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An afternoon with the Cougars

Leading up to home football games, every school has its routines on Friday afternoons.

Escambia Academy played Cornerstone Christian in Canoe in the first round of the AISA Class 2A state playoffs on Nov. 3. The Cougars won the game 55-0.

In the time prior to kickoff, as it has done during the five previous home games, EA has a team meal, rest time, game prep, last-minute meetings and a team speech prior to kickoff.

The Atmore Advance followed the Cougars on Nov. 3 before kickoff on Friday. Here is a timeline of the hours prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.
3 p.m.

Pep rally ends, players report to field house.
3:09 p.m.

Cougars depart for pre-game meal. The pre-game meal destination changes every home game. Last week, First Baptist Church of Flomaton provided the meal.
3:22 p.m.

Cougars arrived at FBC for the meal, which consisted of roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, cake, Gatorade and water.
3:55 p.m.

Cougars depart for Canoe.
4:15 p.m.

EA arrives back in Canoe; players rest until pre-game warm ups. Since it was senior night, players had to get ready a little earlier than normal.
4:38 p.m.

Last-minute film study for coaches as players rest.
5:17 p.m.

Players get dressed/taped for game.
5:35 p.m.

First group/starters suit up.
5:46 p.m.

EA’s first group goes onto the field for warm ups.
6:10 p.m.

Pre-game speech (because of senior night) and prayer.
6:45 p.m.

Last-minute position talk and pre-game speech.
7 p.m.

Kick off.