Friday Night Football Finals

August 29, 2015

Here is a look at final scores from Friday night’s high school football games:

FLORIDA

  • Crestview 47, Northview 20 [More...]
  • Tate 38, Biloxi 7 [More...]
  • Flomaton 55, Jay 26 [More...]
  • Escambia 16, West Florida 7
  • Choctaw 48, Gulf Breeze 32
  • Navarre 57, Catholic 14
  • Milton 20, Washington 14 OT
  • Pine Forest 41, PHS 30
  • Pace 49, Fort Walton 28
  • Baker 26, Holmes County 14

ALABAMA

  • Flomaton 55, Jay 26 [More...]
  • W.S. Neal 42. Escambia County (Atmore) 14
  • T.R. Miller 17, Tallassee 14
  • Autauga Academy 28, Escambia Academy 18

Tate Opens Season With New Coach, Big Win Over Biloxi

August 29, 2015

New Tate High School football coach Jay Lindsey opened his career with the Aggies with a big 38-7 win over Biloxi.

The Aggies took the lead at Pete Gindl Stadium in Cantonment with 9:41 on the clock in the first on a 33-yard pass from Sawyer Smith to Reginald Payne. With a good kick from Evan Legassey, the Aggies were up 7-0. The Aggies struck again on a 24-yard run from Jack Henry with 6:47 to go in the first quarter. Then, with 2:46 to go in the first, Tate scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Smith, 21-0. By halftime, the Aggies were up 24-0 with a second quarter 37-yard field goal from Legassey.

With 1:32 to go in the third, Alondo Thompkins added a 58-yard touchdown run.

The Tate Aggies will be at West Florida High next Friday night at 7:30.

Look for an upcoming gallery with more photos on NorthEscambia.com.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

6A Bulldogs Top The 1A Northview Chiefs

August 29, 2015

The 6A Crestview Bulldogs defeated the 1A Northview Chiefs 47-20 Friday night in Crestview.

Luke Ward added the first points on the night for the Chiefs on a 23-yard touchdown run. He scored again on an 80-yard run and on a 47-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Grant.

The Chiefs will sit out next Friday night as their only open date of the season.  On September 11, the Northview Chiefs will host the 6A Gulf Breeze Dolphins at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt.

Look for an upcoming photo gallery with more pictures.

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

Flomaton Tops Jay

August 29, 2015

In their second week of play, the Flomaton Hurricanes spoiled the regular season opener for the Jay Royals 55-26 Friday night in Flomaton.

At the end of the first quarter, the Canes and Royals were tied at 13-13, but the Canes took the lead to never look back.

Flomaton (2-0)  will travel to Chatom, AL, next Friday night to take on Washington County, while the Royals will host Resurrection Catholic from Pascagoula, MS.

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NorthEscambia.com photos by Michele Gibbs, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Beat Generals

August 29, 2015

Pensacola right-hander Daniel Wright blanked Jackson on one hit through eight innings and the Blue Wahoos stayed on top of the South Division with nine game left in the season.

Wright end up lasting a season-high 8.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits as Pensacola defeated the Generals, 7-1, in the series opener Friday at The Ballpark at Jackson. Wright’s record improved to 10-10 with a 4.50 ERA this year.

Pensacola moved to 35-26 in the second half of the Southern League and remained in sole possession of first place 1.5 games ahead of Mississippi with nine games to play. The Braves also defeated Biloxi, 7-1, to move to 33-27.

Pensacola left fielder Jesse Winker was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. He has hit in 19 of his 24 games this month. He is hitting .373 (31-83) in August and .316 in the second half.

The Cincinnati Reds top prospect currently holds the Pensacola Triple Crown, leading the team with 13 home runs, 55 RBIs and a .280 batting average.

Pensacola, which smacked 11 hits in the game, had four other players with multi-hit games, including shortstop Alex Blandino (2-5 with one RBI), center fielder Beau Amaral (2-4, two runs scored, one RBI), DH Juan Duran (2-5 with a run scored), and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (2-5 with a run scored).

Ernest Ward Middle Topples Jay, 22-20

August 28, 2015

Ernest Ward Middle School opened their football season with a 22-20 win over the Jay Royals Thursday night in Walnut Hill. The EWMS Eagles will travel to T.R. Miller on September 3.

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NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


Northview Fans ‘Meet The Chiefs’ (With Gallery)

August 28, 2015

Northview High School’s Quarterback Club held a “Meet the Chiefs” event Thursday evening, giving fans a chance to get to know the team prior to the start of the regular season Friday night. Fans also had a chance to meet the cheerleaders and dance team. The Chiefs will travel to Crestview Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in a non-district game.

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Wahoos Rally, Up 1.5 Games In South Division

August 28, 2015

All second half of the Southern League season, left fielder Jesse Winker came through with a big hit when Pensacola needed it.

Winker’s last one — a double in the right field corner in the eighth inning — was the biggest and came under the most pressure.

It not only cleared the loaded bases by driving in three runs to catapult the Blue Wahoos back into the lead, 9-8, over the Mississippi Braves, it put Pensacola 1.5 games up on the Braves in the race for the playoffs in the second half of the Southern League’s South Division.

By the end of the eighth inning, Pensacola had scored five runs and beat Mississippi, 11-8, and received a standing ovation from its 23rd sellout of 5,038 Thursday night at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

Pensacola improved to 34-26 in the second half and remained in sole possession of first place, while Mississippi fell to 32-27.

With 10 games left in the season, this is the latest Pensacola has been in first place since July 22, 2012 in its first season.

Winker said he was looking for a fastball to hit deep and at least get a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Instead, he ripped a line drive to reach base all five times he came to bat. Winker was 2-2 with a double, four RBIs, three runs and walked three times. The last time he got on base five times was on June 11, 2014 for the Bakersfield Blaze.

“How sweet,” said Winker, who was drenched with water by his teammates after the game. “It was unbelievable with the playoff atmosphere, plus PK’s (manager Pat Kelly) birthday. It was real cool. It was a real fun game to be a part of.”

Winker has hit in 18 of his 23 games this month. He is hitting .367 (29-79) in August and .312 in the second half. The Cincinnati Reds top prospect currently holds the Pensacola Triple Crown, leading the team with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and a .278 batting average.

In top of the fifth inning with Pensacola leading, 4-1, the video board flashed birthday wishes to Pensacola manager Pat Kelly, who turned 60 Thursday. One photo was him with a mustache during his minor league playing days and the other a shot from this season. He tipped his cap to the crowd and smiled.

However, Mississippi scored five runs after that in the fifth. Braves right fielder KD Kang came through with a three-run homer to left to knot the game, 4-4. Kang has reached base in 29 straight road games this year, the longest streak in the Southern League this season.

Then, the Braves second baseman Levi Hyams drove in two more runs on a line drive over the head of Pensacola center fielder Phillip Ervin to put Mississippi ahead, 6-4.

Mississippi added two more runs to go ahead, 8-4, in the seventh inning when Pensacola shortstop Alex Blandino threw wide of first base trying to turn a double play that allowed the Braves third baseman Rio Ruiz and catcher Matt Kennelly to score.

Pensacola entered the game 3-56 when trailing in the seventh inning.

“It was fantastic,” Kelly said of Pensacola’s rally in the eighth inning to win the game. “We were dead in the water. I thought, ‘Man, we are really in trouble.’”

But right fielder Juan Duran laced a low line drive single to centerfield with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning to bring home Blandino and Winker and pull the Blue Wahoos within, 8-6. He ended up going 2-4 with a three-run home run for five RBIs on the night.

Duran’s homer in the third inning was Pensacola’s 16th dinger in 24 games. After hitting just 25 home runs in the first half, the Blue Wahoos have clobbered 76 home runs on the season, which is third best in the Southern League.

Winker and Kelly both expressed optimism about making the playoffs with a series against the Jackson Generals in Tennessee and then its final homestand against Mobile at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

“We are all locked in on what we can do to win,” Winker said. “It’s something special to be a part of. I hope we go there (to Jackson) and take five.”

Kelly said beating Mississippi in a five-game series for the first time this season is huge.

“This puts us in a great position by winning it,” Kelly said. “It takes us to the Jackson series with some momentum. We’re going into that series in good spirits.”

Wahoos Move Into First Place

August 27, 2015

Cody Reed held the Mississippi Braves to one run and struck out eight in six innings of work as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos won, 3-1, Wednesday night to move into first place in the second half of South Division play in the Southern League.

Wednesday night, Reed showed the 4,201 Blue Wahoos fans at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium what he’s made of. In the battle to make the playoffs, Reed retired nine Mississippi Braves in a row at one point.

On the road, Reed has a 3-0 record and 0.41 earned-run average. At home? Reed was 0-2, lasting just 7.2 innings with an 11.74 ERA.

Pensacola improved to 33-26 in the second half and sole possession of first place, while Mississippi fell to 32-26.

Reed said he knew he lacked his usual good stuff but wasn’t about to let the Braves have a big inning. He struggled early throwing 60 pitches over the first three innings.

“It wasn’t my sharpest day but I got through six innings,” said Reed, who came to Pensacola from the Kansas City organization in a trade for the Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto. “You just got to work through it. I love having that pressure of being the guy they give the ball to.”

Pensacola manager Pat Kelly, who turns 60 Thursday, said Reed’s six innings was exactly what the Blue Wahoos needed Wednesday against Mississippi. Reed improved to 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA.

“I had more guys in turf shoes than cleats tonight,” he said. “I love (Reed’s) stuff. He has a plus fastball with a plus slider. He really competes. He was upset he gave up one run.”

Pensacola scored first in the fourth inning when left fielder Jesse Winker walked and scored on right fielder Juan Duran’s fielder choice to go up, 1-0.

The Blue Wahoos added another in the next inning when Kyle Skipworth hit a shot to right field that was dropped for an error. He scored on Winker’s ground out to the first baseman for a 2-0 Pensacola lead.

But back-to-back doubles by Mississippi’s Keven Ahrens and Rio Ruiz brought the Braves within one run at, 2-1.

Pensacola, though, added an insurance run in the eighth inning to go up, 3-1, when shortstop Alex Blandino hit a rocket to centerfield for a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Marquez Smith.

Kelly said he’s glad to be in the hunt for a playoff spot with 11 games left in the season. The latest Pensacola has had sole possession of first place was July 22, 2012 in its first season.

“If you had told me in April or May that we would be here I would have told you that you were crazy,” Kelly said. “This is great. It’s nice being here at this point. We just gotta keep going.”

NHS To Hold Meet The Chiefs (With Bonus Cheerleader, Dance, Band Photos)

August 26, 2015

Northview High School will hold “Meet The Chiefs” Thursday at 7 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet the football players and cheerleaders ahead of the regular season.

A meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. for parents of football players.

For cheerleader, dance, band and NJROTC photos, click here.

Pictured: The Northview band, cheerleaders, dance team and NJROTC from last Friday night. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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