PENSACOLA, Fla. — The hottest team in the Florida panhandle, the Escambia High Gators, found out the hard way that’s it’s difficult to win a game with five turnovers.
Jesuit was more than happy to take advantage for a 28-17 win at Emmitt Smith Field.
Jesuit (2-1) took control of the game early with a 15-play drive that covered 80 yards and took half of the first quarter. Connor Prouet, the workhorse back for Jesuit, had nine carries for 51 yards on the drive, the last one for a 3-yard touchdown.
Escambia committed three turnovers before halftime. The first was while Escambia was backed up on its 1-yard line and a tipped lateral by Jesuit’s Zack Robert was recovered in the end zone for their second score.
Escambia (3-1) was set to receive the second half kickoff, but the Gators couldn’t field Jesuit’s pooch kick, and the Blue Jays took over on the Escambia 27-yard line. Three plays later, Peter Hontas connected with Kalija Lipscomb for Jesuit’s third touchdown of the night.
RUMMEL 27, WAYNE COUNTY (MISS.) 16: In Waynesboro, Miss., Rummel broke open a tight ballgame with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, then held on to take a 27-16 win over Wayne County High School here Friday night.
The win moved the Raiders to 3-0 heading into next week’s showdown against Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.
Rummel took a 7-3 halftime lead when Chase Fourcade hit Brett Eschetta on a 13-yard scoring strike.
Fourcade then hit Eschetta with a 25-yard touchdown pass at the 5:36 mark of the third quarter, then added an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jamar Chase to make it 21-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 58, KIPP 16: Northlake Christian jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Kipp Renaissance on a 1-yard touchdown run from Joshua Landry.
From there on out, it was Northlake Christian for most of the game.
Northlake quarterback Matt Whelan threw for 122 yards, including touchdowns to Richard Humphry, Taj Porter and Buddy Kyle. Northlake also got five rushing touchdownsand was led by Joshua Landry, who had 119 yards and two TDs on nine carries and scored two touchdowns.
NEWMAN 42, POPE JOHN PAUL 7: Elbert Thomas caught three touchdowns from Miles Lapeyre as Newman quickly jumped out to a 35-7 lead over Pope John Paul in the first half.
Pope John Paul’s only touchdown came on a 5-yard rush in the first quarter.
HANNAN 50, ST. MARTIN 19: Hannan scored 20 points in the opening quarter and never looked back. Their first touchdown came on a 34-yard pass from Timmy McDonald to Payton Hudson. The Hawks scored on a 13-yard pass from McDonald to Justin Wendt, then followed with a 5-yard touchdown run from Nicholas Martin-Morman.
HAYNES 31, BEN FRANKLIN 7: Leading 12-0 at halftime, Haynes scored on its first three possessions in the second half and crused to a 31-7 non district victory over Ben Franklin at Falcon Field on the UNO campus.
Following a 50-yard kickoff return by Christian Poché to start the third quarter, Malik Bailey had a 31-yard touchdown run on the first play for the Yellowjackets (2-1).
On their next possession, the Jackets got a 23-yard punt return by Zach Lehmann down to the Falcon 17. Three plays later, Bailey capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run with 7:28 remaining in the third period.