Stunning start to seasonPublished 8:49am Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What a sight it was Friday night when the Escambia County Blue Devils stunned T.R. Miller.
The game that had just taken place was incredible from start to finish.
Both teams put all of their effort into pulling out a victory, but only one team could come away with the “W.”
Players were making plays on offense and defense with some doing it on both sides of the ball.
Neiko Williams was hitting holes and making amazing grabs.
Marshall Rolin made tackles when they counted, and gave Rico Stallworth another easy target to hit.
Tyler Nero and Dalvin Craft did their best to control the line of scrimmage to hold back the powerful Tigers rushing attack.
The teams battled and battled into overtime.
The finish in itself could not have been written any better for a book or a movie.
Down 34-27 with a fourth and one situation from the one yard line in overtime with the game on the line, Stallworth put everything on the line to get into the end zone.
Once in the end zone, it seemed as if the world began moving in slow motion as players lined up and calls came in.
Then the ball was snapped and within a few quick seconds it was over.
With everyone on both sides wondering was he in or did they stop him.
It was quickly answered that Stallworth had found his way in again for the two-point conversion, and the celebration began.
Jubilation on the field as players and coaches rushed on to celebrate with one another.
In the stands, the fans roared giving the players cheers they might not have heard before.
The atmosphere was electric, and it was because 60 young men gave the city something to get excited about.
With their victory against T.R. Miller, the Blue Devils have the chance to start something special, something new.
By winning that game, they made a statement telling the city that good things are going to happen, and telling the rest of the state they could be a team to look out for.
The talent is there along with the drive, discipline and character.
Now all they have to do is continue to believe. Continue to believe what their coaches tell them, believe that they can accomplish anything and believe that the sky is the limit.
Head coach Mark Heaton has given them the means to succeed, so all they have to do now is continue to work hard and believe in the work they put in.
This is just the beginning Atmore. Wait and see what the Blue Devils do the rest of this season.
Chandler Myers is sports editor of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.