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No. 1 St. Paul’s tops Devils, 49-12

ECHS running back Gaetyn Thames scored a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Blue Devils ahead early Friday night.

ECHS running back Gaetyn Thames scored a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Blue Devils ahead early Friday night.

Escambia County High School broke out to an early lead against No. 1 St. Paul’s on Friday night, but ultimately fell by a 49-12 score.

ECHS running back Gaetyn Thames scored a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:55 left in the first quarter. The Blue Devils missed the extra point, but still led 6-0.

St. Paul’s later moved ahead 14-6 but the Blue Devils responded with another scoring drive. ECHS quarterback Marquis Brooks completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Emanuel Etheridge with 6:18 left in the second quarter. ECHS failed at the two-point conversion, but cut the Saints’ lead to 14-12.

The Saints led 21-12 at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

ECHS fell to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Class 5A, Region 1. The Blue Devils’ final game of the 2014 season is next Friday, at Monroe County.

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, Oct. 22, edition of The Atmore Advance.