Williamson tops ECHS 7-2

Published 11:18 pm Thursday, October 25, 2018

MOBILE — When it rains, it pours.

A slight drizzle made its presence known throughout Escambia County’s game against Williamson tonight at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, but a downpour at the buzzer dampened the Blue Devils’ spirits in a 7-2 region loss to Williamson.

Throughout the contest, ECHS put together a good game defensively, except for one drive; and couldn’t make enough plays on offense.

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Blue Devils head football coach Rico Jackson, knowing the importance a win was for his team, said afterward that not enough plays were made.

“We just didn’t make the plays when it was time to make the plays,” Jackson said. “They (Williamson) wanted it more than us.”

With the loss, the Blue Devils fall to 5-4 overall, and 4-3 in Class 4A, Region 1.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Blue Devils took advantage of a high snap to quarterback Cedric Andrews and Jamarius Lewis scooped up the ball for a safety with 10:41 left in the half.

ECHS couldn’t convert on its next two offensive possessions, despite starting in WHS territory, but led 2-0 at the break.

When asked if he sensed any sort of turnaround after the safety, Jackson said he thought the boys were going to come out and put a better half together offensively.

“Defensively, we played well the entire game,” he said. “Hats off to them. They wanted it more.”

The one lapse in the Blue Devils’ defense came on the Lions’ first possession of the second half.

After catching a 29-yard pass from Andrews, Jahquinton Shaw ran around left end 24 yards for the score with 9:42 to go in the third quarter.

Offensive woes continued for ECHS in the fourth quarter, including not completing a key fourth-down conversion.

Despite the one lapse, Jackson said he thought his defense ran to the ball well and tackled well.

“In a playoff-like game like this, you can’t have a lapse,” he said.

Jackson said he told the team next week’s home game against Francis Marion will determine a lot.

“I just told them this game will determine what kind of person you are when things go bad,” he said. “We are going to see if they’re going to lay down or fight to see if they’re 6-4.”