West Florida Tops Northview

October 7, 2015

The West Florida Lady Jaguars defeated the Northview Chiefs Tuesday in high school volleyball action.

In varsity play, West Florida topped Northview 27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18.  In junior varsity play, West Florida beat Northview 25-16, 25-9.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.

Jay Peanut Festival Draws Thousands (With Two Photo Galleries)

October 5, 2015

The annual Jay Peanut Festival attracted thousands to the Gabbert Farm Saturday and Sunday.

For more than 20 years, The Jay Peanut Festival at the Gabbert Farm has been a fall tradition on the Gulf Coast, showcasing the history, agriculture, food and fun of Santa Rosa County.  What started as a chance for local kids and farmers to show off their best of the season has become an annual event covering 15 acres and drawing about 70,000 people to the Gabbert farm over two days.

The event included tours of the 1930s Farm Museum, food booths, dozens of arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, games and fun.  The Jay Peanut Festival was also a chance to try all varieties of peanuts – boiled, green, fried, candied and more.

For a photo gallery, click here. Photos by Michael Pevahouse.

For a second photo gallery, click here. Photos by Michele Gibbs.

Pictured:  Lots of peanuts were available at the Jay Peanut Festival. Pictured below: Visitors stroll through vendor booths. Photos by Michael Pervahouse for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Tate Grad Racks Up Career High Game Rushing Yards For Wofford

October 5, 2015

Tate graduate Lorenzo Long had a career-high 187 yards rushing and a touchdown Saturday was the Wofford College football team beat Mercer University 34-33 in overtime.

Long, now a junior at the South Carolina school, ran for first downs to reach the red zone in the fist quarter, while in the second quarter had a run fall short on fourth-and-one before Wofford turned the ball over on downs.

Wofford used a 60-yard run by Long to set up a 27-yard field goal attempt that was blocked to end the first half.

An interception by the Terriers was dropped and Mercer went on to score on a two-yard touchdown run to make it a 20-17 game with 36 seconds left in the third quarter. Wofford wasted little time in responding, as Long went 53-yards up the middle for a touchdown. The Terriers had a 27-17 lead with 14:28 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Of Long’s career-high 187 yards rushing  n a game, 121 came in the first half before a crowd of 10,489 at Mercer University in Macon, GA. It was his first 100-yard game this season and the sixth of his career.

Long, a 2013 Tate graduate, had 3,227 rushing yards on 423 carries, 37 touchdowns, and 3,826 all-purpose yards while in high school.

Tate Earns District Win Over Washington (With Photo Gallery)

October 3, 2015

The Tate Aggies won their first district game Friday night as they powered past the Washington Wildcast 38-21.

Washington took the lead 7-0 with 8:43 to go in the fist quarter at Pete Gindl Stadium in Cantonment following a 16-yard touchdown dash. A 57-yard drive ended for Tate with 5:23 to go in the first with a two-yard quarterback keeper from Sawyer Smith. Alonte Thompson was in on the two-point conversion to put the Aggies up 8-7.

Jake Henry hit paydirt from 34-yards out and, along with a good kick from Evan Legassey, the Aggies were up 15-7 with 37 seconds on the clock in the first.

Tate expanded their advantage to 22-7 with 8:28 to go in the second quarter on a touchdown dash from Alondo Thompkins. The Wildcats answered, with the score 22-13 Tate at the half.

The Aggies scored again with 7:50 in the third, with Thompkins from a couple of yards out. Tate missed a later field goal attempt, and Washington pulled within one TD, 29-21 with 9:30 to go in the ballgame.

Thompkins scored again in the fourth for the Aggies on a 49-yard run to put Tate on top 35-21. Then, with 4:08 in the ballgame, Legassey chipped in a 35-yard field goal for the final score 38-21.

The Tate Aggies (4-1, 1-0)) will take the short drive across the river to Pace next Friday night to take on the Patiots at 7:30 p.m.

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NorthEscambia.com photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge.

Friday Night Finals

October 3, 2015

Here is a look at tonight’s final scores from high school football games across the North Escambia area.



  • Flomaton 38, Choctaw County 20
  • Miller 27, Opp 26
  • W.S. Neal 57, Monroe County High 20
  • Escambia County (Atmore) 26, Faith Academy 14;
  • Monroe Academy 41, Escambia Academy 12

Maplesville Downs The Northview Chiefs (With Photo Gallery)

October 3, 2015

Alabama 1A powerhouse Maplesville shut out the Northview Chiefs 32-0 Friday night in Bratt.

“We just beat ourselves,” Northview head coach Sid Wheatley said after the loss. “Nobody likes to lose, obviously, but when you beat yourself, you are not giving yourself a chance. And in my opinion, we firmly beat ourselves tonight.”

The Chiefs suffered through multiple  turnovers that pushed Maplesville to the red zone, after the Red Devils took the lead on their first possession.

A pass from Northview quarterback Gavin Grant was intercepted by the Red Devils for an 11-yard touchdown dash following a 57-yard Maplesville run.

“It could have been 14-7 at the end of the second quarter,” Wheatley said, “but, again, we beat ourselves.”

Instead, Maplesville held a 13-0 lead at the half. A Northview turnover in the third set up another Red Devil touchdown, and a Northview fumble led to another Red Devil TD.

And after another Northview turnover, the Red Devils scored again.

“I liked the effort; I just did not like the execution,” Wheatley said. “We didn’t finish them off when we had those opportunities.”

Next week, it’s back to the basics for the Chiefs. “We’ve got to make sure we can take care of the football and have great ball security.”

The Chiefs will be back in Bratt next Friday night as they host Liberty county for the Chiefs’ homecoming.

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NorthEscambia.com photos, with additional gallery photos by Gary Amerson for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Baker Gators Top Jay (With Photo Gallery)

October 3, 2015

The Jay Royals opened district play Friday night with a 48-26 loss to the Baker Gators.

Next week, the Royals will host Cottondale.

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Photos by Michele Gibbs for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Ernest Ward Beats Atmore

October 2, 2015

The Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles defeated the Eagles of Escambia County Middle School (Atmore) Thursday, 44-20.

Ernest Ward improved to a perfect 6-0 on the year with the win.

Ernest Ward will host W.S. Neal next Thursday, October 8 at 6 p.m. in Walnut Hill.

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NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Northview, Laurel Hill Split Volleyball Games

October 2, 2015

In high school volleyball Thursday at Laurel Hill, the Laurel Hill varsity defeated Northview 3-0, while the Northview junior varsity beat Laurel Hill 2-0.

Varsity 23-25, 12-25, 11-25 Laurel Hill wins

JV 26-24, 25-22 Northview wins

File photo.

VB: Baker Tops Northview

September 30, 2015

The Baker Gators won their home district volleyball match against Northview Monday by a score of 3-0.

Baker downed the Chiefs 25-7, 25-7, 25-8.

In junior varsity action, Baker defeated Northview 2-0, 25-12, 25-13.

The Chiefs will travel to Laurel Hill on Thursday.

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NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.

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