Escambia High Gators: Schedules and Varsity Game Summary

Milton hangs on to top Escambia
Written by PNJ Sports Writer: Jason Blakeney

Milton High head coach Chafan Marsh has talent at the skill positions, the problem was the Panthers weren’t getting the ball in their hands.
That changed Friday night at Emmitt Smith Field as the Panthers knocked off the Escambia Gators, 30-22, by finding ways to get the ball to their playmakers.
“This game was huge for us,” Marsh said. “It was huge for this team after two tough losses. This is the kind of game we lost to Crestview and to Pensacola High School. But we found a way to win this game. This was huge for our program.”
Dejon Funderburk scored a pair of touchdowns, and Isaiah Jones and Roy Wise each found the end zone once in the win.
“That’s what we’ve got to do offensively,” Marsh said. “Early in the game, Bobby Green made a big catch for us, Andre (Flakes) made some plays for us — that’s what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”
Funderburk was unstoppable with the ball in his hands, scoring both times he touched it.
Already up 2-0 after a safety, Funderburk extended that lead with a 15-yard run on a speed sweep.
After Escambia took the lead with a fumble return for a touchdown from Jamal Bynum and a 46-yard burst from Danikiee Hollowell, it was Wise’s turn.
The running back weaved his way through the left side of the Gators’ defense to put Milton ahead 16-15 at the half.
Funderburk got his second touch of the game on the Panthers’ opening drive of the third quarter.
Quarterback Cody Lowe threw up a jump ball along the right sideline, and Funderburk reached over the Escambia defender to come down with the ball.
He outran the Gators to the right pylon to make it 23-15.
Jones capped the Panthers’ scoring early in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run, using the same speed sweep Funderburk scored on during the first quarter.
But Ecambia wasn’t done. The Gators used nine plays to drive 80 yards, capped by an 18-yard run from Hollowell to make it 30-22.
The Escambia defense did its job, getting the ball back to the offense with just more than 3 minutes to go.
Hollowell took his team from its own 8 to the Milton 21 before an Escambia pass was intercepted by Milton’s Drew Manning inside the 10.
Manning cut in front of the Escambia receiver and did a nice job of getting both feet down in bounds to seal the game.
“We made too many mistakes to win, unfortunately,” Escambia’s first-year head coach Willie Spears said. “When you go back and look at it, we had more turnovers than they had. We had more penalties than they had.
“When you’re young, you can’t beat yourself. Good teams don’t beat themselves, and we’re not there yet.”
Milton (3-2, 1-1 District 1-6A) now will travel to Tate next Friday. Escambia (2-3, 1-1) travels to Washington the same night.
Bynum had the 25-yard fumble return and a sack for Escambia.
Daniel Garcia led the Gators in receiving with three receptions for 62 yards.
Hollowell finished the game with 191 yards on 25 carries.
“Danikiee Hollowell is a grown man,” Spears said. “I think he’s one of the best backs in this area.”
Wise led the rushing effort for Milton with 53 yards on nine carries. Jones pulled down five passes for 69 yards and added 32 yards rushing.
Lowe, who played nearly the entire game at quarterback after Flakes started under center, threw for 198 yards on 11-of-21 passing. He completed passes to four different receivers.
“We showed a little poise and a little confidence,” Marsh said. “We had to come back and we came back to win this football game.”

First Quarter
MHS—Safety, 6:05
MHS—Dejon Funderburk 15 run (Brandon Miller kick) 4:59
EHS—Jamal Bynum 25 fumble return (Patrick Mackovic kick) 1:55

Second Quarter
EHS—Danikiee Hollowell 46 run (Hollowell run) 10:26
MHS—Roy Wise 19 run (Miller kick) 6:06

Third Quarter
MHS—Funderburk 40 pass from Cody Lowe (Miller kick) 8:29

Fourth Quarter
MHS—Isaiah Jones 13 run (Miller kick) 11:09
EHS—Hollowell 18 run (Mackovic kick) 7:28

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score