Escambia clinched an outright District 1-6A title Friday night with a 36-10 victory over Washington. The Gators finished a perfect 3-0 in district.
Queven Dosunmu had two touchdowns for the Gators while Steven McGhee also caught a five-yard touchdown from quarterback Z’khari Blocker.
After a 1-4 start to the season, the Gators now enter their Week 11 bye as undefeated district champions.
“That was our goal to go through and do well in our district games,” Escambia coach Mike Davis. “We got another game to just try and get better.”
As they did this season, Davis said the Gators started a little slow against the Wildcats, but their steady defense kept Washington in check long enough for the offense to get going. Jaylen Pant and Daishaun Folsom were the Gators’ leading tacklers.
With the win in hand, Davis partly credited the Gators’ late-season turnaround to a change in practice philosophy.
“We did a lot more 1s vs. 1s in practice, so we had better players in our scout teams,” Davis said. “That really helped us out.”
Washington dropped to 1-8 on the season and finished 0-3 in district.
Baker 38, Northview 0
For a fourth consecutive year, Northview took the field against Baker with an opportunity to claim the District 1-4A title. And just as in the previous three years, the Chiefs walked off the field on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
Northview lost to undefeated Baker 38-0 Friday night in the Okaloosa County Kickoff.
Baker (9-0) scored its first touchdown in the opening quarter after a holding penalty on Northview on third-and-long allowed its offense to stay on the field. The Gators then returned a punt for a touchdown early in the second quarter and never looked back.
“They’re a good team, but we didn’t do anything to help ourselves,” Northview coach Derek Marshman said. “… They outcoached us and out-executed us on offense, defense and special teams.”
Marshman said his offense moved the ball effectively between the 30-yard lines, but mistakes stalled their drives throughout the game.
“We’re not good enough to overcome mistakes, and we have to stop having mistakes,” he said.
The Gators prevented Northview from claiming its first win in the series since 2012. Those Chiefs beat Baker 40-6 to cap back-to-back district titles.
That 2012 1-4A title will potentially be the last for Northview. The FHSAA is changing its football playoff system and eliminating districts for 1-4A schools.