Escambia High Gators: Schedules and Varsity Game Summary

Escambia bulldozes Washington
Written by PNJ Writer: Matt Foster

The Escambia Gators defeated the Washington Wildcats 25-9 in what turned out to be a sloppy District 1-6A game on Friday night at Sherman Robinson Stadium.
The teams combined to lose six fumbles and committed 14 total penalties.
“We didn’t play well,” first-year Escambia head coach Willie Spears said. “We’re still trying to heal up.
“But we won.”
Despite the turnovers and flags, Escambia took advantage of a porous Washington defense, running the ball up the middle most of the night.
The Gators attempted only one pass in the first half and four total passes in the game.
“We have to get back to our brand of defense,” first-year Washington coach Craig Laborde said. “On offense, we moved the ball. ... We would get close and then shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Escambia set the tone early as Airion Wallace opened the game with a 97-yard kickoff return to put the Gators on the board only seconds into the contest.
With two minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Wildcats answered back with a 6-yard TD run from Terik Miller.
Washington would miss the extra point attempt, keeping the score, 7-6.
On the next series, Escambia turned a fourth-and-two attempt into a 44-yard touchdown run by sophomore Felton Jackson.
The only other score of the first half came on a Washington field goal in the second quarter, and Escambia led 13-9 at the half
The tempo changed in the second half, as Washington’s defense seemed to crumble in the face of the Gators running game, giving up two touchdowns in the third quarter.
The Washington offense also struggled in the second half and was shut out in the final two quarters.
Danikiee Hollowell, who finished the game with 225 yards, starting the second half’s scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run. Just before the end of the third quarter, Escambia quarterback Jake Durant gave the game its final score with a 7-yard touchdown run.
Laborde said his team’s demeanor has to improve if the Wildcats are going to start winning games.
“Unfortunately, losing has been part of the culture at Washington,’ Laborde said. “I think, sometimes, the kids go out wanting to win but expecting to lose.”
With the win, Escambia (3-3 overall) improves to 2-1 in District 1-6A as it prepares for next week’s game against district-leading Pace (5-1, 3-0 in 1-6A).
“I read where (Pace coach Mickey) Lindsey doesn’t ever want to say it’s a ‘must-win’ game,” Spears said. “For us, next week is a must-win game.
“If we play like we played tonight, we’ll lose to Pace.”

First Quarter
Escambia – Airion Wallace 97 kickoff return (Patrick Mackovic kick), 11:44.
Washington – Terik Miller 6 run (kick fail), 2:14.
Escambia – Felton Jackson 44 run (kick fail), 1:51

Second Quarter
Washington – Evan Sheltry 5 FG, 4:21.

Third Quarter
Escambia – Danikiee Hollowell 30 run, (run fail), 5:12.
Escambia – Jacob Durant 7 run (kick fail), 0:41.

Fourth Quarter
No scoring.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

13

0

12

0

25

Washington

9

3

0

0

9