Blountstown Tigers cruise to a 26-13 season opening win against Walton Co.
BLOUNTSTOWN - The Blountstown Tigers used a strong first quarter to roll past the Class 4A Walton Co. Braves in both team’s season opener last Friday night in Blountstown. The Tigers scored on their first four possessions and put 20 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter, fueling an 26- 13 win.
Back-to-back turnovers opened the game but the Tigers would strike first midway through the first quarter when QB Bryson Horne hit Tristen Burke on a 31 yard TD pass. The extra point was blocked but the Tigers opened up a 6-0 lead.
The Tigers next possession would come by way of a K.K. Godwin interception, setting up the Tiger offense on the Walton Co. 42 yard line. Three plays later Denzel Washington would find pay dirt from 23 yards away. Bryson Horne and Trevon Mathews connected on the 2-point conversion for the 14-0 lead.
The Braves went backwards on their next possession and were forced to punt after 3 plays. Blountstown would strike again quickly on another 3 play drive capped off by a Burke 42 yard run with 35 seconds left in the first quarter as the Tigers extended their lead to 20-0.
Walton Co. got on the board in the second quarter with a 12 play, 62 yard drive converting a 4th and 3 from the 4 yard line for their first TD of the night. The extra point was good and the Braves cut the Tiger lead to 20-7. The Tigers would get those points right back on their next possession, putting together a nice 9 play, 52 yard drive to close out the first half. Bryson Horne found a wide open K.K. Godwin in the end zone on a 4th and 7 from the Brave’s 15 yard line. The score pushed the Tiger lead to 26-7 at the half.
Blountstown controlled the second half keeping the ball for 16 minutes of the 24 minute half. The only score of the half came on an 11 play 49 yard Walton Co. drive. The Braves would convert two 4th down plays, including a 4th and 24, to score on a 2 yard run with 5:47 left in the game for the final 26-13 score. Blountstown would take their final drive of the night inside the Walton Co. 1 yard line and end the game by taking a knee as time expired.
The Tiger offense racked up 361 yards of total offense with QB Bryson Horne leading the way in the air completing 13 of 17 passes for 165 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. K.K. Godwin caught 4 passes for 68 yards and Burke added 6 catches for 66 yards. Denzel Washington had an Oscar winning performance for the Tiger offense, leading the ground game with 11 carries and 92 yards. Burke chipped in 74 yards on 7 carries. Javas Davis led the Tiger defense with 10 tackles including 2 QB sacks. Trevon Mathews and Blasé O’Bryan added 8 tackles each.
Tiger Head Coach Greg Jordan was pleased with his team’s effort, “We got off to a strong start and held the lead all night. We executed well on offense and were able to possess the ball and work on the clock in the second half. We had a few breakdowns on defense but played well enough to keep them out of the end zone when it counted,” he said. “As the year goes on we have to get better on the line of scrimmage and stay healthy to have a chance to advance.”
The Tigers (1-0) will be at home again this Friday night Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. CT hosting the Baker Gators (1-0). Last year the Gators were the Class A Region 1 Champions and advanced to the state semifinals before bowing out of the playoffs after losing to Port St. Joe.
Last week, Baker opened their season with a 30-14 win over Holmes Co. and look to avenge a 28-21 home loss to the Tigers last year.