Escambia High Gators: Schedules and Varsity Game Summary

PHS downs Escambia in washtub wallop
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Ye Olde Wash Boiler stays with PHS after 41-0 defeat of Escambia
D.C. Reeves • • November 13, 2010

Pensacola High has dominated this rivalry for a while now. It only took 30 seconds to see why.

The game's opening sequence proved prophetic — and became a quick nail in the coffin — as the Tigers stomped Escambia 41-0 at Emmitt Smith Field on Friday night. Ranked No. 2 in the Class 3A poll entering the playoffs, PHS retains the Ye Olde Wash Boiler with its ninth straight win in the series.

"I hope we're starting to peak right now on both sides of the football," said PHS coach Mike Bennett, whose team broke a school record with its 24th consecutive win. The Tigers own the second-longest active win streak in the state of Florida behind Cocoa's 34 straight victories.

"I'm excited about our team," Bennett said. "We're starting to play really well."

The Tigers (10-0) started this one off better than their head coach could have hoped.

On the second play from scrimmage, PHS forced an Escambia fumble, falling on the football at the Gators' 42. The Tigers' offense trotted out, gave the ball to running back Jimmy Threat and watched him scamper to the end zone, making it 6-0 just 30 seconds into the game.

On the ensuing kickoff, PHS forced another Escambia fumble. Five plays later, quarterback Jalen Spencer scored from a yard out, giving the Tigers a 12-0 lead.

Just 2:47 into the game, that was plenty of cushion for a defense that hasn't allowed more than 17 points in more than two years.

"We were hyped. Everybody was ready for this game," said PHS defensive tackle Charles Snider, part of a unit that forced four Gator turnovers in the first quarter alone. "It was great defense. Everybody was hustling, we did what we had to do and everybody was doing their job. Our expectation is to go out there, give it our all and win the ballgame. That's what we did."

A field goal and two more rushing scores in the second quarter extended the PHS advantage to 28-0 at the half, a lead that allowed Bennett to rest most of his starters after the first series of the third quarter.

One of those starters, Threat, carried 13 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. He paced a rushing attack that racked up 311 yards on the night. Defensively, the Tigers held Escambia (5-5) to just 54 yards of total offense and zero passing yards. Both of those statistics bode well for a team that will host Jacksonville Andrew Jackson in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs next week.

All told, PHS brings a new school record, momentum and a rusty old washtub into the postseason.

"It means a lot, and it means a lot to our kids," Bennett said. "But our ultimate prize is to win a state championship. It's nice to break records. Someone is going to come along sometime and break this one, but hopefully we can keep it going and get to Orlando somehow."
First Quarter
PHS - Jimmy Threat 42 run (kick failed), 11:30.
PHS - Jalen Spencer 1 run (pass failed), 9:13.

Second Quarter
PHS - Paxton Lyons 29 FG, 9:38.
PHS - Spencer 4 run (Lyons kick), 3:11.
PHS - Quan Johnson 10 run (kick failed), 0:53.

Third Quarter
PHS - Jonathan Bennett 1 run (Lyons kick), 6:56.
PHS - Billy Crenshaw 6 pass from Larry Davis (kick failed), 1:08.

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