Escambia High Gators: Pensacola High @ EHS **Senior Night**

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Game Played 11/14/2008 7:00PM  

Tigers top Trent, Gators
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Chuck Corder • News Journal correspondent • November 15, 2008
Kenyon Martin wishes Escambia was on the schedule every Friday night.
If he was that lucky, Martin might have stolen the well-deserved spotlight away from Escambia running back Trent Richardson this season like the Pensacola High receiver did this Friday.
Martin touched the ball twice in the Tigers' 30-7 romp over their rival. Yet those two plays resulted in back-breaking touchdowns on consecutive possessions that overlapped the third and fourth quarters.
"This is my second year at PHS after transferring from Woodham," said Martin, who had a 47-yard touchdown run and a 50-yard scoring reception from Tigers quarterback Kyle Lavoie. "So, I hadn't lost to Escambia. I wanted to keep that streak alive."
Mission accomplished.
In the process, Martin and Co. stretched their winning streak in the 49-year-old series with Escambia to seven games. That's the longest either team has owned the coveted Ye Olde Wash Boiler, awarded annually to this game's winner.
"We were going to do everything in our power to keep that tub on our side of the field," Martin said.
And by doing so, PHS (8-2) spoiled a fond farewell for Richardson, who was bottled up for most of the night except for two plays.
But, man, were those two special.
The first got the nation's top back across the 2,000-yard plateau for the season. After struggling early for yards, Richardson finally broke free with time winding down in the opening half. He busted up the gut, ran over a defender and then outran a few defenders before being brought down inside the PHS 10.
It was typical Richardson. Power, then speed. The signature run went for 34 yards, the exact number he needed coming into the night to reach the magic number.
The second was simply mind-boggling. Just when it appeared as though quarterback Anthony Porterfield would be brought down for a sack late in the third quarter, Richardson stripped the ball from his teammate and raced 51 yards.
"Any time I get the ball I try to make something happen," said a dejected Richardson, who finished with 124 yards and his team's lone score. "I hate to see those boys down. I want them to be up next year."
And perhaps that's why Richardson was not on the field for the final 2:25 on Friday.
It seemed awkward. A blue-chip recruit, watching his high school career end on the sidelines, helmet off, on one knee. But even Richardson admitted it's time to move on.
"I did (want to be out there), but at the same time, those guys have to get ready for next year," the Alabama commitment commented. "You know I'm going to play in all these All-American games, but there's nothing like playing with your boys at home."
Lavoie enjoyed that feeling most Friday. The senior threw for nearly 160 yards, ran for another 65 and accounted for three touchdowns.
"Coach told us before the game all these people paid their money to come see Trent. We were going to give them a reason to watch us."
Mission accomplished.
FIRST QUARTER
PHS—Kyle Pinor 29 FG 5:01
SECOND QUARTER
PHS—Damarious Randall 30 pass from Kyle Lavoie (Bobby McLaughlin kick), 11:15
E—Trent Richardson 3 run (Ryan Joyner kick), 0:48.
THIRD QUARTER
PHS—Kenyon Martin 47 run (McLaughlin kick), 3:15
FOURTH QUARTER
PHS—Martin 50 pass from Lavoie (McLaughlin kick) 9:03
PHS—Lavoie 2 run (kick failed) 2:26
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Score
Escambia

0

7

0

0

7

Pensacola

3

7

7

13

30