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West Florida edges Escambia in opener
Written by PNJ Reporter Jason Blakeney
The last man standing won.

With players dropping like flies, cramping up from a humid night at Emmitt Smith Field, West Florida High’s depth proved crucial down the stretch, and the Jaguars held on for a 9-7 win against Escambia on Friday night.
The Jaguars completed passes to seven different receivers, led by Lawrence Lee with seven catches for 100 yards, but West Florida coach Harry Lees said the Jaguars weren’t looking to spread it around — they were just looking for guys who could run.
“I think it’s good (team’s can’t focus on Lawrence),” Lees said. “The thing is, we have athletes, but the second half we were just looking for fresh legs. It wasn’t the coverage or anything else. It was just like, who can run 10 yards?
“No, it wasn’t what we were expecting offensively. We expected to come out and do our thing, but hats off to Escambia. They played their butts off, and I guess maybe we were too cocky; I don’t know. Now, we just need to regroup and get focused on Washington.”
Neither team was able to get in rhythm offensively, with both defenses getting pressure all night.
West Florida, though, was able to put together a solid drive during the first quarter, going 77 yards in 12 plays on a drive capped by a 5-yard run from Lee.
The do-everything running back/receiver had 74 rushing yards to go with his 100 yards receiving.
The Jaguars added a field goal during the third quarter when Luke Jackson connected from 32 yards out to make it 9-0.
But just when it looked like West Florida was going to run away with it, Escambia’s Danikee Hollowell busted up the middle for an 80-yard touchdown run.
The two teams went back and forth during the final quarter, fighting cramps and the humidity. A fumble on Escambia’s final possession was recovered by Demetrius Smith to seal the game.
“The defense played a tremendous game,” Escambia coach Willie Spears said. “You can’t ask for any more from them. Offensively, we just didn’t get it done. ... Great effort, great first showing.”
It was an effort that surprised West Florida.
“That’s not what we were expecting,” Lees said. “The biggest thing I was worried about was the humidity. I knew coming out for the second half we were looking sluggish.
“We’ve really gotta press on and get in shape, whether we have to run sprints or just have to go faster in practice or whatever.”
First quarter
WF—Lawrence Lees 5 run (kick blocked) 1:41
Third quarter
WF—Luke Jackson 32 FG 1:55
ESC—Danikee Hollowell 80 run (Patrick Mackovic kick) 1:43
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

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7

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7

W Florida Tech

6

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3

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