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August 31, 2013
The three teams to watch from District 1 class 5A all took the spotlight Friday night, and all had solid showings making their case as a district contender for the 2013 season.
Pensacola Catholic avenged a 26-0 loss to Navarre from a year ago in a big way crusading to a 45-22 win on the road. The Crusader defense led by top national prospect and Florida State Verbal commit Delvin Purifoy held the Raiders offense to only 102 total yards of Offense. Catholic quarterback Cody Henry threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns in the decisive game. Two of Navarre's scores came through special teams.
Pensacola Catholic will now prepare for Pine Forest, while Navarre will look to rebound against Wakulla.
West Florida Tech showed its offensive power defeating Tate 45-3 Friday night, but the way they put points on the par was different from what they usually do. Tate dared the Jaguar's offense to beat them by running the ball, and not get beat deep with playmakers like Lawrence Lee and Chris Mitchell. The Jaguars would show that they weren't a one trick pony, and ran the ball 35 times in the game. West Tech QB Joey Baker had two TD runs, and Lee contributed with a rushing score and a pick 6 on defense.
West Florida Tech will gear up for Milton for their next game, while Tate will prepare for will matchup against Pensacola.
The Dolphins opened their 2013 season with a dominating performance over Washington, and it was an aggressive game plan from start to finish. QB Slade Jarmin threw 4 TD passes in the game, and the Gulf Breeze Defense would frustrate and stifle the Washington Offense all night heading to a 40-13 victory.
Gulf Breeze's aggressive game plan included an early onside kick recovery, a pooch kick recovery, just in the first quarter. The plan worked as it knocked Washington out of what they wanted to do for the entire night.
Gulf Breeze will now face Fort Walton Beach, while Washington will work the kinks out and get set for Mississippi Pass Christian.
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