caring. That will also serve as a competition between Navarre and Gulf Breeze High Schools and the winner will be announced at halftime.
OneBlood will also have a vehicle on site for a blood drive competition between schools.
“The canned-food competition has been going on for several years and both schools enjoy supporting the needy in the area,” Brothers said. “It’s been a fun competition and both competitions will be a great way to help those in need.”
Publix Beach Bowl Cup
Who: Navarre Raiders at Gulf Breeze Dolphins
Where: Gulf Breeze High (Dolphin Stadium)
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m., Friday
Tickets: $7, can be purchased using GoFan – https://gofan.co/app/events/9558 .
Parking: Gulf Breeze Elementary or Gulf Breeze Middle ($)
Live stream: GBHS broadcasting – http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/gulf-breeze-high-school-gulf-breeze-fl/246876698f
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