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Spotlight: Escambia High School, 10/28/16

Spotlight: Escambia High School, 10/28/16

A glance at Escambia’s schedule made you question their sanity.

State powers like Niceville, Lake City Columbia and New Orleans Jesuit. Proved as tough as advertised, and the gators record paid the price, losing four of their first five games

That was the plan all along.

Mike Davis felt the murderer’s row would really prepare Escambia for the games that count the most.

That really proved true. Pine Forest and Tate were a combined 10-2 when they played them, but Escambia surprised both to clinch the district championship.

As well as being battle tested, other adjustments paid off.

The gators started the season trying to throw the ball, not their norm, thanks to impressive showings in seven on seven events this summer.

They've gotten back to it in a big way, junior Gueven Dosunmu is a bit of surprise as the leading rusher but the gators comfortably go four or five deep.

Quarterback Z’khari Blocker is a dual threat, and the senior transfer is becoming more and more proficient in the gator’s system.

It's been a gratifying return to the field for him.

Forced to leave the Catholic program last season, he immediately transferred to Escambia but rules dictated he sit out the rest of his junior year.

Coinciding with improvement on offense is a similar rise on defense.

The gators are led by an impressive front seven.

On the line, junior defensive tackle Daishon Folsom is the anchor, all 6 foot 3, 320 pounds of him.

A relatively inexperienced linebacker group has really stepped up. The lone returning starter Amarquez Moore leads the way.

All of it comes together at the right time, but that wasn't apparent until week six against Pine Forest.

Not only did the gators upset the defending district champ and presumed favorite, they did it in resounding fashion, 35-0.

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