Blue Devils beat J.F. Shields

Published 5:26 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Escambia County High School pushed its record to an even 4-4 on Friday night as they defeated the J.F. Shields Panthers 68-56 last Friday at ECHS.

The Blue Devils (4-4, 0-0) controlled the tempo of the game as they never trailed the Panthers and outscored them in each quarter of play.

In the first quarter, the teams played a tight contest as they went point-for-point with the Blue Devils squeaking out the advantage leading 15-13.

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Escambia County pulled away from the Panthers in the second period as they outscored Shields 21-17 to go into halftime leading 36-30.

Following halftime, the Blue Devils maintained their distance as they continued to extend their lead over the Panthers.

In the third quarter, ECHS added four points to their lead as they won the quarter 19-15.

Leading 55-45 as the teams went into the fourth period, the Blue Devils again won the quarter outscoring the Panthers 13-11 as they earned the win 68-56.

Leading the Blue Devils to victory were Desmond Williams and Fred Knight. Williams finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, while Knight posted 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Tyrell Ford added 14 points for ECHS and had three rebounds and one assist.

Blue Devil Dalvin Craft had seven points, Tony McAroy posted six and Tywon Dixon scored two.

The Blue Devils next game will be Friday at home against Monroe County. Games begin at 5 p.m.


Blue Devils 60

Jaguars 58

Escambia County pushed its winning streak to two games last Thursday with a 60-58 over the Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaugars at ECHS.

The Blue Devils (3-4, 0-0) were in a dogfight for much of the contest with the second and fourth periods making the difference.

In the first quarter, the Jaguars found the advantage over the Blue Devils outscoring them 15-14.

The Blue Devils bounced back in the second period scoring 17 points and holding the Jaguars to 12 with ECHS taking the lead into halftime 31-27.

After the break, the fight continued as the Jaguars crawled back into the game and the Blue Devils made the shots when they counted.

In the third period, the Jaguars tied the game with a 20-point quarter, while holding the Blue Devils to 16 points.

With the game tied at 47, the two teams went into the fourth quarter looking for the big shot and the Blue Devils found it as they outscored the Jaguars 13-11 to win the nailbiter 60-58.

Escambia County was led by Tyrell Ford’s 17 points, while Desmond Williams recorded 14. Ford also had two rebounds and two steals, while Williams had seven rebounds and three blocks.

Blue Devil Fred Knight scored 12 points to go with seven rebounds and an assist in the win.

Blue Devils 70

Tigers 34

Atmore’s Blue Devils traveled to Brewton last week for their first game since a Thanksgiving tournament and came away with a dominating 70-34 win over the T.R. Miller Tigers.

The Blue Devils were never in danger against the Tigers as they held a firm lead from the start of the game to the final buzzer.

In the first quarter, the Blue Devils jumped out to a strong lead outscoring Miller 24-8.

Escambia County continued their dominant run in the second period with another explosive showing as they scored 22 points to the Tigers 11 to go into halftime leading 46-19.

Following halftime, the Blue Devils kept their pace and finished off the game impressively.

In the third quarter, the Blue Devils pushed their lead further as they outscored Miller 11-5 to go into the final quarter leading 57-24.

Escambia County put the exclamation point on their victory in the fourth quarter as they scored 13 points and the Tigers to 10 to earn the 70-34 win.

The Blue Devils were led in the game by Fred Knight’s 18 points and Desmond Williams’ 10 points.