football

No lightning, thunder in ECHS preseason contest
By JOSH FRYE News Sportswriter Escambia County High’s Scott Mason received his first test last Friday, August 23, against T.R. Miller High in Brewton during a jamboree matchup in which the varsity team fell just short, 7-0. The Blue Devil varsity squad played three full quarters, and the junior varsity played the final quarter. During the varsity matchup, Mason — in his first year at the helm of the ECHS…
NHS-ECHS brawl
By JOSH FRYE News Sportswriter A 7-on-7 football scrimmage between Northview High School and Escambia County High School turned violent Tuesday morning, July 23, at ECHS’ Herbert Barnes Stadium. Such scrimmages are normally played with no contact as players are equipped with only a helmet. The teams stayed neck-and-neck, and both seemed to be enjoying the scrimmage until a few players from each team started jawing back and forth. That…
Quick-strike offense leads Blue Devils past Chiefs in preseason contest
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer First-year Escambia County High School head football coach Scott Mason promised prior to his team’s May 17 preseason game that the Blue Devils would deliver a quick, fast-paced offensive game using Mason’s “thunder and lightning” approach. The Blue Devils did not fail to deliver. ECHS racked up a whopping 341 yards of offense during three periods of varsity action and came away with a…
ECHS to host Northview Friday
News Staff Report Escambia County High School and Northview High School are set to take the field for pre-season football action on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Herbert Barnes Stadium. Many fans are eager to see what the famed ‘Thunder and Lighting’ offense of new coach Scott Mason will bring to the Blue Devils playbook. Mason led Florala High School to a 5-6 overall record last season. The Blue…
‘Ton of experience’ on hand as JUB conducts spring practice
By JOSH FRYE News Sports Writer Wes Sims, J.U. Blacksher’s head football coach, enters his 11th spring practice period looking to attain the goal of securing a state title when the 2019-20 season starts in August. Last season the Bulldogs went 4-6 overall (3-4 region), including a 21-14 win over rival Excel High in the 78th matchup between the two rural schools. With only eight seniors gone from that team,…