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ECHS takes third place

By By Chandler Myers
Competition is a driving force in the world of sports and while some competitions mean less than others, no one wants to lose.
This was no different when the Escambia County Blue Devil football team played in a 7-on-7 tournament at the University of South Alabama.
Teams at the two-day tournament included Pensacola High, Tate and Pace from Florida and Vigor, Theodore, Satsuma, Faith Academy and ECHS.
Head coach Kyle Davis said the team started rough on the first day with pool play.
He said the team was never blown out, but just seemed a step behind for most of the day.
The second day of 7-on-7 started the tournament and a different ECHS team took the field.
Davis said it the performance on the second day was much better than that of the first.
The Blue Devils started out with a warm up game against Pensacola High School and lost 7-6, but won their first tournament game in double overtime against Faith Academy.
In the second tournament game the Blue Devils lost to Pace 27-20.
For the third time, in the tournament ECHS faced off against Pensacola and at one point was down 14-0, but came back to win 16-14.
Davis said his team fought back and showed him a lot of what could be to come.
In the final game of the tournament the Blue Devils defeated Faith Academy again 12-9 to grab a third place finish in the tournament and left with a record of 3-1.
Davis said he was real proud of the second day effort and looks forward to the team playing that way this season.
He added that he knows a 7-on-7 is not a major thing to go off of since some aspects of the game are missing, but still thinks it is something great to compete in.