The road was not kind to the two Pensacola teams which packed up and headed East on Friday to face big district showdowns.
Both Pensacola High and Catholic High took to the road Friday for pivotal district contests. And both fell in low-scoring, defensive affairs.
Taylor County 14, Catholic 7
With a chance to clinch the District 1-3A title on Friday, the Catholic High offense sputtered.
After a scoreless first quarter, Taylor County broke the ice with the game’s first score late in the second quarter, then added another touchdown before the half to take a 14-0 lead into the break.
The Crusaders made a run in the second half, scoring early in the third quarter to get to within a touchdown at 14-7. Catholic’s defense continued to play well, and gave the offense a couple of opportunities down the stretch, but the Crusaders turned it over with 5:42 left in the game.
But the defense stepped up again and got the ball back, but the Crusaders couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity to fall 14-7.
The Crusaders wrap up district play with a 1-1 record while Taylor County improves to 1-0. The Crusaders must now await the outcome of the Taylor County-Florida High game. A Florida High win would force a shootout while a Taylor County win would clinch the title for Taylor County and the runnerup spot for Catholic.
Arnold 13, PHS 0
The Pensacola High Tigers failed to get anything going offensively Friday night and the result was a 13-0 loss to the Arnold Marlins.
The game was a scoreless tie until late in the first half when the Marlins got a 17-yard TD pass and a short field goal right before the half to take a 10-0 lead.
After a PHS interception in the third quarter, the Marlins expanded their lead to 13-0 and let the defense do the rest.
PHS had a drive go into Arnold territory in the second half, but the Marlins ultimately stepped up to seal the win.