Blue Devils tame TigersPublished 9:00am Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The Escambia County High School Blue Devils finished their season on a high note, beating rival Baldwin County, 29-20, in Atmore on Friday.
The win was just the second for the Blue Devils all year, who also took down Monroe County earlier in the season.
“I’m proud of my seniors,” said coach Lev Holly. “They stuck together and stuck with it this year.”
It was a freshman that left his mark on the game. Running back Gaetyn Thames scored two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and a two-point conversion.
The Blue Devils scored on the first play of the second quarter with a 28-yard touchdown strike from Chris Johnson to Devonte Lee. Johnson ran in the two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.
Thames then scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Devante Williams kicked the extra point and ECHS led 15-8 at halftime.
Thames scored again in the third quarter on a 16-yard pass from Johnson. Thames also converted the two-point play and the Blue Devils led 23-8.
The Tigers scored at the end of the third quarter to cut the ECHS lead 23-14. Each team scored in the final quarter, with the Blue Devils finding pay dirt on a run by Thames.
“The kids played hard and they got it done,” Holly said.
Among the highlights for the Blue Devils was a stretch in the second half where the team went nine-for-10 on third down plays, and a nine-minute drive that helped to ice the game, Holly said.
“It was one of those nights where you’re proud,” he said. “It was a big game.”
The Blue Devils also had two touchdowns called back because of penalties. The first was on a long run by Johnson and the other was a 75-yard Thames run.
ECHS finished the season at 2-8 (1-6 in Class 4A, Region 1), a game below the 3-7 record they had last year.