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October 26, 2013
After a tough start to the season, the Pace Patriots rebounded quickly to become the District 1 6A champions with a 56-42 win over Escambia.
The night belonged to Junior Running Back Quade Weimerskirch
On a night where former Escambia great and current Indianapolis Colt Trent Richardson was on hand to watch, the two top rushers in the state showcased their abilities, but it was Weimerskirch that put on the show to remember.
Weimerskirch rushed for 451 yards and seven touchdowns in the Pace victory, and became the new rushing leader in the state with 1,958 yards rushing on the season. Escambia's Danikeei Hollowell had his usual night with 218 yards rushing and two scores, however it just wasn't enough.
The game was a see saw battle back and forth, and Escambia did jump out to an early 14-0 lead in the contest. However a turnover at the end of the half turned things around in the contest and Weimerskirch proved to be too much.
Pace will face Milton next week, while Escambia will look to keep their postseason hopes alive facing Washington next week. An Escambia win over the Wildcats and a Milton loss to Pace gives the Gators the runner-up spot. However, if Milton wins - and Pensacola beats Pine Forest, there is a possible three-way tie.
One side note - Hollowell is 217 yards away from breaking Trent Richardson's Single season record of 2,090 yards rushing. Hollowell has 1,873 with two games remaining.
The Match Up is set
Pensacola Catholic remained perfect on their season defeating Gulf Breeze 35-7 to clinch postseason play.
Cody Henry had two touchdown tosses in the game, but it was the Crusader defense that made things happen in the second half. Antione Barker of the Crusaders had a 43 yard scoop and score after forcing Dolphin QB Slade Jarmin to fumble, then the Crusader defense would follow up with another fumble recovery in the end zone for another score to make it 28-0.
The Dolphins would get a score as Jarmin would hit Jacob Kubik on a TD toss, and the final score would be the Crusaders' Emon Smith score on a one yard touchdown to make the final score 35-7.
Catholic will now get ready for West Florida Tech - which defeated Arnold 55-3 - in a battle for the District 1 Class 5A Title, while Gulf Breeze will have two games in six days, their makeup game against Rutherford and on Friday night against Arnold.
The Jaguars put on another high scoring display with their win over Arnold. Joey Baker had two quick scores; one being a one yard TD score after a 64 yard completion to Chris Mitchell, and then would follow up with a 64 yard TD pass to Missouri verbal commit Lawrence Lee. Baker would finish his night with 319 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Mitchell would have four catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
When the Jaguars meet Pensacola Catholic next Friday, expect fireworks and some of the area's best to shine.
Tate 24 Fort Walton Beach 13
Pensacola 47 Washington 7
Milton 28 Pine Forest 20
Jay 39 Cottondale 28
Baker 54 Franklin County 13
South Walton 35 Freeport 21
Walton 26 Northview 12