Tate Grad Lorzeno Long Leads Wofford College To Big Win

September 16, 2014

2013 Tate High School graduate Lorenzo Long led Wofford College Terriers to a 42-27 win over North Greenville Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Long had 138 yards on 15 carries for the 1-1 Terriers and three touchdowns.

Long scored with 3:23 in the third on a four-yard touchdown run. After North Greenville went three and out and punted. With the ball back, Wofford used a 46-yard run by Lorenzo Long to move downfield. Long ended the drive with a one-yard run for a 35-20 lead with 12:33 left in the game.

After one first down from North Greenville, Wofford regained the ball and Long recorded his third touchdown of the day on a on a four-yard run for a 42-20 lead with 9:43 left on the clock.

Northview Rolls Over Chipley (With Photo Gallery)

September 13, 2014

The Northview Chiefs rolled over the Chipley Tigers Friday night in Bratt, 24-6.

The Chiefs lit up the scoreboard first with a 17-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Grant to Jacob Weaver. A missed kick, and Northview was up 6-0. Senior Keondrae Lett scored three touchdowns for the Chiefs, the first  from a couple of yards out just a couple of minutes before the half, the second on a 75-yard run with 5:00 in the third quarter, and the final seal the deal TD early in the fourth.  Lett’s third quarter touchdown was set up by a Nick Lambert interception at Northview’s 15 and a return to Chipley’s 33.

Overall, Lett was close to 240 yards on the night.

“I thought our offensive line did a good job tonight,” Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said after the win. “I thought our running backs ran the ball extremely well.”

Chipley’s only score of the night came a lateral when Northview appeared to think the ball was dead.

“Our defense stepped up big. We game them one touchdown in the first half kind of on a flukish play when we thought we had him stopped. We gave up no points in the second half, and that was huge,” he said.

Friday night might not be the only meeting of the year between Chipley and Northview. Both are in different districts in Class 1A and could feasibly meet again in regional play in late November.

For a photo gallery, click here. (Cheerleader, band, dance team and mini-majorette photos have been delayed for technical reasons and will be published as soon as possible.)

The Chiefs (3-0) will be off next Friday night and travel to Fort Walton Beach to play Choctaw on September 26.

During the two weeks downtime, Wheatley said the team will work “fine tune little things”. “We are not where we need to be, but we are doing enough, and we know we can do better.”

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Tate Blows Away Panama City Bay (With Photo Gallery)

September 13, 2014

The Tate Aggies beat Panama City Bay 47-0 Friday night in Panama City in a game that ended with the mercy rule’s running clock.

The Aggies blew the Tornadoes away with 450 yards.

Tate’s first touchdown of the night came on a 10-yard fun from Alondo Thompkins. A few minutes later, the Aggies improved to 12-0 with a nine yard run keeper from quarterback Sawyer Smith. Smith found Payne on three touchdown passes, the first just seconds before the end of the half to put the Aggies up 26-0.  The final Tate TD of the night came from reserve quarterback Jacob Hamrick from the one.

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Tate Aggies (2-1) will celebrate homecoming next Friday at 7:30 as they host West Gadsden.

Photos by Jennifer Repine for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Friday Night Football Finals

September 13, 2014

Here is a look at Friday night’s high school finals.


  • Northview 24, Chipley 6 [Read more...]
  • Vernon 42, Jay 3
  • Tate 47,  P.C. Bay 0 [Read more...]
  • West Florida 19,  Cairo (GA) 7
  • Niceville 48, Pine Forest 0
  • Escambia 45, Rutherford 7
  • PHS 25, Catholic 17
  • Washington 48, Lake Area (LA) 7
  • Navarre 49, at Pace 21
  • Baker 42,  Holmes County 13
  • Rickards 28, Crestview 7 12
  • Milton 48, Ft. Walton 21
  • Arnold 37, Freeport 7


  • Leroy 19, Flomaton 12
  • T.R. Miller 55, Cottage Hill 14
  • B.C. Rain 29,  Escambia County (Atmore) 6
  • Ecambia Academy 54, Fort Dale 12
  • W.S. Neal — (open)

Football: Wins For Tate JV, Ernest Ward Middle

September 12, 2014

The JV Tate Aggies and the Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles both recorded wins on the road Thursday night.

The junior varsity Tate Aggies beat Escambia 22-20 in a come back win at Emmitt Smith Field. The JV Aggies (2-1) will host Pine Forest September 25.

In middle school action, Ernest Ward beat the Bay Minette Middle School Tigers 38-20 in Bay Minette. Ernest Ward will be on the road again Tuesday against the Hurricanes of Flomaton. The Eagles will play their first home game on Thursday, September 25 at 6 p.m. as they host Spanish Fort.

Florida May Expand Use Of Silencers For Hunting, Including For Deer

September 11, 2014

Hunting game in Florida could become a little less noisy by the end of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday advanced a proposal that would remove a prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.

The proposal will now be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register, and the commission is expected to vote on the new rule in November.

While critics said muzzling rifle shots could increase the risk of people being struck by wayward bullets or cause people to wander unaware into hunting areas, backers of the proposal said such concerns are unfounded.

Commissioner Brian Yablonski noted that suppressors take out some of the big bang and recoil, but they don’t silence weapons as depicted in the movies.

“It still makes a very loud sound and this was in all cases,” Yablonski said during a commission meeting in Kissimmee. “We’re talking louder than a rock concert, louder than a jackhammer with the suppressor.”

Commission staff, hunters and a representative from the suppressor industry defended the proposal as a means to protect hunters’ hearing, lessen the impact of hunting on others and even help while introducing people to the sport.

Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association, estimated that 40,000 suppressors are already owned in Florida.

Florida currently allows the use of suppressors on shotguns for game hunting. A suppressor can also be placed on a rifle or pistol when hunting on private lands for non-game wildlife, which includes hogs, furbearers and armadillos.

Buck Holly, an owner of C&H Precision Weapons in LaBelle, projected that by lifting the ban, sales of suppressors at his Hendry County business would grow from about two to five a month to up to 10 a month. He said that would allow him to add one or two jobs.

“I know in most counties one to two jobs isn’t a big blip on the radar, but in Hendry and Glades counties, one or two is a tremendous economic boost,” Holly said.

Patricia Brigham, chair of the League of Women Voters’ Gun Safety Committee, cautioned that a proliferation of silencers would reduce public safety.

“They’re going to be used in such a way that they’re not intended to be used, which is to harm other human beings,” Brigham warned. “There are more important things than protecting the hearing of a hunter, than encouraging a young person to hunt … the more important thing is the errant bullet catching the sleeve of a nearby hiker, penetrating the skin of nearby hiker, penetrating the heart of a nearby hiker.”

Katherine McGill, a founding member of the National Urban Wildlife Coalition, said more time should be given to the review.

“I have no problem with suppressors personally. If someone is target-shooting near my property I’d be glad that they are using them. I’d like them to be put on fireworks, too,” McGill said. “But I don’t want to be riding my horse in the woods and not hear that hunter out there.”

Suppressors are allowed in 32 states for all hunting.

Division of Hunting and Game Management Director Diane Eggeman said lifting the prohibition isn’t expected to lead to a widespread proliferation of the use of suppressors. She estimated a rifle suppressor costs between $750 and $2,000, while individuals also have to pay $200 for a federal criminal background check.

Holly placed the cost for most suppressors between $450 and $1,000.

by Jim Turner, The News Service

Northview Chiefs Name Players Of The Week

September 10, 2014

The Northview Chiefs have named players of the week from last Friday night’s win over Marianna. They are:


  • Keondrae Lett –  19 carries, 126 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec., 10 yards
  • Cameron Newsome — 13 carries, 119 yards, 1 TD


  • Nick Lambert — 9 tackles, 2 TD saving/game winning tackles
  • Jaylen Parker  — 10 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF


  • Toney Harrison — 1 return, 11 yards; 1 tackle on KO


  • Cameron Newsome – Hit on Marianna sideline

Coming Off Four Wins At Baker, NWE Chiefs Prepare For W.S. Neal

September 9, 2014

All four Northwest Escambia teams are coming off weekend wins in Baker.

  • NWE Freshmen won 20-6 over Baker
  • NWE Sophomores won 12-7 over Baker
  • NWE Juniors won 40-0 over Baker
  • NWE Seniors won 32-12 over Baker

The Northwest Escambia Chiefs will be back in action this Saturday against W.S. Neal at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium at Northview High School. Games will be played as follows:

  • Freshmen at 4:00 pm
  • Sophomores at 5:15 pm
  • Juniors at 6:45 pm
  • Seniors at 8:15 pm

Admission is $3 for ages 12 and older. Proceeds are used pay for the officiating crew.

Volleyball: PHS Over NHS

September 9, 2014

Pensacola High School topped Northview High School in straight sets Monday in Pensacola.

Junior Varsity

  • 22-25, 25-22, 12-15. PHS wins


  • 16-25, 16-25, 20-25. PHS wins

The Lady Chiefs will host Baker Tuesday. Junior varsity play beings at 4:30 p.m.; varsity follows at 5:30 p.m.

Northview Grad Blake McCall Starts For JSU In 59-0 Shutout

September 8, 2014

Northview High School graduate Blake McCall started in his first game Saturday for the Jackson State Tigers.

The Jackson State football team dominated the Virginia University of Lynchburg Dragons en route to a 59-0 victory Saturday night at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The shutout was JSU’s first since 2002.

McCall was in for the entire game as JSU recorded 430 total offensive yards and held VUL to 94 as the Tigers improve to a 2-0 record.

At Northview, McCall helped lead the Chiefs to an overall 11-3 record, 4-0, in the district on the way to a state championship. He was a three-year starter and played all five positions along the offensive line for the Chiefs.

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