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‘IT’S A MUST WIN’

A host of Escambia Academy defenders tackle Bessemer Academy’s Thomas Sims. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

A host of Escambia Academy defenders tackle Bessemer Academy’s Thomas Sims. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Cougars to tango with Evangel Christian Academy in quarters

“It’s a must win game for us.”

That’s how Escambia Academy head football coach Hugh Fountain described this week’s AISA Class 2A quarterfinal contest against Evangel Christian Academy.

The Cougars enter the contest after falling 21-14 to second-ranked Bessemer Academy last week. In the game, EA’s Patrick McGhee rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Evangel Christian (4-6) is led by running backs Anthony Gill, a senior, and Dee Smith, a junior.

“We’re down to where we’ve got to win this game or your season is over with,” Fountain said. “I think they’re a very big football team. They’ve got a lot of size up front.

“No. 2 (Gill) and No. 5 (Smith) in the backfield pose a lot of threats,” he said. “They’re very big.”

During last week’s game, EA offensive lineman Trae Lee suffered an ankle injury and didn’t return to action.

Fountain said Lee is day to day right now, and he suffered a high ankle sprain.

“We’re trying to get him well,” he said.

Kick off at Bachelor Field is at 7 p.m.