Cougars at home; Devils, Chiefs on road

Published 5:00am Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Escambia Academy hopes to pick up where the Escambia County Blue Devils left off by winning a Homecoming game.

The Cougars will host Southern Academy, whose mascot is also the Cougars.

Escambia Academy has an overall 4-4 record following last week’s tough 27-26 loss to AISA’s No. eight-ranked team Clarke Prep.
Southern Academy enters the contest with an overall 2-6 record.

Southern Academy also lost to Clarke Prep earlier this season, although the final score was not nearly as close with the team losing 50-15.
Last week, Southern Academy lost to a team Escambia Academy beat two weeks ago: Southern Choctaw. Southern Academy lost their contest 28-7, while Escambia Academy won 27-7.

Escambia Academy will host Southern Academy for their Homecoming game at Bachelor Field in Canoe on Friday, Oct. 19 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Escambia County Blue Devils will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they travel to Evergreen to play the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars.

Escambia County enters the game with a 2-5 overall record with their region record being 2-3.

Their opponents have a 1-6 overall record and a 1-4 region record.

It will be an important regional game with playoff implications for the Blue Devils. Currently, Andalusia is in fourth place in the region, while the Blue Devils are fifth. A loss wouldn’t eliminate the team, but would lessen the likelihood of the team making the playoffs.

Andalusia faces the fourth-ranked Bulldogs of UMS-Wright on the road. A win for the Blue Devils combined with a loss for Andalusia would put the two teams in a tie just ahead of next week’s match-up between the two teams with Escambia County having home field advantage.
The last time the two teams played in 2007, Escambia County came away with a 22-14 win.

Escambia County will be looking for their first road win this season.

Both teams have faced difficult schedules, as the Jaguars opponents’ record is 32-17, while the Blue Devils opponents’ record is 27-22.
Hillcrest-Evergreen have both won against Wilcox Central and lost to UMS-Wright, Thomasville, and Clarke County. The main difference in the two teams’ region records is the Jaguars lost to Andalusia, while the Blue Devils beat Monroe County.

Escambia County will travel to Evergreen to face Hillcrest-Evergreen on Friday, Oct. 19 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

The Northview Chiefs will also be on the road this week, as they travel to Freeport to face the Freeport Bulldogs.

The Chiefs have an overall 4-2 record, while Freeport has an overall 3-3 record.

The match-up between the two teams is an important district game.

The Chiefs actually played Freeport twice last season. They won the regular season game 35-21 on the road. The Chiefs once again beat the Bulldogs when the two teams faced off in the playoffs with Northivew winning by a score of 43-13. The Bulldogs may be looking for a little bit of revenge after the Chiefs ended their season by knocking them out of the playoffs.

So far this season, both teams have defeated South Walton with the Chiefs winning 34-7 and Freeport winning 41-7. Freeport has also defeated Baker by a score of 41-34. Northview will travel to Bake to play the Gators on Nov. 2.

The Northview Chiefs will play the Freeport Bulldogs in Freeport on Friday, Oct. 19 with kickoff starting at 7 p.m.

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