The West Florida Jaguars got two interception returns for touchdowns in the second half to pull away from the Mosley Dolphins and open up the District 1-5A campaign with a 35-14 win on the road Friday night.
West Florida jumped out to a 14-6 halftime advantage over the Dolphins, then poured it on the second half, adding to its lead with an offensive score before back-to-back interception returns pushed the margin to 35-6.
The first came from Kalia Davis with 6:29 left in the third quarter. The icing on the cake came a few minutes later when Keyshawn Helton picked off a pass and rambled 70 yards to give the Jags the comfortable lead.
Navarre 34, Choctaw 21
Navarre coach Jay Walls cautioned his team not to take Choctaw lightly Friday night, and early on, the Indians lived up to the Raiders’ coach’s words.
Choctaw jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Navarre and led 21-7 late in the second quarter.
But the Raiders may have captured the momentum, and in the process the game, late in the second quarter when Caine Adamson broke loose for a 44-yard TD run to pull the Raiders to within 21-14 at the half.
It was all Navarre in the second half as Dante Wright hauled in a 25-yard TD pass, then Michael Carter went to work with a 52-yard TD run to put Navarre ahead 28-21 and then caps it off with a 12-yard TD run to complete the comeback for the Raiders.
Northview 41, Chipley 6
The Northview Chiefs scored early and often Friday, putting the game out of reach at halftime and taking advantage of running clock in the second half to end early.
Led by Luke Ward, who had a monster night with 253 yards and 3 TDs on the ground to go with 216 yards and two TDs through the air, the Chiefs led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-6 at the half.
The Chiefs scored twice early in the third quarter to invoke the running clock in the final period.
Neikel Robinson led the Chiefs passing attack with six catches for 137 yards while Rayvon Bush and Josh Smith hauled in TD catches. Robinson also added an interception return for a touchdown in the contest. Ward also pulled down a pick and Ohijie Elliott had a sack and Jared Aliff had two tackles for loss.
West Gadsden 32, Jay 7
For three quarters, the Jay Royals went toe-to-toe with West Gadsden.
In the fourth quarter, though, the Royals ran out of gas.
West Gadsden scored three times in the fourth quarter to break open a close ballgame and take a 32-7 win over the Royals.
The game was tied at 7-7 at the half and West Gadsden held a slim 13-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
“It was a depth thing,” Jay coach Melvin Kersey said. “Our depth started getting low. We had some kids that had to come out of the game. The defense just stayed on the field too long and ultimately it wore us down. Going into the fourth quarter, they were up by only six points. They were changing field position and we kind of got ourselves in a bind there.”
James Eddings led the Royals as he rushed for 80 yards on 21 carries. Matthew Sailor had the Royals’ touchdown, hauling in a 26-yard pass from Connor Moye.
Jesuit 34, Escambia 13
The Jesuit (La.) Blue Jays used a strong running game to hold off the Escambia Gators by a 34-13 margin on Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 17-0 lead at the half on the strength of its defense and a solid running game. Escambia battled back in the second half, though, cutting the lead to 20-13 on a 22-yard touchdown run by Steven McGhee and a 25-yard touchdown run by Queven Dosunmu.
But Jesuit went back to the running game in the fourth quarter, getting two more scores to take the 34-13 win.