By JOSH FRYE
Escambia County High is still in search of its first win after being shut out for the third week in a row. The Blue Devils fell 28-0 to Mobile Christian last Friday, September 4.
The Leopards drew first blood early, blocking a Blue Devils punt and running it in for a 35-yard touchdown, then scored again with just over six minutes left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run.
ECHS had a strong defensive showing against the Leopards during the second quarter, forcing MC to turn the ball over on downs near the goal line.
The defensive effort was wasted when, on the first play of the Blue Devils drive, ECHS quarterback Anthony McCants was sacked for a safety. That play extended the Leopards’ lead to 21-0 at halftime.
Despite efforts from ECHS running backs Willie Banks and Jacobey James, the Blue Devils failed to capitalize on several opportunities during the second half.
With 9:25 left in the third quarter, MCS struck again, bringing the scoring tally to 28-0.
During the final quarter of play, ECHS lost two key players to injuries.
James was taken out with a leg injury, while McCants suffered an awkward hit.
With the starting quarterback out, senior backup Jeremiah George, who has not played a down this season, stepped in to close the game for the Blue Devils.
George went 2 for 2 passing and had three carries for 25 yards during the last three minutes of the game.
The Blue Devils have this week off. Coach Scott Mason said the team will attempt to reorganize and will hopefully get sick and injured players back in the lineup in preparation for an away game against St. Michael Catholic on Thursday, September 17.