Teams want more success

Published 12:35 pm Wednesday, September 19, 2012

All three Atmore area teams will take the field Friday night coming off big wins last week and each will face their own set of unique challenges in their quests for more victories.

Escambia Academy will travel to Senator Field in Selma this Friday to play Morgan Academy and head coach Hugh Fountain said his team cannot lose if they want to make the playoffs.

“Morgan is a must win for us. If we want to go to the playoffs, we have to beat Morgan,” Fountain said. “If we win the next two, we have four weeks to get better for the playoffs.”

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The game is a must-win because the Cougars must have a strong regional showing in order to make the playoffs.

Escambia Academy and Morgan Academy did not play each other last year. The Cougars will face the Senators in Selma on Friday, Sept. 21 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Another team fresh off their first win of the season has no time to rest.

The Escambia County Blue Devils face the daunting task of trying to beat UMS-Wright on the road. The Bulldogs are the number fifth-ranked team in the most recent ASWA poll for class 4A.

This past Friday, UMS-Wright won a close game with number three-ranked Thomasville 49-42.  Head coach Lev Holly said he knows UMS-Wright’s long-time head coach Terry Curtis and knows the game will be a formidable task. Holly’s defensive unit at Jackson did manage to contain UMS-Wright in last year’s playoffs as the Aggies won their semifinal matchup 26-14.

UMS-Wright defeated Escambia County last season at Herbert Barnes Stadium 35-12.

The Blue Devils will face the Bulldogs at Erwin S. Cooper Stadium in Mobile on Friday, Sept. 21 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

The Northview Chiefs look to continue the success they found against Chipley at home last week in their home game victory. This week, the team faces South Walton.

South Walton had a bye week this past week. Prior to that, they lost a home game to Freeport 41-7 and lost their home opener to Baker 26-21. The team has an overall 0-2 record, while the Chiefs have a 2-1 record.

Northview won last year’s game squarely while on the road 47-8.

The Chiefs will host the Seahawks in Bratt on Friday, Sept. 21 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.