NWE teams take home titlesPublished 1:21pm Tuesday, November 5, 2013
All three age groups of Northwest Escambia Eagles’ football took home Escambia River Conference championships Saturday.
The sophomores beat Poarch 26-6 to claim the title in Jay.
The two teams split the season series at a game apiece and Poarch took a quick 6-0 lead.
The Eagles got on the board with two touchdowns and an extra point by Kaden Odom. T.J. Wright completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Nolin Godwin. Arquavian Smith had two runs longer than 40 yards, with one touchdown.
The Eagles defense held Poarch scoreless for the last three quarter of the game. Luke Bridges, John Michael Ward, Nathan Chavers, Aiden Broadhead and Braeden McGhee all made stops for the Eagles.
Odom was named the ERC most valuable player for the sophomores. The sophomore team is coached by Gordon Godwin, David Nolin, Carl Ward, Ted Bridges, David Odom and Joel Broadhead.
The juniors defeated Jay in a 35-0 shutout to claim the title.
Jayden Jackson started the Eagles off by scoring a 60-yard touchdown in the first possession of the game. Michael Merchant added the extra point with a quarterback sneak.
Jaden Cunningham followed with a 55-yard touchdown on the Eagles’ ensuing possession. Jaheem Durant punched in the extra point.
Merchant threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Dariontae Richardson. Cunningham converted the extra point.
The Eagles’ Ki-Juana Carter forced a Jay fumble from the NWE 5-yard line and Richardson was there to recover it.
Jackson capitalizes on the Jay mistake with a 95-yard touchdown run. Durant then scores with a 35-yard touchdown late in the game and Cunningham’s extra point, which made the score 35-0.
Logan Bryan, Carter, Hayden Thrower and Cunningham all made stops on defense. Jackson was named ERC’s junior MVP.
The junior team, which is coached by Patrick Boone, Eric Jefferson, Johnnie Carter, Kevin Bryan, Chris Singleton and Charles Davis, now has the opportunity to travel to Gulf Shores on Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Gulf Coast Youth Football Championships, where teams from all over the U.S. will compete.
An undefeated senior Eagles team took down a previously unbeaten Flomaton team with a 40-30 win.
The game began with a 65-yard scoring drive by the Eagles. Aunterio Minor picked up the bulk of those yards and capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. Seth Killam added a successful two-point kick to take an 8-0 lead.
Flomaton tied the game at 8 apiece, until the Eagles’ Trent Kite broke a 10-yard touchdown run that capped a drive that also included a 20-yard pass from Killam to Keaton Solmonson. Killam’s two-point kick was good and NWE led 16-8 to begin the second quarter.
Flomaton answered with a touchdown pass and tied the game on their own two-point kick conversion.
Killam capped the next Eagles drive with a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line. Killam added the two-point kick and NWE lead 24-16.
Flomaton scored again, just before the end of the half. The two-point kick was no good and NWE led 24-22 at the half.
Flomaton was forced to punt in its opening drive of the second half and NWE’s next possession ended with a fumble. Strong plays by the Eagles’ Keegun Johnston, Jovantaye Wright and Minor, the NWE defense was able to make another stop.
Minor capped off the ensuing Eagles’ drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. NWE then took a 32-22 lead on Killam’s successful two-point kick.
Flomaton scored on a 50-yard touchdown run. The Hurricanes converted the kick and brought the score to 32-30 to begin the fourth quarter.
Cameron Cloud helped the Eagles convert a third-down-and-8 play with a pass to Killam on NWE next possession. Killam then broke loose for a 20-yard touchdown run. Killam added the two-point kick to give the Eagles the 10-point win.