Blue Devils 2-0 to start the season
By SHERRY DIGMON
After a win, Escambia County High School head football coach Vincent Harris likes to post on Facebook, “It’s a good night to be a Blue Devil!” Judging from the first two games, it is indeed a good time to be a Blue Devil.
The team is 2-0 for the first time since 2019, and in Friday night’s game against the Satsuma High School Gators, September 2, the Blue Devils scored the most points in a game since 2010 with a final score 55 to 15.
About facing Satsuma, Coach Harris said, “We were ready. Our boys had an excellent week of practice and execution. They went out on the field and proved they were ready. All three areas were good – defense did a good job, offense did a good job executing, and special teams were solid.”
Harris said quarterback Dakota DeSpain was the offensive player of the game, throwing for two touchdowns and running for one. When asked about a defensive player of the game, Harris had a hard time coming up with one name – so he gave the entire defense that recognition. He did however mention Christian Lee with an interception for a touchdown.
Other standouts were Lorenzo Arnold and Elijah Thomas each scoring on a touchdown pass, and running back James Whatley with 3 touchdowns.
“That’s kind of the way we play,” Harris said. “We get everybody involved. It a solid brand of football.”
Harris also had praise for his coaching staff, in particular defensive coach Raymond Robinson (Coach Rob) and offensive coordinator Maurice Bradley.
Friday night, September 9, ECHS travels to Fairhope to play St. Michael Catholic High School with a record of 1-2.
Harris said this will probably be the toughest team the Blue Devils have faced so far.
“They’re solid on offense and defense and well coached,” he said. “We’re just going to play our game. We’re going to play fundamental football.”