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Tigers turn up the heat, keep Ye Olde Wash Boiler for 10th y
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Written by PNJ Reporter Jason Blakeney

What a difference a halftime chat can make.

After sleepwalking through the first 24 minutes of football, Pensacola High came out firing in the second half and rolled to a 48-10 win against Escambia at Emmitt Smith Field on Friday night.
Freshman running back Kevon Abrams had 152 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns — all in the second half — and Damarius Travis ran for three scores and threw for another to lead the Tigers.
"I just told them how bad we were playing," Pensacola High coach Mike Bennett said of his halftime speech. "It was really bad on both sides (of the ball). You know, I think we just thought we were going to wear that maroon helmet onto the field and win the game. But Escambia came to play. You know, the second half, after a little stern talking to, they played a whole lot better."
The win secures the Ye Olde Wash Boiler for the 10th consecutive season and takes the Tigers (8-1, 6-0) through the 2011 season without a loss in District 1-6A.
Pensacola High will travel to Choctawhatchee next Friday for the regular-season finale. The Indians then will pile in the bus and head to Jim Scoggins Stadium the following Friday to face Pensacola High in the opening weekend of the playoffs.
"Who cares? We're just glad we're in the playoffs" Bennett said of having to play Choctaw two weeks in a row. "We played Choctaw twice last year, and we know it's going to be a battle. If it's two times, it'll just be two times."
The Tigers looked like anything but a playoff team in the first half, committing multiple penalties to keep Escambia's offense on the field and failing to convert a single first down in the first two quarters. In all, the Pensacola offense ran only 10 offensive plays in the first half, gaining 17 yards.
Escambia (2-7, 1-5), meanwhile, was leaning on its running game, controlling the clock and keeping the Pensacola High offense on the sideline.
Mistakes, though, would be the Gators' undoing.
Leading 3-0 with less than 7 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Escambia defense forced a three-and-out from PHS. Punter Blake Norward sent a high spiral inside the Escambia 20, and when the Gators' returner dropped the ball, the Tigers were able to run down the ball at the Escambia 1.
On the next play, Damarius Travis scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns.

After a three-and-out by the Gators, Pensacola High's Marcus Knight fielded a punt at the Escambia 38. Knight made a couple of Gators miss, then headed down the left sideline for the score.
After the break, the PHS offense got down to business.
Travis scored rushing touchdowns from 6 and 4 yards to extend the PHS lead to 28-3 entering the fourth quarter.
Escambia's Jonarious Grimsley — who finished the game with 82 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards — gave the Gators life with a 59-yard run for a score.
But Travis quickly put the game away, finding receiver Shaquille Bush with a 45-yard touchdown strike on the next play to put the game out of reach. Travis finished with 55 yards passing and 89 yards rushing in his first game as the Tigers' starting quarterback.
"It started off a little shaky, but it's just a matter of getting confidence," Bennett said of Travis' play. "He'll get more confidence as we go on, and he'll be better next week. I think he'll be great for the playoffs."
Shane Sanders helped set up the Tigers' offense in the second half, pulling down a pair of big interceptions. After that, the Tigers' offensive line took over, driving the Escambia linemen off the ball and opening holes for the Tigers' ball carriers.
Abrams scored the game's final two touchdowns on runs of 20 and 60 yards, respectively.
"He's a freshman, and we just brought him up (from junior varsity). He's got great speed, and he's going to be a great player for us," Bennett said. "He's got a lot to learn, but the only way to learn is to get in and play some."
Pensacola High 48, Escambia 10
PHS 0 14 14 20—48
Escambia 0 3 0 7—10
Second Quarter
E - Raphael Binder 41 FG, 7:53.
P - Damarius Travis 1 run (Paxton Lyon kick), 6:43.
P - Marcus Knight 38 punt return (Lyons kick), 5:07.
Third Quarter
P - Travis 6 run (Lyons kick), 4:12.
P - Travis 4 run (Lyons kick), 0:37.
Fourth Quarter
E - Jonarious Grimsley 59 run (Binder kick), 10:46.
P - Shaquille Bush 45 pass from Travis (Lyons kick), 10:38.
P - Kevon Abrams 20 run (Lyons kick), 6:48.
P - Abrams 60 run (no PAT attempt), :00.
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