FORT MYERS — Something happened Friday night at Sentinel Stadium that hasn't occurred in 77 years — Admiral Farragut won a football playoff game.
The Blue Jackets used big plays and an opportunistic defense to down Evangelical Christian, 51-20 in a Class B region semifinal.
"We did something tonight that they can never take away from these kids and that is the first-ever playoff victory," said Farragut coach Chris Miller.
It was extra special for Miller, an alum of the school.
ECS (9-2), ranked No. 4 in Class B and riding a nine-game win streak, fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and couldn't recover.
"They got the horses. They absolutely have some horses playing over there," said ECS coach Brian Lynch.
Admiral Farragut quarterback Rayshawn Jenkins and running back Cortavious Givens sprinted from the starting gate and never pulled up.
Jenkins, the reigning Class A hurdle champion, ran for 249 yards and one touchdown. "It's my job to keep everyone focused and on track," said Jenkins.
The junior signal caller engineered his team to touchdowns on four of its first five possessions in the first half.
Admiral Farragut (9-1) ran for 419 yards against a defense that hadn't allowed that many points since the first week of the season.
The freshman Givens accounted for three touchdowns and 111 yards in total offense. His 26-yard touchdown first-quarter reception summed up the night for ECS.
Corralling a dump pass out of the backfield, he was locked up by Sentinel defensive back Tarique Bodrick behind the line of scrimmage, but managed to break free and sprint untouched into the end zone.
AFA will get a chance to avenge its only loss of the season next week against Lakeland Victory Christian.
"We're not done yet. We got two more to go to reach the top of the mountain," Miller said after being doused with a bucket of water.