Escambia High Gators: Schedules and Varsity Game Summary

Milton snaps skid with win over Escambia
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Written by PNJ reporter Brady Aymond

For a half of football, it was starting to look like the same-old, same-old for Milton.

But something changed at halftime.
The Panthers came out looking like a completely different team in the second half, shaking off a sluggish start to end a three-game losing skid with a 14-6 win over Escambia.
Milton (2-3, 1-1) scored two third-quarter touchdowns to erase a 6-0 halftime deficit, then turned to its proven defense the rest of the way to earn the District 1-6A win.
"The kids just started playing a little bit harder; a little bit tougher," Milton coach Chafan Marsh said. "Defense stepped up. We started playing better as a team in the second half.
"We stopped doubting ourselves and started believing in ourselves. And we started making a few plays and that was the difference in the ballgame."
Escambia was playing without head coach Scott Anderson and assistant coach Tim Jansky, who were placed on administrative leave earlier in the day, pending an investigation into allegations they tried to intimidate a football player into not pursing criminal charges against another player.
"Coaches preach to their players that bad stuff will happen," said defensive coordinator Kerry McDowell, who was serving as interim head coach. "Every single person in this stadium has bad stuff that they have to go home to and deal with. It's just another life lesson.
"Obviously, it was a shock to them. These kids deal with tough stuff, just like us grownups. We've had to deal with illness. We've had to deal with deaths of a student. And they did their very best to overcome that hurdle tonight."
Early on, it looked like the Gators (2-3, 1-1) would clear that hurdle with ease as they took their opening possession down the field and jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on Deavious Ghee-Moton's 21-yard scamper. The PAT was blocked to keep it 6-0.
It remained that way for the remainder of the first half, with neither offense being able to get anything going.
That all changed just a few minutes into the second half, as the Milton defense forced a quick three-and-out.
The Panthers' offense, which has been struggling all season, finally showed signs of life as quarterback Paul Young engineered a 6-play, 45-yard scoring drive to put the Panthers ahead for good.

Young called his own number, scrambling in from 11 yards out for the score. Kai Greene tacked on the extra point to give Milton a 7-6 lead.
A few minutes later, the stout Milton defense forced another three-and-out. The Panthers gave it right back, though, as Young was picked off by Travonte Myers back at the Gators' 9-yard line.
Two plays later, though, the Gators gave it right back as Ghee-Moton fumbled the ball back over to the Panthers.
This time, the Panthers took advantage as they drove the short distance to take a 14-6 lead on Andre Flakes' 5-yard touchdown run.
"The defense has been stepping up for us all year long," said Young, who led the Panthers with 61 yards rushing and a score. "They've kept us in every game, and it was time for us to repay them tonight."
First Quarter
E - Deavious Ghee-Moton 21 run (kick blocked), 4:28.
Third Quarter
M - Paul Young 9 run (Kai Greene kick), 7:52.
M - Andre Flakes 5 run (Greene kick), 2:22.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

6

0

0

0

6

Milton

0

0

14

0

14