Escambia Edges PHS in Kick-Off Classic
Written by Bill Brownell   
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Escambia holds off PHS in final seconds to win Kick-Off Classic, 7-6.

PHS was the site for the first Trent Richardson showing of the season, and it was not without suspense, as Richardson’s road jersey was stolen, forcing him to where number eight, confusing the entire crowd in attendance.

Richardson only played three plays and then was done for the night.

PHS freshmen won the first quarter 7-0, and the junior varsity squads tied 8-8, setting the stage for the second half of varsity action.

Escambia and PHS both played a sloppy first quarter that was plagued by untimely penalties.

Escambia’s first drive was stopped by an offensive pass interference penalty and PHS had back to back holding calls on their first possession.

The second quarter was a different story, as both offenses found their mid-season form.

Escambia scored first behind the arm and legs of senior quarterback Anthony Porterfield, who scored on a one-yard sneak.

Porterfield showed that teams will not be able to key solely on Richardson this year.

PHS, down 7-0, marched down the field behind the passing combination of quarterback Kyle Lavoie and wide receiver Labarron Mallory.

The 6 foot 4 inch Mallory showed exceptional hands and crisp routes, as well as the ability to make the big play when needed.

Lavoie completed 12 of 13 passes, seven of them for 98 yards and a touchdown to Mallory.

PHS had a chance to win the game with just 34 seconds left, however the two point conversion attempt failed.

PHS successfully recovered the onside kick after their touchdown, and were in position to win the game once again.

Lavoie completed a pass to Mallory that put PHS in the red zone with 1.5 seconds left, but time expired as PHS attempted to spike the ball.

The half ended, but both teams displayed promise for the upcoming season. 

Look for PHS receiver Mallory and Escambia quarterback  Porterfield to turn some heads this season.

Escambia will begin their season on Thursday, September 4 against Tate, while PHS has a bye week and will kick off on September 12 against Pine Forest.

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