By PAOLO GORME
News Sports Writer
The Escambia Academy Cougars collided against the Northview Chiefs this past Friday in a rematch of last year’s anticipated showdown. The Cougars came out victorious winning lopsidedly, 41-14. EA’s defense was just too strong, fast, smothering, and determined for Northview, allowing the Chiefs only two touchdowns at the end of the game. The defense also held the Chiefs to only 139 yards of total offense.
The offensive side of the ball was simply an unstoppable force. Louie Turner had his way with the Chiefs’ defense scoring 3 touchdowns with 121 rushing yards on 7 carries. The air attack was also a tremendous force with quarterback Jabe Dawe throwing 200 yards with a touchdown that went to MJ Jones. Neikel Robinson racked up 95 yards receiving and MJ Jones tallied 70 yards receiving. Another notable performer on offense was running back Pat McGhee. McGhee scored 2 touchdowns on 7 carries for 51 yards. The Cougars had 380 yards of total offense.
The Cougars came out of the gate on offense with a relentless mindset. Receiver Fred Flavors picked up a 30-yard reception to the 6-yard line, that set up Louie Turner for a 6-yard touchdown at the 7:50 mark of the first quarter making the score 6-0. On the next offensive possession, Neikel Robinson snagged a 60-yard reception. A few plays later, Pat McGhee scored from 15 yards out. The Cougars attempted a 2-point conversion but it was no good, making the score 12-0.
Early in the second quarter, Turner broke away from the defense and scored a 61-yard touchdown only to be erased by a holding penalty. The very next play, MJ Jones came up with an answer catching a beautiful spiral from Jabe Dawe and flew down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown. The 2-point conversion was good after the score, making it 20-0 at the 8:13 mark of the second quarter.
Toward the end of the first half, Turner tallied on to the score by carrying in a 26-yard rush, that put the Cougar lead to 28-0 after the 2-point conversion going into halftime. The first half ended with a booming, electrifying hit by Turner on a Northview running back.
The second half was much like the first half. Turner ran in a 55-yard touchdown mid-third quarter but the extra point was no good; that brought the score to a commanding 34 to nothing lead. McGhee also ran in a touchdown from 12 yards out and the extra point was good this time, making the score 41-0.
Toward the end of the third however, the Chiefs scored a 70-yard touchdown run by Jayden Jackson to score 1 of their 2 touchdowns of the night. The Chiefs’ Aunterio Minor scored once again in the fourth quarter and converted a 2-point conversion making the score 41-14 to end the night.
EA Coach Hugh Fountain was very proud of the performance put on by his Cougars.
“We played good, proficient offense and good, tough defense. We got after it and I was proud of the effort from our boys tonight,” Fountain said.
The Cougars face Pickens Academy in Canoe this Friday, September 8th, at 7 p.m. for their first region game. Go Cougars!