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Gators wake up, top 'Cats
03 Wash 03
Washington, Escambia take snoozer into OT
Chuck Corder • News Journal correspondent • September 18, 2010

Football coaches love their clichés.
But the old adage, "it's not how you start, but how you finish," never rang truer than on Friday night on Emmitt Smith Field as Escambia held on 14-7 against Washington in overtime.

An absolute snooze-fest all night, the alarm clock sounded in the final 13 seconds when 14 points were scored on consecutive plays of 60 and 90 yards — the latter as time expired.

"That was ugly. I'm not sure you can quite print how ugly I thought that was," said first-year Gators coach Scott Anderson, who remains perfect. "It wasn't a pretty game, but it'll still be listed as a 'W.' "
least for Escambia.

Led by a pair of bruising runs from Michael Travis, Joey Cannon dove in from a yard out as the Gators (3-0) won in the overtime period.

"I love my offensive line," Cannon said. "I knew I was crossing (the goal line). It was hard, but that's what being a leader is all about."

The Wildcats (0-3) failed to send the contest into an additional frame when backup quarterback Najee James' pass slipped through the outstretched hands of Logan Hill.

Both offenses turned the ball over multiple times in regulation. Both teams had penalties that stalled and negated scoring drives, including numerous personal fouls.

It felt like the first team to cash in on its opportunity would escape with the victory.

With time ticking away and less than 25 seconds to go, Escambia made the most of its golden chance. On second-and-16 from his own 40, Cannon threw a bomb for favorite target Shamarae Watts. The ball dropped into Watts' awaiting mitts and he glided into the end zone with 13.3 seconds showing.

"We put the ball right where we wanted to there," Anderson said. "Everything was positive at that point."

Pay attention to those last three words. Seconds later, on the ensuing kickoff, Wildcats star Gary Brooks picked up a bouncing ball at his own 10.

He knifed his way through the middle, as precious seconds quickly trickled off the clock.

"We had a break in coverage," Anderson said.

Brooks found that break and sprinted up the Escambia sideline. At this point, it was apparent time was going to expire and Washington would have no chance to run a play. There was only one thing for Brooks to do: score. He did.

"Gary is a big-time player," first-year Washington coach Michael Smith said. "He made a mistake earlier and I knew it was just a matter of time before he'd make up for it."

Unfortunately, Brooks — and the Wildcats — didn't have another miracle up his white sleeves in overtime.

Fourth Quarter
E -- Shamarae Watts 60 pass from Joey Cannon (John Cagle) 0:13.3.
W -- Gary Brooks 90 kickoff return (Logan Hill kick) 0:00

Overtime
E -- Cannon 1 run (Cagle kick).

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th

 OT

Score
Escambia

0

0

0

7

 7

14

Washington

0

0

0

7

 0

7 



 
 

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