Devils fall to Faith AcademyPublished 11:51pm Friday, September 27, 2013
The Escambia County High School Blue Devils fell to 0-5 Friday night on the road in a loss to Faith Academy, but head coach Lev Holly said the 48-34 barnburner was a testament to the progression of his team’s offense.
“It was definitely a shootout,” Holly said. “We just ran out of gas.”
Faith Academy scored twice to begin the game, but ECHS kept responding to keep the game close.
“We traded scores,” Holly said. “I could not be more proud of my kids.”
Quarterback Chris Johnson threw three touchdowns on the night and rushed for two more scores, Holly said.
Holly also touted the play of running back Gaetyn Thames, who had 10 carries for 85 yards.
While the Devils’ running game was potent and Johnson threw for nearly 300 yards, Holly said work still needs to be done in order for the Devils to stand a chance next week in a road game against Thomasville.
“We missed opportunities tonight,” Holly said. “But, at the end of the day, no one can question the growth of this team. Showing that resilience and considering what we are trying to do, it’s just a matter of time.”
Holly said the Blue Devils (0-5, 0-3 in Class 4A, Region 1) will now work to prepare for a road game against Thomasville next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.