Pace Flag Football returns to the win column, defeating Niceville in the semifinals



The district championship games for flag football are coming up.

Class 1A and 2A semifinal games were played around the Panhandle on Tuesday, and all four were shutout victories. Now, by the end of the week, two teams will wear district crowns and receive an automatic bid to the regional tournament.

Here is a recap of the district flag football semifinal games that took place on Tuesday, April 9th.

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District 1-2A

Tempo 34, Niceville 0: The Patriots entered Tuesday's game in unfamiliar territory.

That is, no physical territory. The Patriots hosted the Eagles at home. But mental terrain, because Pace had lost three of his last four games. And the only win was a forfeit win over Pine Forest. It was the first time in his program's history that Pace lost more than two games in a row.

The Patriots flipped the script with a 34-0 shutout against the Eagles on Tuesday and advanced to the District 1-2A championship game on Thursday.

“In this adversity they do a great job of not focusing on the past and moving on to the next game. “When they drop a pass, they move on to the next play,” Pace head coach Chris Raggard said. “The last few weeks haven't been the best for us, but I'm proud of how they improved this evening.” …

“It was important for us because we hadn't seen such positive results in the last few weeks,” Raggard said of the win. “We had preached, 'Stay the course.' If we kept it up, we knew we would be fine.”

Before Tuesday, the Patriots hadn't won at Tate since March 18. In short, it had been a week since Pace had even played another team in a game.

This most likely led to the slow, defense-heavy start to the game. It took until the game's seventh offensive drive – Pace's fourth – for the Patriots to score midway through the second quarter.

After that, Pace scored on every subsequent offensive attack except two, including the final attack that sealed the game when Pace's Amaya Pablo ran out of time. Five different receivers caught touchdowns, including Kenna Pacitti, Maci McGinnis, Emma Sutton, Aisley Shields and Cadence Wermers.

Pablo finished the game with 199 passing yards and 27 rushing yards.

“Once Amaya gets going and is locked up, there will be no way for anyone to stop her. “Honestly, this is really any offense that can start running at full speed,” Raggard said. “We changed a few things and moved parts around. “I think that in this part of the season, where the winner advances and the loser may go home, we're finally figuring out what suits us best.”

But Raggard also highlighted some defensive players. The Patriots had two interceptions and a sack, and Josie Arthur made her mark with seven passes defensed against Niceville's top wide receiver.

Raggard said Arthur “showed himself to be a sophomore tonight” and that “the world is his potential.”

“Last year she was only able to play one JV game because she was injured. She broke her collarbone in the last football game of the season. So we only had them in the very last week of the season. She got one.” “She practiced a few times, played her last JV game and had two touchdowns and a pick-6,” Raggard said. “We see the potential in her. She has it. She’s all about getting those opportunities.”

Pace (11-5) travels to Navarre for the District 1-2A title game on Thursday. The Raiders won the two-game regular season series against the Patriots. So it's safe to say the Patriots are on a mission.

And they are trying to avoid a repeat of last season, when they fell to Chiles in the district championship game. However, Pace is still well-positioned to reach the regional tournament through either the overall or automatic bid. But the Patriots want the chance to host.

“But they are ready for it. You are 100% ready for it. We know her very well. “We are obviously very familiar with them,” said Raggard about the third duel this season. “I know they are hungry and ready for this. We'll see what happens.”

Navarra 38, Crestview 0: The Raiders will advance to the district championship game looking for their first crown since the 2021 season. It's the same year the Raiders made it to the state Final Four.

Following Crestview's exclusion, Navarre has now tied its program record for wins in a season, recording 14 wins in 2021 – including a couple of postseason victories. Navarre is undoubtedly continuing its best season in program history.

No quarter-by-quarter results of the game were provided. Individual statistics were not available.

Navarre (14-1) hosts Pace in the District 1-2A title game on Thursday. It will be the third meeting between the rivals this season. Navarre defeated Pace in both regular season contests, 20-13 on March 4 and 19-12 on March 20.

District 1-1A semifinals

The District 1-1A title game will officially be an Okaloosa County rivalry game.

Choctaw 52, ​​Pine Forest 0: The 2023 state runner-up is on track for another playoff berth after the Indians earned a commanding victory over the Eagles.

No quarterly results were reported. Individual statistics were not available.

Pine Forest ends its season with a 2-7 record.

Choctaw (12-0) hosts Fort Walton Beach for the championship. However, the game has yet to be decided after area schools canceled their extracurricular activities on Wednesday due to impending severe weather.

Fort Walton Beach 20, Booker T. Washington: The Wildcats' best season in program history came to an end after a district semifinal loss to Fort Walton Beach.

Fort Walton Beach scored a touchdown in the first, second and third quarters to secure the victory. Individual statistics were not provided.

Booker T. finishes the year with an overall record of 10-4. Fort Walton Beach (8-7) goes to Choctaw for the District 1-1A title game.