Escambia High Gators: Schedules and Varsity Game Summary

Tigers' Hill Tops Gators
D.C. Reeves
dcreeves@pnj.com

As far as playing style, the 48th running of the Pensacola High-Escambia rivalry probably wasn't much different than the first.
Running being the key word.
With the top two rushers in the Bay Area squaring off, PHS added another dent to the coveted Ye Olde Wash Boiler, bruising the Escambia defense with 430 rushing yards on its way to a 38-13 win at Jim Scoggins Field on Friday night.
Behind the speedy duo of tailback Vincent Hill and quarterback Keldric White, the Tigers (8-2) tallied 297 yards and three rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.
"Our offensive line did really great," said Hill, who won the Bay Area rushing title with his 19 carry, 168-yard, two-touchdown game. "We practiced really hard for this game. We knew it was going to be a battle between the two top rushers."
It was, at least early on.
Escambia standout Trent Richardson ­— who entered the game 12 yards ahead of Hill for the Bay Area rushing lead — broke a 63-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter that gave the Gators a 13-12 edge.
But the junior ended with 97 yards and had both Escambia touchdowns on just 12 carries.
"Vince is a great back, and they've got a great back in Trent," PHS head coach Mike Bennett said. "I felt like we had to run the football tonight, keep the ball away from their offense ... it was really dealing with Richardson. He's one of the best we've seen in a long, long time. But Vince is pretty doggone good himself."
After surrendering the lead on Richardson's long score, PHS responded with White's three-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter and built a halftime cushion with Hill's two-yard scamper, which made it 24-13 Tigers.
Hill - who played at Woodham last season — was happy to get the head-to-head shot with Richardson in the season finale.
"(Last week), I only played the first half, so (Richardson) edged me out," Hill said. "I just felt I had to prove myself."
PHS opened the half with a seven-play drive capped by another Hill touchdown, this one from nine yards out. Kenyon Martin's 37-yard touchdown with 9:55 to go in the game put it out of reach, making it 38-13.
White finished with 145 yards rushing while Martin totaled 64 yards. Both had two touchdowns apiece.
The Ye Olde Wash Boiler, awarded yearly to the winner of the PHS-Escambia game, will stay in the hands of the Tigers for the sixth consecutive season. PHS now leads the series 28-19-1.
White and Hill, two of 24 PHS seniors honored on Senior Night, once again played large roles in their coach's game plan.
"It's a great group of seniors, but the only thing is they all want the ball all the time," Bennett joked. "Our offenses line's goal was to outrush (Escambia) tonight, and our defensive goal was to stop Trent. You know, we did the best we could."
At Pensacola High

Pensacola High 38, Escambia 13
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

13

0

0

0

13

Pensacola

12

12

7

7

38


First quarter
E - Trent Richardson 2 run (kick failed) 10:23
P - Keldric White 49 run (kick failed) 8:56
P - Kenyon Martin 13 run (kick failed) 2:10
E - Trenton Richardson 63 run (Parker Macintosh kick) 1:17

Second quarter
P - White 3 run (pass failed) 7:20
P - Vincent Hill 2 run (pass failed) :20

Third quarter
P - Hill 9 run (Brenton Goodman kick) 9:25

Fourth quarter
P - Martin 37 run (Bobby McLaughin kick) 9:55