FORT WALTON BEACH — Jimmy Bay wanted his team to focus on finishing.

Too often last year Choctaw’s flag football coach watched as opponents struggled to keep pace with the Indians’ offense, at which point Choctaw would take its foot of the gas.

That came back to hurt the Indians a year ago in the playoffs, Bay said. It’s not going to this year.

Choctaw never let up in Tuesday’s home opener at Joe Etheredge Stadium, an 83-0 victory against Escambia.

“Good win,” Bay said. “Excited to get the season started. We got big expectations for this year. Hopefully we can fulfill ’em, and we’re just gonna keep trucking through, try to get better every day, every game.”

Much of the Indians’ roster already look to be in midseason form.

Senior quarterback Kassandra Fairly completed 10-of-11 passes for 94 yards and five touchdown passes with four extra points scored. After Choctaw (2-0 overall) opened with an interception on the first play from scrimmage, Fairly dropped back and nailed Carolyn Casetelin with a 15-yard touchdown pass to get the scoring started with 10:45 left in the first quarter.

“It was a good game,” Fairly said. “I think we executed well. It’s Escambia’s first season, so you can tell that, but they’re really growing and you see that. As the game went on you could tell they were improving.”

Fairly and many of the other starters played only the first half, building a 56-0 lead before the intermission, while the Gators struggled to move the ball at all. Escambia (0-2) didn’t earn its first first down until the penultimate play of the second quarter, advancing on a holding penalty.

Choctaw’s defense had two sacks, both by Jyriana Grant, and forced five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Zipporah Womack jumped a Gator route with 1:13 left in the first half to polish off the 56-0 lead.

The second half gave way to second-string quarterback D’aun Riggs, who shined nonetheless. Riggs started her night under center eluding defenders before launching a 58-yard bomb to Daija Jackson down the left sideline for a 62-0 lead.

Riggs finished her night with arguably the most athletic play of the game. From Escambia’s 30, Riggs took the snap, scrambled left, pivoted at the left sideline and raced back to the right sideline for a score.

“D’aun’s a special athlete,” Bay said. “Anytime we can find ways to get her the ball she’s just gonna make plays. I don’t who’s gonna cover her. Wherever we can put her, she’s a gamer.”

Riggs toted the ball five times for 95 yards and had four total touchdowns Tuesday.

Up next, Choctaw, the three-time defending District 1-1A champions, will play host to Washington, another new team on the block, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Niceville 45, Pensacola 0

Across town, Niceville’s flag football team was also taking care of business to earn its second win of the season.

Nakerra Brown could not be stopped in the early going with touchdown runs of 13 and 52 yards and a pair of 5-yard touchdown passes.

Backup quarterback Jasmine Griggs opened her stint behind center with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Mariah Bell to put Niceville up 38-0.

On defense, Jayden Reece highlighted the Eagle’s ball-hawking defense with her 14-yard pick-six to put Niceville up 32-0. The Eagles had four interceptions Tuesday.