ECHS, Bulldogs to spar

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Escambia County spent the weekend licking its wounds, and went straight back to work Monday to prepare for a region contest at Clarke County this week.

The Blue Devils fell 28-14 to Flomaton on homecoming on Sept. 28, and will face a Bulldogs football team that head football coach Rico Jackson said is a good 1-4 team.

Jackson said Flomaton had a good game plan during last week’s game.

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“I thought they played well,” he said. “We just have got to learn to make plays when we can.”

“They’re really good,” he said.

Jackson said CC is big, physical and fast. This marks Escambia County’s fourth region contest in Class 4A, Region 1.

“We’re going to have to play well,” he said. “They have a really good football program.”

CJ Beckham, at linebacker; Navontae Johnson at wide receiver; Jabari Gregory at safety; and Calvin Rich at defensive end are threats, Jackson said.

Jackson said Clarke County’s offense derives from the Wing-T formation, and added that the Bulldogs are starting to perform some spread type concepts.

This week marks the beginning of the second half of the season.

Jackson said the Blue Devils have a real possibility to make it to the postseason.

ECHS will need to win two of the next four region games to get a spot in the playoffs. The Blue Devils visit Andalusia next week, host UMS-Wright on Oct. 19 and then visit Williamson in Mobile.

“Of course, we’d like to win all four,” he said. “This is a big game for us, and a step toward us getting in the playoffs.

“It would be a huge step,” he said. “Our kids have come light years from last year. I just hope we can continue to push forward.”

The last time ECHS made it to the playoffs was in 2010.