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Tuesday, February 5
Escambia Football National Signing Day

February 6 @ 3:30 PM, at Escambia High School.

Signees:

Delta State University
Celeveland, Mississippi

            
Trevonte Myers & Jeffrey Linzy


Clark Atlanta University
SW Atlanta, Georgia

                               

Marquis Catchings & Jessie Capers


 
Northwest Oklahoma University

Alva, Oklahoma

              
Kareem Moore, Micah Ortiz, Daniel Garcia & Hunter Wise



Saturday, October 6
2012 Varsity Football Schedule

Click the buttons to read the game Summary or view the game video.


8/24

Fort Walton  Beach 
AWAY
7:00

 
 

 Jamboree   

  8/31  
West 
 Florida Tech
 
HOME
7:00




Loss
7-9

9/7
 Crestview  

HOME
7:30



  Loss
7-35

9/14
 Rutherford.
 Panama City.

AWAY
7:00



 
Win
21-10

9/21
 *Tate* 

AWAY
7:30


        

Win
45 - 0

9/28
*Milton*
Homecoming
HOME
7:30

Milton

 
Loss
22-30

10/05
*Washington*

AWAY
7:30

Washington


Win
25-9

10/12
*Pace*

HOME
7:30

Pace
 
 
Win
29-28
 

 10/19 
  



O
P
E
N

10/26
*PineForest*
Senior Night
 HOME
7:30

Pine Forest
  Loss
3-21

11/02
*Pensacola*

AWAY
7:30

PHS
 
 
Loss
3-24

11/09
Wakulla

AWAY
7:30



Loss
8-24

* Denotes District Game*
(1) 
www.8730sports.com Web Cast carries various games through out the panhandle.
(2) Streamed Live on Realitynew.net
     Also Tape delayed 1 week Saturday after the game date are 10:00pm Cox ch 6 and Mediacom ch 38.
    
(More info click "HERE") You must have or download REAL PLAYER to View.
(3)
Delayed programming on Cox Media CH2   http://ww2.cox.com/myconnection/gulfcoast/community/editorial3.cox   
     - Games are shown on the following Saturday 8pm and Sunday at 1pm & 9pm.
       - 9/11 and 9/12 for West Florida and 10/30 and 10/31 for Tate.
     - They will also be added to cox "ON DEMAND' under the "FREEZONE" approx a week after the game.

(4) 
Simulcast Live on SportsnetPensacola.com and WCOA 1370AM Pensacola.
(5) 
Web Cast Panhandle Broadcasting carries various games throughout the panhandle.
(6) WEBY 1330 AM Milton



Saturday, October 6
2012 District Ranking Week 10

After Week 10 
*x* District champion *y* District runner-up 

 

Rank

Class 6A
District 1

District Overall PF PA Total
W L T W L T

1 

 Milton *x*

5

 1  0  7  3  0 210  154  +56  

2 

 Pace   *y*

4

 2  0  7  3  0 266  162  +104  

3 

 Pine ForestPine Forest

4

 2  0  5  3  0 232 

106 

+126  

4 

 Pensacola

4

 2  0  5  3  0 184  109  +75  

5 

 EscambiaEscambia

3

 3  0  4  6  0 166  166  0  

6 

 Tate

1

 5  0  1  8  0 133  364  -231  

7 

 Washington

0

 6  0  1  9  0 78  351  -276  
Click on the team helmet to open their schedule from FHSAA


Thursday, September 13
2012 JV and Freshmen Football Schedule

9/6
 Crestview  
AWAY

JV
Win
8 - 6
Freshmen
Win
22 - 3

9/13
*Pensacola*
 
HOME
PHS
JV
Loss
0 - 20
Freshmen
Win
10 - 0 

9/20
 *Tate* 
HOME

JV
Loss
14 - 34

Freshmen
Win
21 - 8

9/27
*Milton*
AWAY
Milton
JV
Loss
20 - 44

Freshmen
Win
21 - 12

10/04
*Washington*
H
OME
Washington
JV
Loss
20 - 32
Freshmen
Win
29 - 0

10/11
*Pace*
AWAY
Pace
JV
Loss
Freshmen
Win
26 - 20

 10/15
West
 Florida
 
HOME
 

JV
Loss
12 - 14
Freshmen
Win
51 - 14

10/25
*PineForest*
AWAY
Pine Forest
JV
Loss

Freshmen
Loss
0 - 26



Wednesday, October 31
Prep Insider: District scenarios set for Friday night
Written by PNJ reporter Brady Aymond
With one week to play in the respective district races across the area, the scenarios are all fairly simple at this point. Of course, that doesn’t mean all of the district races are as cut and dry as “If Team A wins, Team A is the champion and Team B is the runner-up.” In some cases, certain scenarios on Friday night can lead to extensive tiebreakers, and eventually shootout situations. With that in mind, this week we’ll break down each district race and give all the scenarios which could possibly exist. District 1-6A comes down to 2 games It may be the most complicated of all the races that are left, but in reality it comes down to two games this week — Pine Forest at Milton and Escambia at Pensacola High.
 The Pine Forest-Milton game sets up as the district championship game. The winner will be crowned the district champion. After that, the loser will have to await the outcome of the Escambia-PHS game. Because the district is riding on two games, we know that it basically comes down to four scenarios: • If Pine Forest and PHS win, the Eagles are declared the District 1-6A champions by virtue of being the only team to finish with one loss. That would create a three-way tie for second place between PHS, Pace and Milton. Since all three of those teams beat each other, second place would be settled with a shootout.
 • If Pine Forest and Escambia win, the Eagles are declared the District 1-6A champions by virtue of being the only team to finish with one loss. That would create a three-way tie for second place between Escambia, Pace and Milton. Milton would advance to the state playoffs as the second-place team by virtue of its sweep of Escambia and Pace.
 • If Milton and PHS win, the Panthers are declared the District 1-6A champions by virtue of being the only team to finish with one loss. That would create a three-way tie for second place between PHS, Pine Forest and Pace. Pace would advance to the state playoffs as the second-place team by virtue of its sweep of Pine Forest and PHS.
 • If Milton and Escambia win, the Panthers are declared the District 1-6A champions by virtue of being the only team to finish with one loss. That would create a three-way tie for second place between Escambia, Pine Forest and Pace. Since all three of those teams beat each other, second place would be settled with a shootout.
 (The remainder of the Article may be read by going to the link)


Sunday, October 14
District 1-6A finds itself in a logjam
07EHSvPace1201

Escambia win over Pace creates chaos in league play

Remember that whole driver’s seat thing last week?

Oct 14, 2012   PNJ Sports page
Well, the District 1-6A car took a detour this week. Escambia’s win over Pace turned the Patriots’ scenic cruise to the District 1-6A title into a traffic jam at rush hour. Five teams are now tied for the lead in the district standings. If this were a video game, Escambia pressed the reset button Friday night and everybody’s starting over.
Escambia, Milton, Pace, Pensacola High and Pine Forest are all still alive for the league title. Given the matchups that remain, it certainly doesn’t eliminate the possibility of the league champion having two district losses when it’s all said and done.
Here’s a breakdown of the five contenders and who they’ve beaten and who they have left:

• Escambia: Wins over Washington, Tate and Pace with loss coming to Milton. Gators have the week off, then close out against Pine Forest (3-2) and PHS (3-2).
• Milton: Wins over Escambia and Tate with loss coming to PHS. Panthers play at Washington (1-5) and host Pace (5-2) to close out league slate.
• Pace: Wins over PHS, Washington and Pine Forest, with a loss to Escambia. Patriots have Tate (0-5) this week, followed by a trip to Milton (4-3) to close out league play.
• PHS: Wins over Milton and Tate, with loss to Pace. Tigers close out against Pine Forest (3-2), Washington (1-5) and Escambia (4-3).
• Pine Forest: Wins over Tate and Washington with loss to Pace. Eagles close out against PHS (3-2), Escambia (4-3) and Milton (4-3).

Gators on top of the world

It seemed unlikely when the season began, but Escambia sits atop the District 1-6A standings after Friday night's 29-28 win against Pace. And though many around the Pensacola area thought the Gators might be headed for a rough season under first-year head coach Willie Spears, the players slowly began thinking otherwise throughout the year. “We just came together piece by piece — offense, defense, special teams, we just put it all together,” receiver and defensive back T.J. Myers said. “We came out to prove a point.”
Wide receiver Shaquille Rogers, who caught a 65-yard TD pass in the final minute against Pace to help earn the win said it comes down to mental preparation for the players. His quarterback agrees. “We’ve just got a lot of fight,” Jake Durant said. “We believe we can win, and that’s what we did.” Spears has been the spark for that winning attitude. After an 0-2 start to the season, his team could have quit. Instead, the Gators bought in to what the new coaching staff was teaching. “The biggest thing is the players stuck with us,” Spears said. “When we lost to Crestview, we lost bad. But our players thought we should have won. They really believe they should have beat West Florida, so they were hungry to prove they are a good team.”

A memorable first for GBHS' Zalar

Lucas Zalar waited his turn to become the starting kicker for Gulf Breeze. That wait was rewarded with a memorable moment against Milton. On the first field goal attempt of his varsity career, Zalar, a junior, drilled a 36-yarder with 17 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Dolphins to a drama-filled 23-20 road win at Haywood Hanna Stadium. “All year long we’ve never had a chance to kick a field goal,” Gulf Breeze coach Chris Nemith said. “We were talking about that on the sideline … and then there’s the chance in that situation and Lucas steps out and nails a big one. What a kick and it couldn’t happen to a better kid.” What’s interesting was earlier in the game, Gulf Breeze got off schedule following a missed point-after kick by Zalar. That, however, didn’t matter. “I was pretty comfortable with it, actually,” Gulf Breeze quarterback Andy Creech said of Zalar’s deciding field goal. “He’s a good player; puts in a lot of time before practice, after practice. I mean, it was huge — huge. He deserves it.”

Decision on Jones still pending

Milton coach Chafan Marsh said that a decision on when, or if, suspended wide receiver Isaiah Jones can return to the team should be made at some point this week. Verbally committed to Florida State, Jones missed Friday night’s loss to Gulf Breeze after violating team and Florida High School Athletic Association rules. Jones entered the week with 21 catches for 345 yards and three touchdowns. “It’s been a tough week, I’ll be honest with you,” Marsh said. “I’m not 100 percent sure, but (the decision on Jones’ possible return) it could be (this week). I’m hoping, but I’m not sure yet.” Eagles rest players, cruise to victory Pine Forest’s 63-0 win over Washington was a completely dominant performance. But what made it even more impressive is that the Eagles did so while resting as many as nine starters. The Eagles took control from the outset with a kickoff return by Trebian Suggs and never took their foot off the pedal in rolling to the easy win. The players are expected back for the stretch run, but it shows the Eagles are stacked with depth at just about every position. “It shows those guys that are hurt, they need to get well,” Pine Forest coach Jerry Pollard said. “Because there’s guys behind them that can take their place in a heartbeat.”



Wednesday, September 26
Prep Insider: Escambia grounded despite good start
WFT 090212
Written by PNJ Sports Writer: Brady Aymond

The Escambia Gators are riding high these days. Not only did the Gators pick up their second consecutive win on Friday at Tate, they did so in dominant fashion. The Gators led 16-0 at halftime, and never let up in the second half in cruising to a 45-0 win over the Aggies. It led to a feeling of euphoria not felt on the Escambia sidelines in quite a long time — one that led to coach Willie Spears being doused with a Gatorade bath as the closing seconds ticked off the clock. Spears let the Gators enjoy the fruits of their labor but was prepared to keep them grounded come Monday. Only problem is, Spears never really got that chance. The Gators showed up to work on Monday just as hungry as the week before, certainly not acting like a team which thought it had accomplished all its goals. “Monday morning, they were asking for scouting reports (on Milton),” Spears said. “What formations do they line up in? What do they like to do with Dejon Funderburk? Where will Andre Flakes line up? All these questions, on a Monday. “We had our coaches meeting over the weekend and we were prepared to have to come in Monday and get on them. I was shocked with how well our kids handled the victory and the success.” Spears said a large reason for that is the reality of the situation. The Gators were 2-2 last year at this point, then lost six straight to end the season and finish 2-8. “We’re brutally honest with them,” Spears said. “The community is telling them how good they are right now. They’re hearing it on Facebook, in the PNJ, at home, at school. It’s my job to push them to where they couldn’t go (last year). “We’re 2-2, the same place we were last year. Last year at this time, we were 2-2 and we beat Tate and beat Rutherford. We’ve accomplished the same thing, in terms of wins and losses, as last year’s team to this point.” Go to the link to read the remainder of the article of other teams in the area.


Wednesday, March 14
Welcome Coach Willie Spears

New Gators coach taking over.

Escambia High names new football coach

Written by ...

Saturday, November 5
2011 Varsity Football Schedule

Click the buttons to read the game Summary or view the game video.

  9/02  
Away
West Florida
Tech




30 - 21

9/9
Away

Crestview

  



32 - 0 

9/16
Home
Rutherford
Panama City
.




21 - 24
 

9/23
Home
*Tate*
.




22 - 24

9/30
Away
*Milton*
.


Milton


14 - 6
 
 

10/07
Home
*Washington*

.

Washington


27 - 22 
 

10/14
 
Away
*Pace*
.
 

Pace
 

42 - 0 
 

 10/21 



O
P
E
N

10/28
Away
*Pine Forest*


 Pine Forest
 

56 - 7 
 
 

11/04
Home
*Pensacola*
 

PHS
 

 48 - 10
 

11/11
Home

Wakulla
Senior Night
.
 

 
35 - 7 

 



Saturday, October 29
2011 District Ranking Week 8
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Rank

Class 6A
District 1

District Overall PF PA Total
W L T W L T

1

 Pensacola  6  0  0  8  2  0 324  135  +189  

2 

 Pace  5   1   0  8   2   0  306  166  +140  

3 

 Pine ForestPine Forest  4  2  0  8  2  0 397  232  +165  

4 

 Milton  3  3  0  4  6  0 198  216  -18  

5 

 Washington  2  4  0  2  8  0 137 293  -156  

6 

 EscambiaEscambia  1  5  0  2  8  0 121  327  -206  

7 

 Tate  6  0  0 10  0 120  409  -289  
Click on the team helmet to open their schedule from FHSAA


Saturday, November 13
2010 District standings after week 11

Rank

Class 4 A   District 1

District
W    L    T

Overall
W    L    T

PF

PA

Total

1

Pine ForestPine Forest

5 0 0 8 2 0 295 159 +136
2

 Navarre

4 1 0 8 2 0 338 191 +147
3

 Pace

3 2 0 7 3 0 254 138 +116
4

Escambia Escambia

2 3 0 5 5 0 131 263 -132
5

 Tate

1 4 0 3 7 0 194 321 -127
6

  Milton

0 5 0 2 8 0 232 337 -103
Click on the Helmet to open each schools C2C Schools site.
PF = Points For / PA = Points against / Total = PF - PA


Friday, November 12
2010 Varsity Football Schedule

Click the buttons to read the game Summary or view the game video.

  9/03  
Home

Rutherford
Panama City





27-14

9/10
Home
West Florida
Tech





17-14

9/17
Home
Washington


Washington


To purchase a DVD of the game from COX, copies are $25. Please contact Sean Flynn at 850-314-8146.
14-7

9/24
Away

*Milton*

Milton 



24-22

 

10/01




O
P
E
N

10/08
Home
*Pace*

Hall of Fame
Pace



0-42

10/15
Away
Cathoilc


Catholic



13-27

 10/22 
Away
 
*Navarre*






7-51

10/29
Home
*Tate*

Homecoming




21-10

11/05
Away

*Pine    
Forest*

Pine Forest



8-35

11/12
Home

Pensacola

Senior Night
PHS



0-41  

* Denotes District Game*



Monday, September 21
Please look at the "Parent Volunteers needed" page
Workers Needed
We need your help!!  We have Civic Center events coming and need parents to help.  Look on the "Parent Volunteers needed" page and see the dates we are short on workers shown in red.  Call Brenda or me, or email me, to let me know that you can work an event.  We have to fill these dates to keep our club running!!!

Friday, June 4
Warm welcome for Emmitt Smith

Former NFL star home to film show about his life

Jason Blakeney • jblakeney@pnj.com • June 4, 2010

As the Escambia High School band played its fight song, Smith — a former Gator and soon-to-be Hall of Famer — made his way toward ESPN's Rick Reilly.

With a few hugs and several gator chomps along the way, the NFL's all-time leading rusher walked Thursday through a tunnel of Escambia cheerleaders and the school's JROTC to his seat on the set of "Homecoming with Rick Reilly."

Hundreds of fans filled the Escambia High gymnasium and watched as Smith's entire career was chronicled.

The two-hour program will air on ESPN on Aug. 5, only two days before the former Dallas Cowboys star is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

"I look at (being inducted into the Hall of Fame) as an opportunity to thank so many people who have been inspirational in my life," Smith said. "A lot of it began right here in this city. This city has blessed me tremendously with the foundation I have."

Many of those Smith wanted to thank were in the room Thursday. From his parents, to former Escambia High coach Dwight Thomas, to 26 of his former high school teammates, everyone got a chance to share in Smith's moment.

"He's the toughest kid I've ever coached," Thomas told the audience. "I've coached a lot of bigger, faster and stronger (players) but none as tough."

The former Florida Gators running back became emotional at several points during the program.

Tears rolled down his face as he talked about the importance of Walter Payton during his career and when he watched a replay of the play during which he broke the NFL career rushing record.

Smith became the most moved when given an opportunity to address his former high school teammates.

"You all know who I am," Smith said after taking several moments to wipe tears and catch his breath. "You all know where I come from. ... People come into our lives all the time. Sometimes they come to take, sometimes they come to give. Knowing that you guys are here, I don't ever have to worry about you taking, because you've already given me so much."

Those who could not attend — including his wife Pat, who cannot travel because she is pregnant — joined the show via satellite.

Former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin said his place in Canton will not be complete until Smith joins him.

"It can't be a Hall (of Fame) without Emmitt Smith," Irvin said. "He's the NFL's all-time leading rusher. And it's not just who he is on the field. He's a hall of famer off the field, too."

Former Cowboys fullback Darryl Johnston also joined the show on the giant video screen. Johnston blocked for Smith for 10 seasons in Dallas.

Reilly asked Smith if he'd be able to recognized Johnston's rear end after following him through so many holes in the opponents' defenses.

"Anywhere, anywhere," Smith joked. "He's got the greatest butt in the world except for my wife."

It was a celebration of Smith's career — a career that started on sandy football fields in Pensacola and carried him to NFL stardom.

"This is my home right here," Smith said. "This is where I come from."



Tuesday, August 25
2009 Varsity Football Schedule

Click the buttons to read the game Summary or view the game video.

  9/03  
Away

Rutherford
Panama City


 



46-7

9/11
Away
West Florida
Tech


 
 

20-12

9/18
Away
Washington


Washington
 
 

28-20

9/25
Home

*Milton*


Milton 

 

14-26

 

10/02




O
P
E
N

10/09
Away
*Pace*


Pace
 
 

10-31

10/16
Home
Cathoilc


Catholic
  
 

10-20

 10/23 
Home
 
*Navarre*
 


   
 

10-13

10/30
Away
*Tate*



     
 

26-35

11/06
Home

*Pine    
Forest*

Pine Forest
       
 

7-10

11/13
Away

Pensacola


PHS
     
 

7-27

* Denotes District Game*



Friday, January 23
2009 & 2010 State Football Series Assignments (Amended)

Escambia will be reclassified as 4A under the tentative assignment from FHSAA.

Here is the link for more info: 
» Amended reclassified districts (1/16):
click here
» Tentatively reclassified districts(12/15): click here
» Frequently asked questions (FAQ): click here
» Fall 2008 student population report: click here
                                                                                    Fall 2008
District 1   4A                                                    Student Population

Escambia 

       1956       

Tate

 

1944

Pace

1939

Pine Forest

1912

Navarre 

1837

Milton

1820



Saturday, October 18
2008 Varsity Football Schedule

Click the buttons to read the game Summary or view the game video.

  9/4  
Away

Tate




27-28

(8)

9/12
Away

Milton


Milton
 

41-7


RNN

(8)

9/19
Home
Pace


Pace

 28-23

(1)

(8)

9/26
Away

Alma
Bryant
High 
(Al)
 

27-14

10/3



OPEN

10/10
Away
Niceville


Niceville

31-13

 10/17
Home
Bay
Homecoming

Bay
 
54-0

 10/24 
Home

Washington


Washington
 

40-20

(1)

RNN

10/31
Home
Cathoilc


Catholic

21-14

(1)

RNN

11/7
Away

Pine
Forest

Pine Forest

31-10

(1)

 (8)

11/14
Home

Pensacola


PHS

30-7

(1)

RNN



Wednesday, September 24
View Game Photos and purchase

Panhandle Sports Broadcasting has established a photo area which allows you to view photos taken at our Freshmen, JV and Varsity games. You may purchase them for a varying price depending on the size and quality of the print.



Sunday, September 23
2007 Regular Season Schedule and Game Results

8/30
Home
Tate

tate

Win
30-8

9/7
Home

Milton
Milton

Lost
14-33

8/30
Away

Pace

Pace

Lost
14-54

9/21 
Home
Biloxi
Cancelled
 
9/28 
OPEN


 

10/5
Home
Niceville
Niceville

 Lost
7-42

10/12
Away
Bay
Bay

Win
26-20

10/19
Away
Washington
Washington

Lost
6-24
 

10/26
Away
Cathoilc
Catholic

Lost
28-30 

11/2
Home
Pine Forest
Pine Forest
 

 Lost
21-42
 

11/9
Away
Pensacola
PHS
 
 Lost
13-38 

Click on the underlined link and read the news article for that game.



Sunday, August 19
RNN Games of the week
Reality News Network or RNN Sports in Pensacola has set its schedule for its games of the week. Escambia will be on 2 times this year. The first will be Escambia at Washington on Oct 19th, the 2nd will be Nov 9th against Pensacola. Both games usually are broadcast the following Sundays.  I haven't check with RNN as to the cost of purchasing a copy of the games but last year they were $25.00 each.

Prep Football Finals
Check out the previous prep football finals on the WEAR TV 13 Web page if you can't stay up and watch the show you can view it over the net.

Enjoy


Saturday, September 25
2010 Football Season Sponsors

Pensacola Auto Depot
6240 North W Street
Pensacola, FL

www.pensacolaautodepot.com




 
 

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