The Tate Aggies pulled away in the fourth quarter, breaking open a 28-22 game with a couple of touchdowns to take a 42-22 win over Biloxi in the season opener for both teams.
Early on, it had the makings of a Tate High blowout, as the Aggies quickly built a 21-0 lead over the Indians early in the second quarter.
But Biloxi High chipped away, first cutting the lead to 21-7 right before the half, then scoring early in the third quarter to cut it to 21-14.
Tate responded with a touchdown to push the lead back to 28-14, but Biloxi came right back and scored and got the two-point conversion to make it a 28-22 Tate lead.
It was all Aggies the rest of the way, though, as Tate scored 14 unanswered points to pull away for the 42-22 victory.
Tate returns to Pensacola next week to play host to West Florida.
Pace 35, Fort Walton Beach 7
Anthony Johnson Jr. picked up exactly where he left off last season, running for a game-high 252 yards as the Pace Patriots ushered in the Kent Smith era with a 35-7 win at Fort Walton Beach.
Johnson set the tone on the first drive of the game, rushing for nearly 70 yards in giving the Patriots a 7-0 lead.
Fort Walton Beach, however, made sure the Patriots knew they were in for a fight as they bounced right back and got a TD pass to tie the game at 7-7.
It remained a 7-7 game through the end of the first quarter and deep into the second quarter, when Johnson changed that with a 20-yard run to take a 14-7 lead into the half.
Pace mixed it up in the third quarter, going to the air to take a 21-7 lead on Damean Bivins 37-yard TD pass to Cameron Bozeman.
After another Patriots’ score, Johnson put the icing on the cake with his third TD run of the night to extend Pace’s lead to 35-7.
Flomaton 42, Jay 7
Melvin Kersey’s debut didn’t quite go as planned for the Jay Royals as the Flomaton Hurricanes came across the border to take a 42-7 win over the Royals.
Complete game details were not available as of press time.
Crestview 70, Northview 0
The Northview Chiefs stepped way up in classification Friday night and found the going tough as the Class 6A Crestview Bulldogs had little trouble with the 1A Chiefs, handling Northview by a 70-0 margin in the season opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter against the traveling Chiefs before cruising into the half with a 49-0 advantage.
Crestview took the foot off the gas in the second half, scoring twice in the third and once early in the fourth for the final margin.
Northview will look to bounce back next week when they return home to take on Escambia Academy.