Tough week ahead for area football teams

Published 5:00am Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Northview Chiefs will host the Jay Royals in this week’s local high school football action. The Chiefs are coming off a tough 44-20 road loss to Gulf Breeze.

Meanwhile, the Royals are coming off a 29-6 win over South Walton. The Chiefs defeated South Walton earlier this season by a score of 34-7.

The Royals enter the game with a 2-2 overall record, while the Chiefs are currently 3-2.

In last year’s contest between the two teams, Northview won handily 56-7. Even the last time the two teams played in Bratt two years ago, it was not much of a contest, with the Chiefs winning 34-0.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the Chiefs will be trying to contain Royals’ quarterback Tate Upton, who has the ability to make big passes and pick up yardage on the ground as well. With Neiko Robinson’s strong return last week, the task becomes a little easier for the team with Robinson’s ability to be a ball hawk.

The Northview Chiefs will play the Jay Royals in Bratt on Friday, Oct. 5 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

The Escambia County Blue Devils will travel to Thomasville to play the Thomasville Tigers.

The Tigers were the sixth-ranked team in the most recent ASWA high school football poll for the 4A classification just behind UMS-Wright, a team that beat the Blue Devils 50-15. However, the Tigers lost to Demopolis 27-26 on Friday night. That left the team with a 3-2 overall record.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils suffered a difficult 35-32 home loss to Faith Academy on Friday night. That left the team with a 1-4 overall record. The team is 0-2 on the road this season and 1-12 all-time against Thomasville. Thomasville won last year’s game between the two teams 38-15.

The Escambia County Blue Devils travel to Thomasville to play the Tigers on Friday, Oct. 5 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Escambia Academy will also be on the road this week to play the South Choctaw Academy Rebels.

The Rebels are coming off a 44-0 blowout loss to Patrician Academy. The team has a 1-5 overall record.

Meanwhile, the Cougars had a 39-3 victory over Pike Liberal Arts that was even more lopsided than the score indicated. The team now has a 3-3 record.

Head coach Hugh Fountain said he hoped to work on being more disciplined in practice this week due to the large number of penalties the team received in their game last week.

The Cougar won the game between the two teams last year by a score of 60-7.
Escambia Academy will travel to Toxey Friday, Oct. 5 to play South Choctaw Academy with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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