Tough match ups ahead

Published 2:26pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Escambia Academy (0-2) will host Monroe Academy (2-0) at Bachelor Field in Canoe on Friday for what will likely be their toughest match up of their young season.

Both of Escambia Academy’s losses were conference losses. Last week, the team lost in a road game to Hooper Academy 37-20. The Cougars led for most of the game, but allowed Hooper to get back into the game in the second half and could never regain the lead.

It was a reversal from the week before. In their first game, Escambia Academy got off to a bad start, trailing 21-6 at halftime. However, the Cougars fought hard in the second half and had the ball on the one-yard line with the score 21-14 at the last second of the game. An offside penalty sealed their fate, and they lost the game by a final score of 21-14.

Escambia County High School

Escambia County (0-1) will travel to Clarke County (0-1) Sept. 7 with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

Escambia County started off the season with a tough loss to bitter rival T.R. Miller with a final score of 41-14. Now, they face their first road game of the season.

The Blue Devils will travel to H.G. Prim Stadium in Grove Hill to take on the Clarke County Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs head coach Jason Massey enters his second season with an overall 4-7 record. The team finished last season with a 4-6 record including a 14-6 loss to T.R. Miller.

In this season’s opening week, they were shut out by ECH head coach Lev Holly’s former team Jackson with a final score of 30-0.

In addition to being their first road game of the season, this game also carries great significance because it is the team’s first conference game.

The two teams did not play each other last season.

Northview

Northview (1-0) will host Marianna (1-0) in Bratt on Sept. 7 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

With Northview holding a 34-0 lead before the end of the first quarter, there wasn’t a whole lot of mystery over who would emerge victorious. This past Friday, the Chiefs defeated the John Paul II Catholic Panthers 60-0.

The results for this coming Friday’s game likely won’t be as lopsided. They will face a more formidable opponent in the Marianna Bulldogs (1-0).

The Bulldogs defeated the Cottondale Hornets by a score of 42-20. Their high-octane offense will be a test for the Chiefs’ defense. The team features two quarterbacks, with the explosive dual-threat quarterback Derrick Knowles and Herman Williams. The Bulldogs also feature two potent running backs in Teon Long and Jac Wooden. Long appropriately enough is more of a threat to break away for long-distance runs, while Wooden has been used primarily in short-yardage situations. Another offensive weapon for the Bulldogs is wide receiver Roderick Copeland.  The team racked up 385 total yards in the game against Cottondale.

The Chiefs have some weapons of their own on defense. Neino Robinson is a talented cornerback and had one impressive interception against John Paul II Catholic last week. In addition to being a top running back, Roderick Woods can deliver some fierce hits at the linebacker position. The Chiefs are also expecting senior quarterback Kevin Vaughan to return from an injury that forced him to miss last week’s opener.

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