Escambia High Gators: Rutherford Rams: 54 - Escambia High Gators: 70

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Game Played 9/13/2013 7:00PM  

Escambia High rolls up 70 points in win
Written by; Pat McCann
Panama City News Herald

Panama City Bay couldn’t find a way to slow down Escambia or Danikeei Hollowell Friday night, and the Gators ran up the scoreboard on the Rams, 70-54.

It was the second straight week Escambia (3-0) ran around, past and through an opponent at Tommy Oliver Stadium. The Gators piled up 718 yards, and Hollowell broke Trent Richardson’s single-game rushing record of 419 yards with 443 yards and five touchdowns.
But Bay wasn’t an easy opponent. Escambia wasn’t able to take a decisive lead until holding the Rams scoreless in the third quarter while going ahead 50-38.
Rutherford gained 615 yards behind quarterback Dallas Davis, who passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a TD, while adding 190 yards on the ground. The Rams simply couldn’t slow down Escambia, which not only never had to punt but faced only one third down the entire game.
Hollowell was the dominant force in the game rushing 24 times for his record-breaking mark. He is on pace to break Richardson’s season rushing record, as well as NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith’s.
Equally as effective was Gerold Bright. He lined up at quarterback most of the game, was used as a running back in one situation and split wide and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Durant.
Bright added 202 yards rushing on just seven carries, sprinting 91 yards to score after Rutherford seemingly had the Gators pinned deep in the third quarter.
Rutherford, like Mosley last week, had little trouble negotiating Escambia’s defensive unit. The Rams led much of the first half, and still were on top 38-37 at halftime.
When Escambia forced their second punt of the game after a sack by Denarious Britt, however, the momentum swing the Gators way for good.
Davis never kept firing and wound up 16 of 34 for 238 yards. His TD passes were 40 yards to Fester Little, 43 yards to Emmanuel Little and 10 yards to Tre Holmes. His rushing total helped revive a long-dormant Rams’ running game that piled up 377 yards, JJ Willis with 81 yards on 11 carries and AJ Mackall with 68 yards on nine attempts.
Despite a fumble recovery by Wesley Dickey and interception by Aaron Hamilton in the first half, Rutherford’s inability to make any headway with Hollowell and the Gators’ offensive line was its undoing.
The outcome basically was decided when Hollowell sprinted 50 yards up the middle to open a 57-38 lead with 10:10 left in the game.
Rutherford never got closer than 64-54 with 3:29 left.