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Cougars ground Eagles, 54-12

Escambia Academy running back J.P. Sawyer breaks away for a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Friday night. EA defeated visiting Fort Dale Academy, 54-12.

Escambia Academy running back J.P. Sawyer breaks away for a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Friday night. EA defeated visiting Fort Dale Academy, 54-12.

Escambia Academy’s Cougars improved to 3-0 for the season, defeating visiting Fort Dale Academy by a 54-12 score Friday night.

EA also improved to 2-0 in AISA Class AAA, Region 2.

The Cougars jumped out to a 29-6 lead after one quarter of play, thanks in part to strong special teams. Tim Finklea had both a punt return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown in that first quarter.

“Special teams has been a strength for us all season long,” EA coach Hugh Fountain said. “The past two years against Fort Dale have been nail-biting finishes, and we talked about wanting to have a strong start this year so we wouldn’t have another nail-biting ending.”

EA led 35-6 at halftime and 48-12 after three quarters. Several Cougars scored rushing touchdowns in the win, including Gordon Brooks, Brett Gorum and J.P. Sawyer.

The Cougars are off next Friday. EA’s next game is Friday, Sept. 26, at Hooper Academy.

For more coverage of this game, see the Wednesday, Sept. 17, edition of The Atmore Advance.