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Game Played 10/19/2007 7:30PM  

Wildcats snap losing streak
Tommy McClammy
News Journal correspondent

It was Senior night at Wildcat Stadium, and the Washington football team gave its fans what they wanted to see: a win.

In a District 1-5A matchup of teams needing a spark to keeping their postseason hopes alive, the Wildcats stymied Escambia with a strong defensive effort. Washington blocked a punt for touchdown in the first quarter and held the Gators scoreless until the third quarter of a 24-6 win.

The Wildcats defense forced four Gator turnovers, sacked the quarterback three times and down the Gators offense.

"I was standing on the sidelines, looking across the field, knowing that Escambia was in the same situation as we were, not playing well, both needing a win," said Washington coach Chet Bergalowski, whose team improved to 2-5 (1-1). "I was thinking that this could be good ballgame for us, or it could be a knockdown, drag-out fight. It was just according to how bad we wanted it enough.

"This was an important win for us in district, and anything can happen."

Orlance Sangster recovered the blocked punt in the end zone to put the Wildcats ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.

"The blocked punt in the first quarter set the tempo for us and my guys on defense put it together, and I am very proud of them," Bergalowski said.

The score remained 7-0 until the second half, when Wildcats back Kadarius Jackson sprinted 25 yards to put his team up 14-0.

The only touchdown for Escambia (2-4, 0-2) came on a 59-yard run by Trent Richardson. The Wildcats blocked the extra point to keep their lead at 14-6.

Jackson scored his second touchdown in the fourth quarter, going up the middle for a one yard run to put the Wildcats ahead 21-6.

"I'm very proud of Kadarius Jackson," Bergalowski said. "We brought him up from junior varsity cause he was playing well, and he finally got the feel of breaking to the numbers."

Kirby Turnage put the exclamation point on the scoring by adding a 37-yard field goal in the final period.

At Washington


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First quarter
W—Orlance Sangster 0 blocked punt recovery (Kirby Turnage kick), 4:27

Third quarter
W—Kadarius Jackson 25 run (Turnage kick) 8:23
E—Trent Richardson 59 run (kick blocked) 5:41
W—Turnage 37 FG 0:41

Fourth quarter
W—Kadarius Jackson 1 run (Turnage kick) 2:17