Northview, Neal, ECHS, Flomaton Dig Pink For Cancer Awareness

October 14, 2016

Northview, Flomaton, W.S. Neal and Escambia County High (Atmore) high schools held a  Dig Pink volleyball tournament Thursday afternoon at Northview.

Northview won the junior varsity portion of the tournament. Complete results, including the varsity winner, were not available.

All proceeds from the gate will go to the Side-Out Foundation for cancer research. Northview also sold shirts for the event and all those proceeds will also be donated to the Side-Out Foundation. The schools hosted a hospitality room for survivors, referees, and coaches. Survivors present at the game were admitted free and received a special treat from the volleyball players.

The Side-Out Foundation funds breast cancer research and support with “cutting-edge clinical trials at renowned medical institutions. . . which has extended the lives of people with Stage 4 breast cancer.” In addition to cancer research, the Side-Out Foundation also provides support services for cancer patients and their families.

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Northview Football Names Players Of The Week

October 12, 2016

Northview High School has named the following as Players of Week following the team’s game last week at Liberty County.

Neikel Robinson – 8 receptions, 193 yards, 1 TD
Jeremiah Woods – 12 carries, 97 yards, 2 TD

Hunter Cofield – 10 total tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks
Jared Aliff – 8 total tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries

MJ Jones – Hit on Liberty County WR to dislodge ball on pass attempt
Dustin Bethea – Hit on interception return in 2nd quarter photo, click to enlarge.

Judge: FWC Must Keep Deer-Dog Hunters Off Private Property

October 11, 2016

A Leon County circuit judge has ordered the state Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to stop deer-dog hunters from going on private property within the borders of a state wildlife management area in the Panhandle.

Judge Karen Gievers found that the state agency’s continued permission of the hunt within the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area in Okaloosa County and Santa Rosa counties is a “nuisance” that has interfered with the property owners’ right to enjoy their land.

The order doesn’t call for a stop to such hunting, and it will be up to the state agency to determine how to keep the hunters from going onto private property.

Fish & Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Susan Smith said the agency is reviewing the judge’s order, issued on Sept. 30. Smith said that, since July 1, the agency requires dogs in that area to be equipped with devices that allow behavior correction in addition to remote tracking.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2014 by retired U.S. Air Force pilot and National Rifle Association member William Daws, Jr., and his wife, Ouida Gershon, who sought to put an end to deer-dog hunting in the portion of the Blackwater area where they have lived since 2005. Twelve of their neighbors joined the suit earlier this year.

David Theriaque, a lawyer who represents the plaintiffs who live within the Blackwater area, said the order will provide relief to those property owners.

“All my folks have wanted for years was just to be able to use their property … without being subject to hunters and deer dogs shooting across their property,” Theriaque said.

Daws and Gershon claimed that, during the 44 days the state allows deer dog hunting, they have been threatened by hunters. Daws and Gershon alleged that their mailbox had been shot and derogatory graffiti was written in the road in front of their home. Dogs chasing deer can scare rescued horses on their property, the couple said.

Theriaque said he believes this is the first case in the country in which a court has ruled an agency must halt deer dog hunters from going on private property.

Deer-dog hunters use canines to trail deer through the woods. The dogs are unleashed when deer tracks are found or when hunters are within areas deer are known to frequent. The hunters typically follow in pickup trucks to where the dogs are expected to round up the deer for shooting.

Gievers found that “the plaintiff’s rights to the quiet enjoyment of their property had been invaded and interfered with” by the deer-dog hunters during the 12.1 percent of the year when the hunting is allowed.

“For now, it is clear that the trespasses onto the plaintiffs’ property and the interference with the plaintiffs’ property rights is a direct result of the FWC’s continued allowance of deer dog hunting in an area known to contain private property,” Gievers wrote in her 42-page order.

A hearing is set for Nov. 7 to determine if the court should proceed with a jury trial regarding damages. Daws and Gershon are asking for at least $15,000 in damages, claiming the state agency’s issuance of permits to deer-dog hunters has deprived them of their constitutional rights as property owners.

According to the lawsuit, the couple sought changes to deer-dog hunting for four years as efforts to protect rescue animals they care for on the property resulted in being “harassed, bullied, and threatened by deer-dog hunters, including deer-dog hunters firing their guns over the heads of the Daws.”

In 2005, the commission shrank the space allowed within the 200,000-acre Blackwater wildlife area for deer-dog hunting from 78,172 acres to 19,589 acres, while also closing a number of roads to the hunters.

Shortly before the lawsuit was filed in 2014, the state commission was advised by staff that closing more areas to hunting with dogs is possible, “however, interest in hunting with dogs remains extremely high.”

The state agency had argued in part that the court would violate Florida’s separation of powers law by issuing any order.

But Gievers disagreed, writing that the amended lawsuit did not seek to change FWC rules or regulations, “nor micromanage the deer hunting program.”

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Bonus Gallery: Tate Vs. Pace

October 10, 2016

For a bonus gallery from Friday night’s Tate vs. Pace game, click here.

For a story and photo gallery from Markus Baxley’s touchdown, click here. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

UWF Argos Win At Mississippi College

October 9, 2016

Led by another strong offensive performance and a stingy first-half defense, the University of West Florida improved to 4-2 on the season after a 42-28 victory over Mississippi College on Saturday.

The receiving trio of Antoine Griffin, Ishmel Morrow and Caleb Robinson helped quarterback Kaleb Nobles go 22-for-32 passing with 282 yards and four touchdowns. Griffin, Morrow and Robinson each posted at least 60 yards receiving, with Griffin leading the way with eight receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Trent Archie led the way with seven solo tackles and his team-leading third interception of the season. UWF limited MC to 186 yards of offense in the first half, and posted five tackles for a loss and two sacks in the contest.

UWF (4-2, 2-1 GSC) made the most of its first drive, as Nobles connected with Griffin with a 52-yard strike to jump out to a 7-0 lead after a four-play, 54-second opening drive.

Mississippi College (2-4, 0-4 GSC) appeared to have something working on the next drive, but an ill-advised throw from Sharone Wright was picked off by Archie and returned 52 yards to the MC 22-yard line.

West Florida would make the most of the turnover, needing six plays to eventually post its second Nobles-to-Griffin connection to put UWF up 14-0 just over halfway through the first quarter.

As the first quarter was winding down, Chris Manning was able to intercept a Nobles pass and return it 27 yards for the Choctaws’ first touchdown of the contest.

The second quarter followed a similar script for UWF, as a 35-yard pass interference penalty gave the Argos prime field position at the opponent’s 21 yard-line. Nobles would connect with Morrow on back-to-back plays, including a drive-capping 15-yard touchdown to put UWF up 20-7.

Before the end of the half, Andrew Bogaenko split the uprights on a 32-yard attempt to send the teams into the locker room with a 23-7 Argonaut lead.

Bogaenko converted on another field goal shortly into the third quarter, and after MC responded with a touchdown to make the score 26-14, Marcus Clayton returned it 73 yards to give the Argos prime field position at the 11-yard line.

With that field position, UWF used a two-play, 36-second yard drive that was finished with Anas Hasic’s GSC-leading seventh receiving touchdown of the year. Nobles recorded his fourth scoring pass of the game with the nine-yard strike to Hasic.

With the score at 36-21, Grey Jackson led an eight-play, 83-yard drive using that took off 4:51 on the clock. Jackson, who posted a 23-yard run and a 31-yard pass to Caleb Robinson during the drive, pushed the score to 42-21 after he scampered for his first rushing touchdown of the year on a 13-yard run to the end zone.

Mississippi College would take it to the end zone with just under two minutes remaining, but the 14-point advantage proved to be too much after Clayton recovered a Choctaw on-side kick at the UWF 49-yard line.

West Florida scored in all six of its red zone attempts, which totaled 32 points for the Argonauts. UWF went 11-for-14 in third down attempts, while holding MC to an 8-for-13 success rate.

Clayton was a dynamic presence on special teams, totaling 143 yards on four kick returns. West Florida held Mississippi College to less than half that average, as the Choctaws only accumulated 15 yards per kick return.

UWF’s 499 yards of total offense is just a single yard shy of the team’s season best. UWF utilized 170 yards on the ground, led by Jemari Ford who rushed for 70 yards on 18 attempts. Jackson had six rushing attempts, including his touchdown, and garnered 41 yards for a 6.8 yards per carry average.

West Florida returns to the state of Mississippi next weekend, looking for its third consecutive GSC win when it faces Delta State (3-3, 2-2). The Argos and Statesmen are set to kick off at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Cleveland, Miss.

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‘This Is Football’ — Tate’s Markus Baxley Scores Touchdown Of A Lifetime

October 8, 2016

Friday night was an emotional dream come true for Tate High School senior Markus Baxley, his football brothers and the entire Aggie Nation.

Markus has cerebral palsy and has spent his high school career as an honorary member of the Aggies team. He’s never scored a touchdown, made a tackle or even played a single down.  But he embodies that Aggie spirit, and has always provided the support his team needs. Now his team has stepped up to make his dream of playing a reality.

Friday night, he was out of his wheelchair leading his team onto the field as he’s done before. But it was a night like never before at Pete Gindl Stadium.  Markus played a special pre-game down, running with help from his team for a 10-yard touchdown. That sent his Aggie teammates rushing onto the field to celebrate the play, which will earn Markus his letter in football. (Video below.)

Click here for a photo gallery.

Not bad for a young man that doctors said would never walk and never talk.

“It was awesome,” Markus said after the play that left thousands with tears in their eyes.

Before the Aggies took the field, and before his big play, Markus fired up his teammates in his usual fashion.

“This ain’t about me,” he said in a pre-game huddle. “It’s a family effort. I’ve known you for God knows how long. Y’all don’t stop until those quarters are done. After the quarters are done, then we can celebrate…This ain’t no pretty girl pageant…This is football. Go out there and show them boys we have more heart than they do.”

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For a game summary, click here. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Tate Pounds Pace

October 8, 2016

The Tate Aggies beat the Pace Patriots riday night, 55-34.

On the first play of the game, senior running back Corey Moorer was in on a 65-yard touchdown run for a quick 7-0 Aggie lead.

On the next possession for Tate, quarterback Jack Henry found Corey Young for a 35-yard touchdown, 14-0 Aggies with 9:36 in the first. And Henry put the Aggies up 21-0 on a 21-yard quarterback keeper. The Patriots were on the board in first as the Aggies answered with another touchdown from Henry to end the first quarter 24-6. By the half, Tate was up 31-6.

The Tate Aggies (6-1, 1-0) will host the Escambia Gators (3-5, 2-0) next Friday night at Pete Gindl Stadium.

For a story, photos and video from Markus Baxley’s big touchdown, click here.

A photo gallery from Friday night’s game will be posted by Monday. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Northview Ends Road Series With Win Over Liberty County

October 8, 2016

The Northview Chiefs were back in Florida Friday night wrapping up three weeks and near 1,000 miles on the road with an Eastern time zone  34-15 win over the Liberty County Bulldogs in Bristol.

Liberty County surged to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter before the Chiefs rallied to score 34 unanswered points.

Last year, Liberty County spoiled Northview’s homecoming 37-14.

The Chiefs were under the leadership of temporary head coach Glenn Weber for Friday night’s game. Coach Derek Marshman was sitting out a one game suspension by the Florida High School Athletic Association following a forfeiture last week to Maplesville, AL. [Read more...]

Northview (4-3) will open district play next week as they host the Jay Royals (0-7) for the Chiefs’ homecoming in Bratt. file photo.

Friday Night Football Finals

October 8, 2016

Here are final scores from around the area Friday night:


  • Tate 55, Pace 34
  • Northview 34, Liberty County 15
  • Cottondale 48, Jay 36
  • Navarre 17, Escambia 13
  • Crestview 34, Milton 21
  • Gulf Breeze 49, Walton 0
  • West Florida 56 , Catholic 7
  • Baler 35, South Walton 9


  • T.R. Miller 35, Flomaton 21
  • Escambia Academy 35, Clarke Prep 0
  • UMS Wright 37, W.S. Neal 37
  • Thomasville 62, Escambia County (Atmore) 0

FHSAA Hands Down Punishment To Northview Chiefs For Forfeiting Game

October 7, 2016

The Florida High School Athletic Association has handed down punishment to Northview High School for forfeiting a game in the third quarter last Friday night against Maplesville High School in Alabama.

The FHSSA action states that Northview High School’s varsity football team is not permitted to travel outside the state of Florida to compete in a contest until after the 2018-2019 school year. Northview, however, remains eligible to compete in the state championship series in Florida.

A FHSAA rules states that a team that forfeits a contracted game for any reason other than weather shall become ineligible to participate in the state playoffs; however, the FHSAA chose not to implement that penalty according to a Thursday email.

According to Principal Gayle Weaver, Northview Head Coach Dereck Marshman has also been suspended for one game, which will be Friday night’s contest at Liberty County in Bristol.  She said assistant coach Glenn Weber will lead the team.

In making their ruling the FHSAA reviewed statements and game film provide by Northview, the contest official’s game report, spoke to the game official and spoke to the athletic director at Maplesville High Schoool.

After the game at Maplesville, Weaver told that after Marshman was ejected for two consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, she made the call to end the contest with 1:40 to go in the third because “it was no longer a safe environment”.

“The officiating got out of hand,” she said Friday night. “They were trash talking, and they were not officiating. They were not providing a safe environment and it was a danger to our team, everyone on the sidelines and our fans. Someone could have been hurt badly.”

Weaver said Marshman was attempting to get an explanation for a penalty flag when he was ejected. Weaver said the head referee would not provide any explanation or talk to anyone from Northview.

The Maplesville Red Devils are the defending Alabama 1A state champions and were 4-0 headed into Friday night’s game, outscoring opponents 211-14 this season.  Friday night, the Red Devils were only up 6-0 headed into halftime against the Northview Chiefs. They had increased their lead to 21-0 by the third quarter, when the game came to halt  in the third.

“At that point, it was no longer a game,” Weaver said. photos.

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