By Bob Heist | 315-4404 | @bobheistNWFDN | [email protected]

Somewhere buried deep in the annals of Niceville High football was an Eagles team that suffered a three-game losing streak. It just doesn’t happen — and hadn’t at least over the past 12 seasons — for one of the Panhandle’s powerhouse programs.

But that’s exactly the cards Niceville was dealt following a loss at St. Augustine on Friday night in the Region 1-6A quarterfinals at Joey Wiles-Walt Slater Field.

Program historians will look back to find the last time it had occurred, but all you have to do in 2016 is glance toward the end of the schedule:

• Oct. 28: Crestview 27, Niceville 21.

• Nov. 4: Navarre 42, Niceville 28.

• Nov. 11: St. Augustine 35, Niceville 28.

A true three-and-out.

Seemingly removed from any comeback hopes after falling behind 28-7 in the third quarter, Niceville (8-3) certainly didn’t make this easy for St. Augustine (10-1), which won for the first time in three all-time games between the schools.

Niceville clawed to within 28-14 by the end of the third quarter following a 5-yard scoring pass from Jeff Toney to Trey Diggs. That combination hooked up again, this time from nine yards with 10:26 remaining on the game clock, to make it a one-touchdown differential on the scoreboard.

But the difference in the game was St. Augustine quarterback Cole Northrup and he was there for the Yellow Jackets when they needed their star senior the most.

Having lost all momentum, Northrup — who has committed to Lafayette of the Patriot League — found Emerson Kabus on a 4-yard scoring pass in the back of the end zone for a 35-21 lead midway through the final period. That put in motion a fantastic finish, but the deficit was too much for Niceville to overcome.

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