1A Northview Chiefs Battle To 35-28 Win Over 4A Walton

October 25, 2014

The 1A Northview Chiefs battled to a 35-28 win over the 4A Walton Braves of Defuniak Springs Friday night in Bratt – a battle between two teams headed into the playoffs in their respective classes.

“That was a great football game. That was two very good football teams competing at a high level with big plays back and forth,” Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said. “Their offense is explosive, and they’ve got a heck of a running back that is just so physical and hard to get on the ground.”

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The Braves jumped out to an early 7-0 lead just 40 seconds into the game.  The Chiefs evened it out at 7-7 with 7:03 in the first with a 10-yard run from Keondrae Lett and a good kick from Chasen Freeman. Still in the first, with 1:54 on the board, Cameron Newsome added another Chiefs TD, 13-7.

With 6:48 in the second, Walton took a 14-13 lead, with Northview popping back on top 21-14 and carrying a lead into the half.

At 7:10 in the third, Lett added another Northview TD for a 28-14 lead over the Walton Braves , who answered with another touchdown two minutes later, 28-20 Northview on top.

After Walton tied it up 28-28, Northview took the lead at 35-28 with 55 seconds in third quarter on a Jacob Dunsford pass to Nick Lambert for a 77-yard touchdown. The Chiefs held on for the win with a scoreless fourth quarter.

“It’s a huge win, and hopefully it’s going to carry us over into next week,” Wheatley said.

Next Friday is shaping up to be the game of the regular season for the Chiefs as they travel Highway 4 take on the Baker Gators for the district championship. The Gators are rolling on an 18 game regular season winning streak, while Northview is 6-1 with their single loss against much larger 6A Choctawhatchee. Both NHS and BHS are 2-0 on the district.

“It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be exiting. Our kids are anxious,” Wheatley said. “I think our kids know exactly what is at stake. Some of these guys were here last year when Baker came over and beat us and won the district championship. What we’ve got to do is execute and not have turnovers. We need to just play clean football, but I believe we’ll be ready.”

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Tate Blows Away Fort Walton Beach 56-20 (With Photo Gallery)

October 25, 2014

The Tate High Aggies blew past the Fort Walton Beach Vikings Friday night, 56-20.

Tate quarterback Sawyer Smith recorded 273 yards, including three touchdown passes. Reggie Payne caught nine passes for 100 yards plus a 46-yard touchdown pass. Smith also found Darren Lee and Bradley Trombly for second half  TDS’s.

Smith put the Aggies on the board with a one yard dive, plus Corey Moorer scored with a 25-yard run to give Tate a 14-0 lead in the fist quarter.

The Aggies (7-2, 1-1) will sit out next week before hosting the Escambia Gators for Tate Senior Night on November 7.

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

Friday Night Football Finals

October 25, 2014

Here’s a look at high school final schools from around the area tonight:


  • Northview 35, Walton 28 [Read more...]
  • Tate 56, Fort Walton Beach 20 [Read more...]
  • Jay 64, Cottondale 36
  • West Florida 33, Arnold 7
  • Escambia 43, Pace 7
  • Milton 28, Pine Forest 26  OT
  • Baker 35, Franklin Co. 7
  • PHS 40, Washington 10
  • Catholic 56, Gulf Breeze 35


  • Sweetwater 38, Flomaton 12
  • T.R. Miller 44, Excel 0
  • W.S. Neal 55, Southside Selma 8
  • Escambia County (Atmore) 42, Monroe County 30
  • Escambia Academy 41, Glenwood 0

Northwest Escambia Senior Chiefs In Playoffs Tonight Against Jay

October 25, 2014

The Northwest Escambia Senior Chiefs football team will face the Jay Royals in the playoffs tonight at 7:15 at  W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton, AL. The Chiefs are Western Division Champs in the Escambia River Conference.

With a win Saturday night, the Senior Chiefs would play for the Escambia River Conference Championship at Tommy Weaver Memorial  Stadium at Northview High School on November 1.

Northview Chiefs Name Players Of The Week

October 23, 2014

The Northview Chiefs have named Players of the Week from last Friday night’s 43-9 away win over Freeport. They are:

Keondrae Lett –14 carries, 216 yards, three touchdowns and one catch for 10 yards

Toney Harrison – eight total tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack

Chasen Freeman — two good PAT, one field goal, 39 yards per punt, one punt downed inside 20

Everette Garvey — for a tackle on sideline
Hunter Cofield — for a block on TD run

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Flomaton Defeats Ernest Ward (With Photo Gallery)

October 22, 2014

The Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles, the only middle school football team in Escambia County (FL), wrapped up their season Tuesday night in Walnut Hill. The visiting Flomaton Hurricanes defeated the Eagles 22-6.

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Tate Gets District Win Over Crestview (With Photo Gallery)

October 18, 2014

The Tate Aggies beat the Crestview Bulldogs Friday night, 42-28

With 6:31 to go in the first quarter, the Bulldogs took an early lead that they held until  the second. With 10:11 in the half, the Aggies tied it up 7-7 with a 34-yard touchdown on fourth and 11 from junior quarterback Sawyer Smith to Reginald Payne.

Alondo Thompkins propelled Tate into a 14-7 lead with a 55-yard touchdown run with 8:14 on the clock in the second. Then, with 4:12 in the half, Payne was in for his second touchdown of the night on a sneak play from 1-yard out, and Tate was up 21-7 with 4:12 in the second quarter.

Smith found Darren Lee for a 45-yarder with 50.3 second on the clock for a 28-7 Tate lead at the half.

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Less than three minutes into the third quarter, Tate moved up to 35-7 with a 12-yard keeper from Smith. Crestview scored twice before Alonte Thompson made it 42-21 with a 1-yard touchdown dash. Crestview capitalized on an Aggie fumble  with 8:09 in the fourth, 42-21.

Crestview recovered an onside kick for one more touchdown with 6:23 on the clock for the night’s 42-28 final.

The Tate Aggies improved to 6-2 overall, and an important 1-1 in the district.

“The district win is huge in a three team district,” Coach Ronnie Douglas said. “Our backs were against the wall because if we don’t win, we’re done.”

“We still have a real good chance. Crestview and Niceville still have to play, so we are still waiting on that.”  Last season, Crestview beat Niceville, leading to a three-way tie and a district shootout.

Tate will host Fort Walton Beach next Friday night, 7:30 in Cantonment.

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

High School Football Finals

October 18, 2014

Here is a look at Friday night’s high school football finals score from around the area.


  • Northview 43, Freeport 9 [Read more...]
  • Tate 42, Crestview  28 [Read more...]
  • Baker 42, Jay 14
  • West Florida 27, Gulf Breeze 7
  • Washington 23, Pine Forest 14
  • Escambia 44, Milton 34
  • Pensacola 35, Pace 10
  • Arnold 38, Catholic 36


  • Flomaton 38, St. Lukes 26
  • W.S. Neal 47,  Satsuma 21
  • St. Pauls 49, Escambia County (Atmore) 12
  • Escambia Academy 48, Pike Liberal Arts 14
  • Open: T.R. Miller

Northview Pounds Freeport

October 18, 2014

The Northview Chiefs were ranked No. 5 in the state in Class 1A as they headed into a 43-9 pounding of the Freeport Bulldogs Friday night in Freeport.

Northview jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a touchdown from Lett.

Freeport worked their way to the red zone, but their endzone pass was picked off by Cameron Newsome for a return that set up a Chiefs 30-yard field goal, 10-0 Northview.

Tydraee Bradley added another touchdown for the Chiefs with 1:45 to go in the first quarter, 16-0. The Chiefs rolled on to a 31-0 halftime advantage before allowing a touchdown and field goal from Freeport in the second half.

Lett  rushed for just 220 yards Friday night along with three touchdowns  two weeks after setting a school single game record of a 313 total rushing yards.  The senior is now well over 1,000 yards for the season — 523 of those yards in his last two games for those doing the math.

Newsome is at about 500 yards for the season after earning 137 yards along with a touchdown Friday night.

Chiefs are now 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the district. They will host 4A Walton Friday night before taking on the undefeated Baker Gators for the district championship October 31 in Baker.

Pictured top: The Northview Chiefs in action against Freeport Friday night in Freeport. Pictured inset: The Chiefs’ Cameron Newsome goes down after a long interception return, setting up a 30-yard Northview field  goal. Images courtesy WEAR 3 for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Foley Defeats Ernest Ward

October 17, 2014

The Foley Lions defeated the Ernest Ward Middle School Eagle Thursday night, 26-12.

Ernest Ward, Escambia County’s only middle school football team, will wrap up their season at home next Tuesday at 6 p.m. as they host the Flomaton Hurricanes.

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