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Patriots pummel Gators in 42-0 rout
05 Pace 03
D.C. Reeves • dcreeves@pnj.com • October 9, 2010

Coming off a huge road win against state-ranked Niceville last week, Pace head coach Mickey Lindsey was worried about a letdown.
His team washed away that concern before halftime.

Already looking like one of the hottest teams in the state entering its District 1-4A game against Escambia, Pace, ranked No. 6 in the Class 4A poll, kept the momentum going with a stress-free 42-0 win at Emmitt Smith Field on Friday night.

"It's district," said Pace running back Richard Carrion, who became the first area back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark with his 100 rushing yards against the Gators. "It was a district game. We knew they were going to come out fired up, so we wanted to play with a chip on our shoulders. We just had it in our mind that what we did to Niceville last week, anyone can do to us. So we thought about that, and we weren't going to let that happen."
After a turnover on downs on the Patriots' first possession, it was vintage Pace the rest of the way. A bruising running game and stout defense was complimented further by a perfect 8-of-8 passing day from quarterback Devon Varney. The Patriots (4-1, 2-0) would score on its other four possessions in the first half on the way to a 28-0 halftime lead.

"It was a district game, I was really concerned coming in," Lindsey said. "But the guys, they've really matured, they're getting better every week. It was a big win for us."

Varney, who totaled 147 passing yards for the game, found receiver Patrick Maddox on a 57-yard touchdown strike that made it 21-0 with 4:46 to go in the half. Maddox finished with a season-high six catches for 106 yards and the touchdown.

"I think the pass to Maddox was the one that really broke it open for us." Lindsey said. "We were just running the football, doing what we do, and the guys just picked it up a little bit. Our kids played hard."

Pace's bread and butter, the ground attack, racked up 201 rushing yards. Carrion carried it 23 times for 100 yards and a touchdown while Austin Autrey had 18 carries for 86 yards and two scores. With the game on cruise control, Autrey and Alex Brandt chipped in three-yard rushing scores in the second half to make it 42-0.

"Those running backs help me so much, they really take the pressure off me," Varney said. "And our offensive line, I'm saying they're best in the state. No doubt."

The Pace defense followed suit, holding Escambia (4-1, 1-1) to 48 total yards in the first half, forcing two punts and two interceptions on the Gators' four possessions. Escambia could only muster 70 total yards for the game.

With the shutout, the Patriots are allowing just 7.8 points a game so far, which ranks second in the area behind Pensacola High's 5.3 points allowed.

"This team right now, we had so much confidence coming into this game," Varney said. "We're working hard at practice, we're not settling for less. We can only keep going up from here. We can't look back."

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If anything, district wins by Pace and Pine Forest on Friday could cause a look ahead. The stage is now set for a District 1-4A mega matchup between the teams at Pace on Oct. 22. Both are tied for the district lead at 2-0 and it will stay that way as both have non-district road games next week.

With such a tidy victory, maybe Lindsey doesn't have anything to worry about.

"We'll find something when we watch the film," Lindsey said with a smile. "I guarantee that."
"Those running backs help me so much, they really take the pressure off me," Varney said. "And our offensive line, I'm saying they're best in the state. No doubt."
The Pace defense followed suit, holding Escambia (4-1, 1-1) to 48 total yards in the first half, forcing two punts and two interceptions on the Gators' four possessions. Escambia could only muster 70 total yards for the game.

With the shutout, the Patriots are allowing just 7.8 points a game so far, which ranks second in the area behind Pensacola High's 5.3 points allowed.

"This team right now, we had so much confidence coming into this game," Varney said. "We're working hard at practice, we're not settling for less. We can only keep going up from here. We can't look back."

If anything, district wins by Pace and Pine Forest on Friday could cause a look ahead. The stage is now set for a District 1-4A mega matchup between the teams at Pace on Oct. 22. Both are tied for the district lead at 2-0 and it will stay that way as both have non-district road games next week.

With such a tidy victory, maybe Lindsey doesn't have anything to worry about.

"We'll find something when we watch the film," Lindsey said with a smile. "I guarantee that."

Second Quarter
P - Austin Autrey 6 run (kick failed), 11:53.
P - Patrick Maddox 57 pass from Devon Varney (Maddox run), 4:46.
P - Mitchell Cowan 3 run (Ryan Santoso kick), 2:38.
P - Richard Carrion 3 run (Santoso kick), 0:17.

Third Quarter
P - Autrey 3 run (Santoso kick), 4:44.

Fourth Quarter
P - Alex Brandt 3 run (Santoso kick), 10:22.


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

0

0

0

0

0

Pace

0

28

7

7

42




 
 

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