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October 30, 2013
The Game is On!
It's come down to one game for the District 1 Class 5A Title, and it will be the showcase game between two of the most prominent programs in Pensacola. West Florida Tech who is seeking their third straight district title will face Pensacola Catholic who has had their share of meaningful games in their recent history.
Both teams have top caliber quarterbacks who have put up staggering numbers all year. Joey Baker with prominent crop of receivers lead by Missouri commit Lawrence Lee and Chris Mitchell have been the catalysts for that offense, averaging nearly 53 points a game, but the unsung heroes have been the defense lead by Rocel McWilliams, also Missouri commit. The Jaguar defense has allowed an average of 12 points per game, and have forced turnovers to get that offense more touches. It has been one of the more dominating performances we have seen in recent history.
Pensacola Catholic has playmakers on their squad as well that has been battle tested. Quarterback Cody Henry has ran the Crusader offense efficiently, and has had playmakers like Tylan Purifoy, Emon Smith and Simeon Smiley make plays all season. Defensively, the team is led by Florida State Commit Delvin Purifoy, who is one of the best in the nation, but there are other players who has stepped up big when their number has been called. Crusader Defensive lineman recently against Gulf Breeze recorded a forced fumble followed by a scoop and score, and has been getting pressure on opposing quarterback all season.
"Our kids over the last couple of years have been involved in games like this," Pensacola Catholic Head Coach Greg Seibert stated Wednesday.
"I'm hoping those lessons carry on to Friday Night."
One key factor will be the weather in this game, as it is projected to rain throughout the day Friday before kickoff, which could create a sloppy track for both programs. However both the Crusaders and the Jaguars can establish strong running games if need be.
This game will be broadcast on 1450 ESPN and 101.1 FM, and can be accessed online at espnpensacola.com