Escambia High Gators: Escambia High Gators: 29 - Pace Patriots: 28

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Game Played 10/12/2012 7:30PM  

Escambia escapes Pace for stunning upset
Written by PNJ Sports Writer: Jason Blakeney
Oct 12th 2012
In a game filled with big plays, it was Escambia’s Shaquille Rogers that made the biggest at Emmitt Smith Field on Friday night.
The senior receiver pulled down a 65-yard touchdown pass from fellow receiver T.J. Myers with only 44.7 seconds remaining to help lead the Gators past the Patriots, 29-28.
Trailing 28-21 after Pace’s Devin McWilliams blocked a punt and Tommy McMillion returned it for a touchdown, Escambia was in its hurry-up offense.
Facing second-and-15 from its own 35, Gators head coach Willie Spears went into his bag of tricks. It resulted in a touchdown.
Escambia quarterback Jake Durant threw a quick lateral to Myers who had lined up in the left slot. The receiver then pulled the ball down and threw it as far as he could.
A Pace defender had position on Rogers, but the senior went up and caught the ball, snatching it away. He then ran the final 30 yards for the score.
“I should have never caught that ball,” Rogers said. “I’m an aggressive receiver, so I’m going to get everything, I’m gonna get it.”
Myers, who also had an interception in the game, said he knew the play could work despite never having run the play before that snap.
“It was incredible,” Myers said. “I just put my mind to it. That’s what we practice for. You have to go out there and do it. When you have the opportunity to make a play, you’ve got to do it.”
The Gators then took the lead on a two-point conversion run from Danikiee Hollowell.
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before,” Durant said of the win. “We just kept our heads up and kept our faith in God and played hard.”
Pace had a final opportunity, but Escambia came up with its third turnover of the game when Jamal Bynum stripped the ball away and Kareem Moore fell on the loose ball.
“Our defense can play with anybody,” Escambia head coach Willie Spears said. “We don’t have the big names, we don’t have any guys with big Division-I, but they play together like a family. I think us coming together as a family helped us win this game tonight.”
Escambia, Milton, Pace, Pensacola High and Pine Forest now sit tied atop the District 1-6A standings.
Pace struck first when McMillion scored on a 24-yard scoop and score off an Escambia fumble, but the Gators came right back with a 71-yard touchdown run from Hollowell.
After a Pace fumble, the Gators scored again, this time on a 1-yard run by Hollowell, who finished the game with 136 yards on 19 carries.
A Quaide Weimerskirch 26-yard run then tied the game 14-14 headed into halftime.
Pace struck first in the third quarter on a 1-yard run by Stefon Hayles, but a bad snap on the extra point kept the lead at 20-14.
Escambia took the lead back on the final play of the third quarter when Durant scored on an 14-yard run on fourth down to set up the late drama.
“We had our chance, but they made some plays,” Pace coach Mickey Lindsey said. “We thought we had (the win) on the blocked punt, but they came back and drove the ball 80 yards to win the game. That’s all I can say.”

First Quarter
Pace—Tommy McMillion 24 fumble return (Ryan Santoso kick) 8:39
Escambia—Danikiee Hollowell 71 run (Patrick Mackovic kick) 7:26
Escambia—Hollowell 1 run (Mackovic kick) 5:13
Pace—Quaide Weimerskirch 26 run (Santoso kick) 0:04.3

Third Quarter
Pace—Stefon Hayles 1 run (run fail) 6:22
Escambia—Jake Durant 14 run (Mackovic kick) 0:00

Fourth Quarter
Pace—McMillion 35 block punt return (J.C. Curry pass from Daniel Smyers) 2:03
Escambia—Shaquille Rogers 65 pass from T.J. Myers (Hollowell run) 0:44.7


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

14

0

7

8

29

Pace

14

0

6

8

28