It’s been three years since the Pensacola Tigers have brought Ye Olde Wash Boiler back to the city.
The Tigers’ seniors have yet to bring home the large metal tub, which is awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry matchup between Pensacola High and Escambia.
So even though the Tigers are 1-8 and far out of playoff contention, there’s still one last goal for head coach Mike Mincy’s bunch.
“They’re well aware of it, the seniors are,” Mincy said. “They’re looking at this as a way to go out and do something special to get the tub back to Pensacola High School. They don’t take it lightly.”
Pensacola High hasn’t caught many breaks down the stretch this season.
Over their current six-game losing streak, the Tigers have lost three games by one point and have been shut out in two others.
While the team’s overall goals are now out of reach, Mincy said his group hasn’t “tapped out.”
“Our team has never put their head down all year,” Mincy said. “They just come back and they fight and battle. I’m so proud of these young men because there’s been a lot of times that they could’ve put their head down and walked off the field. But they don’t. They just keep coming back and fighting.”
Meanwhile, the Gators’ run is just getting started.
After securing an undefeated district championship with a 36-10 win over Washington last week, Escambia has its focus set on a first-round rematch with the Navarre Raiders.
“We’re in the playoffs, so we’re just trying to get better this week and prepare for the playoffs,” Escambia head coach Mike Davis said. “We’ll be using it to get ready for the playoffs.”
Davis said Escambia’s triple-option offense may keep it a little vanilla this week, though he can’t expect the same from a team in PHS’ position.
“It’s their last game of the year so I’m sure they’ll be doing anything they can,” Davis said. “I expect onside kicks, fakes, trick plays. They don’t have anything to lose.”
Mincy played his game plan close to the vest this week, promising that his Tigers would be ready to go with a mixture of new and old tricks.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to win the ball game,” Mincy said. “There may be some things that are different that we haven’t shown yet, but at the end of the day with whatever we run, we just have to execute.”
Want to go?
Who: Escambia Gators at Pensacola High Tigers
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Where: Pensacola High School
Skinny: The Tigers look to end a three-game skid in the battle for Ye Olde Wash Boiler.