Cougars score 45-14 win; second round bound

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 field goal for the first time since 2014 when kicker Sam Martin put the ball through the uprights with a...