Niceville closes out the season with another W!!
J M Tate 0, Niceville 35
Niceville, FL — It may not even be November, but Niceville appears postseason ready. Friday's 35-0 running-clock win at Tate was the latest flex for Grant Thompson's crew, who end the regular season 9-1 with a Okaloosa County crown and District 1-7A championship. Just how dominant of a campaign was it? Try six running clocks and a 344-136 margin of victory, the Eagles falling just shy of a third straight unbeaten regular season after forfeiting a a 45-8 win over previously winless Fort Walton. The Eagles' rushing attack averaged 215 yards per game behind double-digit scores from Addie Moore (10), Azaryeh Thomas (10) and Micah Turner (11) and a late-season emergence from Bird Pope. Their passing attack took off behind Moore's 1,053 yards and 11 touchdowns compared to three picks. Meanwhile the defense allowed a shade more than 13 points per game with two shutouts. So what do the Eagles do now? With a Week 11 bye, they wait. Stat of the Night: 1/10 That was the Aggies' conversion rate on third down. Yep, just 10% on a night when they'd mustered just four first downs and 54 total yards. The Aggies also failed to convert their lone fourth down. Niceville running back Micah Turner had two touchdowns in a 35-0 win at Tate. Offensive MVP: Micah Turner Turner garnered only three carries and touched the ball just four times Friday. But efficiency trumps quantity. With Niceville leading 7-0 after a Bird Pope 3-yard touchdown run, Turner rushed for back-to-back touchdowns from 17 and 19 yards out. He'd tack on a 20-yard catch as he ended the night with 58 yards on four touches. Thomas would later add a 5-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 28-0 halftime lead and Moore found Blake Orr, who recently committed to FIU for track and field, for a 23-yard score in the third quarter to start the running clock. Defensive MVP: Peyton Holley, Harrison Orr The pair came up with fumble recoveries for the Eagles, who forced three turnovers on the night. Tate managed just 35 passing yards and 19 rushing yards on 23 carries. The Aggies' longest play of the game was a 13-yard pass to Elrico Tunstall as they didn't sniff the red zone all night. Up Next The Eagles are currently raked 10th in the 7A RPI ranks and third in Region 1. They've locked up home-field advantage in the first round and — with a Week 11 bye — await the at-large bids to determine their region quarterfinal foe. 🏈🏈