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  • Royals dominate Bozeman in 49-0 shutout win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 15, 2018

    Last year Jay High School ended a 10-year drought by making the playoffs. This past Friday night the Royals won their first playoff game since 2002 when they defeated Bozeman of Panama City 49-0. The Royals (6-4) will look to continue their post-season run this Friday night when they travel to Vernon (8-2). Coach Melvin Kersey called Friday night's 49-0 victory the most complete game the Royals have played this year and came at a good time with the playoffs under way. “We played a complete f...

  • FHS suffers 26-21 loss; playoff bound

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 8, 2018

    Three turnovers, 105 yards in penalties and two touchdowns nullified by penalties were too much for Flomaton to overcome Friday night in the final regular season game as Southern Choctaw defeated the Hurricanes 26-21. The loss dropped the Hurricanes to 7-3 on the season as they prepare to open the Class 3A state playoffs this Friday night at home buy hosting Montgomery Academy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. "Way too many mistakes," said Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery. "I don't feel like...

  • Cougars score 45-14 win; second round bound

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Nov 8, 2018

    The Escambia Academy Cougars dominated the Coosa Valley Rebels in the first round of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) playoffs with a 45-14 victory Friday in Canoe. The win advances the Cougars to 9-2 on the season. EA never trailed in the contest and also drew first blood when Patrick McGee returned a punt 90 yards for the game's first score. The Cougars missed the ensuing 2-point conversion, but led 6-0 with 7:25 left in the first quarter. The Cougars added points with a...

  • Royals dominate in 44-16 win over Lighthouse

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Nov 8, 2018

    In another home victory, the Jay Royals never trailed in its 44-16 defeat of Lighthouse Christian Friday night at Merle V. North Stadium. Jay's James Eddings put the first points on the board in the first quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run. The Royals' 2-point conversion failed, but Jay was ahead 6-0. Not to be stopped, Eddings added to the lead with a 7-yard touchdown run. After once again failing to score on a 2-point conversion, the lead sat at 12-0 midway through the first quarter....

  • History Made

    Nov 1, 2018

    Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery huddled players and fans after the Hurricanes historic victory over T.R. Miller Friday night. For more, see Sports....

  • Hurricanes blow over Tigers 20-13

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 1, 2018

    For the past few weeks, Flomaton head football coach Doug Vickery has talked about the resiliency the 2018 Hurricanes have. He talked about it when Flomaton overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter Oct. 19 to defeat Thomasville 43-42. When he gathered his coaches and players, and a crowd of happy fans, on the 50-yard line this past Friday night following Flomaton's 20-13 win over T.R. Miller he talked about the team's resiliency again. Flomaton starting quarterback, who accounted...

  • Cougars headed to playoffs after 48-13 win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 1, 2018

    Escambia Academy's Patrick McGhee only touched the football seven times Friday night at Fort Dale but the Cougar running back picked up 215 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead EA to a 48-13 win. Escambia Academy (8-2) will begin post season play this Friday night at home against Coosa Valley. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EA head football coach Hugh Fountain said his team has been battling injuries and illnesses, but said he was proud of how the Cougars finished the regular season heading into...

  • Royals pull off 30-26 homecoming win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Nov 1, 2018

    Jay delighted the homecoming crowd Friday night by building a 30-7 lead with 9:57 left in the third quarter against Freeport but the celebration got put on hold until Trace Seib snagged his third interception of the night to seal a 30-26 victory in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs were driving for a potential game-winning touchdown. "It was a game to two halves," said Jay head football coach Melvin Kersey. "We were up 24-7 at the half and despite giving up a big play right before the half we...

  • Flomaton squeaks by with 43-42 win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 25, 2018

    When Flomaton quarterback Daquan Johnson scored a touchdown with 3:55 left in the game Friday night at Thomasville to pull the Hurricanes to within one point of the Tigers it was gut-check time. Head coach Doug Vickery first considered kicking the extra point and hope for overtime. His players convinced him otherwise. Johnson kept the ball on a two-point try and barely made it into the end zone to seal Flomaton's 43-42 win over the Class 3A 6th ranked Thomasville Tigers. It will be gut-check...

  • Cougars take 35-12 victory over Lowndes

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 25, 2018

    Escambia Academy will wrap up its regular season this Friday night at Fort Dale Academy in Greenville before hosting Coosa Valley on Nov. 2 in the first round of the AISA playoffs, following the Cougars' 35-12 victory this past Friday night against Lowndes Academy. Patrick McGee's first two runs this past Friday night resulted in touchdowns as Escambia Academy jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. McGee opened the game with a 67-yard touchdown run and followed up with a 26-yard touchdown run. Sam...

  • FHS falls to Bayside Academy

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 11, 2018

    Some missed opportunities early and late opened the door for Bayside Academy to take a 34-21 victory over Flomaton Friday night handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the season as well as the first area loss. Flomaton will be back in area play this Friday night when the Hurricanes travel to Mobile Christian. "We didn't practice well all week and we didn't play well Friday night," said Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery. "We never seemed able to get in tune." "We still did some good things,...

  • Chiefs take victory in Royal matchup

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Oct 11, 2018

    The Northview Chiefs walked away with a 30-20 victory in their homecoming game against Jay on Friday night. The Chiefs drew first blood on the gridiron with a 66-yard touchdown run from Jayden Jackson on the third play of the game with 10:40 left in the first quarter. The PAT was no good and put the Chiefs up 6-0. The rest of the first quarter was a slug fest and no points were added to the scoreboard as both teams struggled to get the upper hand. Jay was able to rally with a 47-yard touchdown p...

  • Cougars maul Hooper for 47-14 win

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 11, 2018

    Patrick McGhee rushed for 258 yards on 18 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Escambia Academy to a 47-14 win at Hooper Academy last Thursday night, moving the Cougars' record to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in region play. The Cougars will host South Choctaw Academy this Friday night for homecoming. McGhee opened the scoring for the Cougars early in the first quarter on a 74-yard put return for a touchdown. Sam Martin added the PAT and EA had the early 7-0 lead. Jason Davis then scored on...

  • Hurricanes defeat Devils 28-14

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 4, 2018

    Rain didn't damper the homecoming festivities Friday in Atmore, but the Flomaton Hurricanes put a damper on the homecoming celebration by defeating the Escambia County High School Blue Devils 28-14. Unofficial records show Friday night's win was the first for Flomaton over Atmore and the first time the two teams played a regular season game since 1966. The non-region game has no impact on post season play, but a game that could turn into a rivalry for two teams separated by only 15 miles. Both...

  • Jay falls in 35-0 to Baker Friday in key ball game

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 4, 2018

    Despite little production from its offense, Jay found itself only trailing Baker 7-0 at the half Friday night, but the Gators erupted for 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to blow past the Royals 35-0. “Offensively, we struggled,” said Jay head coach Melvin Kersey. “Defensively, we had a hard time tackling their running back.” “We had some receivers wide open is space, but we'd either drop the ball or couldn't get it to them,” Kersey said.” Jay ended the night zero for nine passing...

  • EA has end to home winning streak

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Oct 4, 2018

    Escambia Academy had its lowest rushing total of the season at 72 yards and despite an early flash was stuck in poor field position most of the night as Bessemer Academy rolled to a 31-7 win Friday night in Canoe, snapping EA's 12-game home winning streak. “The poor field position hurt us all night,” said head coach Hugh Fountain. “The offense was bogged down with the lowest rushing output of the season.” Escambia Academy (4-2) will look to rebound tonight (Thursday) when the Cougars travel...

  • Storm winds blow Canes to 45-6 victory

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 27, 2018

    Flomaton head football Coach Doug Vickery said he always gets a little scared about his team playing the night they host homecoming due to a lot of distractions that occur throughout the week. There were no distractions Friday night as the Hurricanes stormed to a 45-0 lead over visiting St. Michael Academy and went on to win 45-6 in Flomaton's first region game of the season. "I worried all week about all the distractions, the rolling, float building and staying up late," Coach Vickery said....

  • EA wins 41-7 against Patrician

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 13, 2018

    Escambia Academy raced to a 27-0 lead at home Friday night over the visitors from Clarke Prep and the Cougars cruised to a 41-7 win. Escambia Academy will travel to Patrician Academy this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff. It will be a battle of two defending state champions with EA claiming the AISA Class 2A last year and Patrician winning the 1A title. But this year, the two teams are in the same region. Escambia Academy received the opening kickoff Friday night but Clarke Prep intercepted a...

  • Rocky Bayou royally shutout by Jay

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 13, 2018

    After dropping its season opener Aug. 24 to Flomaton 27-0, the Jay Royals have outscored their next two opponents 92-0 following Friday night's 52-0 win at Rocky Bayou Christian. Jay head coach Melvin Kersey said focus now turns to a road game this Friday night at Wewahitchka. “We've played good the last two weeks, but this is a new week and another long road trip,” Kersey said. “Wewaw runs the triple option and they have a lot of confidence in their fullback. They have a good offensive line, so...

  • NHS wins in 14-7 defensive slugout

    Stephanie Cunningham, Ledger Staff|Sep 13, 2018

    It was the tale of two defenses Friday night in Bratt as Northview faced off against South Walton winning 14-7 on the gridiron. The Chiefs were on the hunting ground after losing to the Seahawks 25-18 in last year's match-up and coming off a blowout loss to Flomaton in last week's game. On their first drive of the game, the Seahawks drew first blood by running in a touchdown and kicking a successful PAT bringing the game to 7-0. Not long for suffering, the Chiefs fired back with a touchdown run...

  • Local catches big hit in Braves game

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 13, 2018

    Flomaton's Cruz Odom, 17, played a lot of baseball growing up but probably made his most important catch on Aug. 28, in Atlanta when he hauled in Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe's first career homerun in the big leagues. Seated in the front row in dead center field, Lowe cracked the first homerun of his major league career and ended up landing in Odom's glove. As soon as Cruz secured the ball a security crew came and took him and the ball to the visitor club. He was greeted by a representative from...

  • Canes defeat Chiefs in rivalry game

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 6, 2018

    Flomaton and Northview renewed their football rivalry Friday night in a game fans from both sides would like to see continue as the Hurricanes traveled to Bratt and left with a 41-20 win over the Chiefs in a game that saw 16 penalties for a total of 178 yards against both teams. Flomaton (2-0) will be off this week while Northview (1-1) will play host to South Walton in a 7 p.m. kickoff. "It was a big win for our team," said Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery. "We've played rivalry games back to...

  • Jay Royals shutout Cottondale 40-0

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 6, 2018

    COTTONDALE – Jay scored early and often in the first half here Friday night and the Royals' defense pitched a shutout as Jay rolled to a 40-0 win at Cottondale. Jay (1-1) will be back on the road this Friday night with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Rocky Bayou, will travel to Wewahitchka on Sept. 14 and will return home on Sept. 21 to host Escambia Academy. "We played really well," said Jay head coach Melvin Kersey. "There's still room for improvement, but the kids played hard and I'm real proud of how t...

  • Cougars mauled 31-7 by Tuscaloosa Academy

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Sep 6, 2018

    TUSCALOOSA – It was a game of the Alabama Independent School Association's No. 1 ranked Tuscaloosa Academy and No. 3 ranked Escambia Academy here Friday night and the Knights from Tuscaloosa showed why they are number one with a 31-7 victory. After a scoreless first quarter, Tuscaloosa Academy cracked the scoreboard on a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful PAT to give the Knight's a 7-0 lead. TA would add another first-quarter touchdown on a 24-yard run and following the PAT the s...

  • Hurricanes blow over Jay Royals

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Aug 30, 2018

    A stiff defense and an effective offense that capitalized on a few Jay mistakes on special teams helped lead the way for Flomaton to defeat the Jay Royals 27-0 Friday night in Jay for the season opener for both teams. "You never know what's going to happen when you open the season with a rivalry game," said Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery. "We didn't have a lot of time to scrimmage in the preseason due to the rain." "I thought we were a little sloppy on offense, but give the Jay defense...

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