Niceville overruns Rutherford in 55-7 rout



Published: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM.

NICEVILLE — No amount of preparation could have steadied Rutherford for Niceville on Friday night.

It took exactly six seconds for what would become a 55-7 shellacking to begin, when Rutherford quarterback Jacquez Koonce threw into the flat only to be picked off by Scott Armfield.

Two plays later, Colby Tuthill found Aaron Willis for a 16-yard touchdown.

The rout was on..

Over Class 7A Niceville’s opening three drives, the Eagles (1-1) ran seven plays, found the end zone three times — two Tuthill passes (the second a 53-yard catch and run to Eli Stove) and a 31-yard run from Shi’Kim Coward — and averaged nearly 35 yards per play.

The game was less than four minutes young.

Somewhat unfathomably, that pace was nearly sustained throughout the remainder of the half.

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