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Niceville marches past Escambia
Jason Blakeney • jblakeney@pnj.com • October 11, 2008
NICEVILLE—The best way to stop Escambia High running back Trent Richardson is to keep him off the field.
Quarterback Rick Whiddon and the Niceville offense did just that, producing a ball-control style and finishing lengthy drives with touchdowns in a 31-13 victory at the Eagles' stadium.
Niceville made at least one first down on each offensive possession. The Eagles had scoring drives of three, nine, 10, 13 and 14 plays.
The Eagles' speed proved difficult for the Gators as Whiddon and running backs Roy Finch and Stephen Haynes made their way to the corner on several plays, outrunning the Escambia defense.
"Defensively, it was atrocious tonight," Escambia coach Jimmy Nichols said. "We weren't almost atrocious. We were atrocious."
Niceville opened the third quarter with the ball and a 17-13 lead. The Eagles marched down the field, running on 10 of the drive's 14 plays. Niceville gained 7 yards or more five times during the possession and finished in the end zone of a 2-yard dive by Finch.
The speedster added a 3-yard plunge on the Eagles' next drive to give the game its final score.
Finch finished the game with 18 carries for 105 yards. Whiddon gained 13 yards on 114 carries. The duo also hooked up twice for 42 yards and a touchdown.
When Richardson was able to get his hands on the ball, he was effective, rushing 22 times for 119 yards and a touchdown. The 119 yards gives the Alabama commit 981 yards on the season.
He likely will eclipse the 1,000-yard mark next Friday at home against Panama City Bay.
Nichols said, despite consecutive convincing losses, he's not ready to give up on this team.
"We're young," Nichols said. "We're real young. We've only got four seniors on the field. Immaturity really shows in games like these. I'm not giving up on them. They know that they did wrong tonight. I'm going to keep their heads up, and we're going to keep working."
Richardson got the scoring started on Escambia's opening drive when he rushed his way in off right tackle.
Escambia had its chances. The Gators missed a field goal and failed to take advantage of a blocked punt before the half. The defense also jumped offside twice — once on third down and once on fourth down — to give the Niceville offense a new set of downs.
"We had our chances," Nichols said. "We really had our chances. If we take it in (after the blocked punt) we make a ball game out of it. We didn't. We didn't capitalize when we needed to."
The win sends Niceville to 1-0 in District 1-5A and keeps the Eagles (6-0) perfect on the season.
Escambia falls to 0-1 in the district and 2-3 on the season.
"We've got to beat Pine Forest and Washington," Nichols said. "That's it. Period. We're not out of it until we're out of it."

First Quarter
E—Trent Richardson 3 run (Tim Brown kick), 4:50
N—Ray Finch 35 pass from Rick Whidden (Reed White kick), 1:29
Second Quarter
N—Whidden 26 run (White kick) 10:00
E—Quay Dirden 9 pass from Anthony Porterfield (kick blocked), 8:08
N—White 27 FG, 0:00
Third Quarter
N—Finch 2 run (White kick), 6:32
Fourth Quarter
N—Finch 3 run (White kick), 10:30
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

7

6

0

0

13

Niceville

7

10

7

7

31



 
 

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