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September 7, 2013
Once again the night belonged to West Florida tech and Pensacola Catholic with major wins over two tough District One Class 6A Opponents, but the major headline belongs to Tate, who defeated Pensacola for the first time in 20 years.
Tate would be led by Senior Running Back Tay Samuel, who wore No. 32 in honor of his brother - senior Jesse Samuel - who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week's game against West Florida. Samuel scored all 14 points for Tate, a four yard touchdown run, followed by a 75 yard screen pass for the second score. That's all Tate would need as they would hold the Tigers offense to no production in the first half. The second half the Tigers would mount a comeback with a Kevon Abrams 53 yard touchdown run, followed by a 9 play drive that went 80 yards for another score.
The difference in the game however included a blocked extra point attempt, and a failed two point conversion. Tate improves to 1-1 on the season and will face Panama City Bay next week, while Pensacola falls to 0-2 and will host Pensacola Catholic in week 3.
Speaking of Catholic, the Crusaders flew by the Eagles 33-3 behind Cody Henry's three touchdown passes. Catholic would also score the game's final 26 points and not allowed the Pine Forest offense past the 50 yard line in the second half. Two of Henry's TD Passes went to Tylan Purifoy, and the third to Quan Moorer. Pine Forest will face Niceville next week, who blasted Pace 42-0 in their matchup.
West Florida Tech once again put on an offensive clinic defeating Milton 44-0, a game that featured last season's District Champions. Jaguar Quarterback Joey Baker accounted for all six TD's of the game, three passing and three rushing. Baker would hit recent verbal commit to Missouri- Lawrence Lee twice for scores, and the third a long pass to Joey Everrett.
Milton would struggle to get any offense going, with Andre Flakes being shut down as well as Ricky Coefield. West Florida Tech will have next week off, while Milton will host Fort Walton Beach.