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EA Cougars shut out Morgan, 51-0

EA running back Gordon Brooks had three touchdowns in Friday's 51-0 win for the Cougars.

EA running back Gordon Brooks had three touchdowns in Friday’s 51-0 win for the Cougars.

The Escambia Academy Cougars continued their perfect 2014 season Friday, defeating Morgan Academy in Selma by a 51-0 score.

EA (6-0, 5-0 in AISA Class 3A, Region 2) is ranked No. 3 in AISA’s Class 3A, and leads its region by a game over Monroe Academy with one region game left to play.

The Cougars got off to a very fast start Friday night, taking a 32-0 lead after just one quarter.

EA’s Kris Brown returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and Scott Brantley intercepted a pass on the Senators’ first drive of the game. Brown scored on a 40-yard touchdown run to increase EA’s lead to 12-0.

“Anytime you can open a game with a kickoff return for a touchdown, that’s a great way to start,” EA coach Hugh Fountain said. “We got off to a great start and our defense was strong all night — we only allowed minus-1 yards of rushing.

“We were able to play our backups a lot in the second half, which was good for us.”

Gordon Brooks had two touchdown runs in the first quarter, increasing EA’s lead to 26-0 with 4:51 left in the first quarter. Brooks’ first touchdown was 1 yard, and the second was 82 yards.

The Senators then threw another interception, which was returned by EA’s Kainoa Gumapac to give the Cougars strong field position.
Brett Gorum eventually scored on a 5-yard run, increasing the EA lead to 32-0.

Brooks scored his third touchdown of the game in the second quarter, on a 33-yard run. Gumapac completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Gary Campbell late in the quarter to give the Cougars a 45-0 lead at halftime.

EA added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, when Fred Flavors scored on a 7-yard run with 2:34 remaining.

The Cougars host Pike Liberal Arts on Friday in the final region game of the season. It is also EA’s homecoming. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bachelor Field in Canoe.