Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Escambia County’s getting better and better, Blue Devils head football coach Royce Young said.
The Blue Devils will visit Thomasville this week after coming off a tough 41-6 homecoming loss to Satsuma.
ECHS started last week’s game off on a good note, and trailed 15-6 late in the first half. SHS went ahead 21-6 by halftime to quell any chance for a Blue Devils comeback.
Young said even though the season is going by at a quick pace, the coaches are liking what they’re seeing as far as player improvement.
“We’re seeing (positive) things and we feel good about it,” Young said. “We’ll see this week. So far, the kids are showing back up on Monday with good attitudes.”
Young said Thomasville (3-2, 2-1 In Class 4A, Region 1) is quite balanced.
“They have a reputation as a good football school that proceeds them,” he said. “They have a real good-looking quarterback (Chad Bryant, a senior). He runs and throws it well.”
Young said THS has aggressive and good linemen, which will be a matchup problem for the Blue Devils’ size.
However, the coach said he’s optimistic that years from now, current players on the team will be a lot bigger.
After last week’s loss, ECHS’s Deandre Mitchell left the game with a slight concussion. Young said if Mitchell is diagnosed as having had a concussion, the protocol is that he needs two weeks before seeing any more action on the field.
Other than Mitchell, Young said players are experiencing the normal bumps and bruises that come with a long season.
Kick off in Thomasville Friday is at 7 p.m.