Blountstown wins big over Chipley 42-8
by Michael DeVuyst, Contributing writer
BLOUNTSTOWN - Blountstown’s third straight home game was a good one with the home team coming away with a huge 42-8 victory. The Tiger offense exploded for 455 total yards. Blountstown’s offense averaged 9 yards per play and scored a touchdown on all six of their offensive possessions.
The Tigers’ first score came midway through the first quarter with a Shad Johnson 5 yard run. The extra point woes continue with the kick sailing wide of the uprights but Blountstown took the early 6-0 lead.
The second quarter was all Blountstown. Tristen Burke scored on a 38 yard run on the first play of the second quarter and ran in the 2 point conversion for the 14-0 lead. Burke would score again with 4:36 left in the half on a 6 yard run. The extra point failed but Blountstown would extend their lead to 20-0.
Blountstown would get the ball back just before the half and score with 15 seconds left on another Burke TD run from 4 yards out. Denzel Washington ran in the 2 point conversion for the 28-0 halftime lead.
The second half began with a 3 and out by the Blountstown defense. The Tiger offense took over and scored on an 11-play, 55-yard drive capped off by a 2 yard run by Kyle Skipper. The first extra point of the year was converted by Nathan Hunter and Blountstown took the 35-0 lead with 5:12 in the third quarter.
With the 35 point lead, the clock ran continuous the rest of the game and a lot of Blountstown backups got a chance to play some quality minutes. Jamal Howard would set up Blountstown’s final score with an interception at midfield. Kyle Skipper would score again with 9:30 left in the game on a 15 yard run right through the middle of the defense and N. Hunter’s extra point pushed the Blountstown lead to 42-0. Chipley would score and get the two-point conversion as time ran out to make the final score Blountstown 42 and Chipley 8.
Shad Johnson led Blountstown in rushing with 80 yards on 8 carries and a TD. Tristen Burke chipped in 74 yards on 6 carries with 3 second quarter TDs. Burke also had 3 catches for 50 yards. Keshawn Grant saw some playing time at the RB position and added 45 yards on 6 carries. Jamal Howard led all receivers with 65 yards on 5 receptions. QB Bryson Horne was an efficient 10-13 for 139 yards and no turnovers. Blake Landrum, Alex Buggs, Denzel Washington and Javas Davis sparked the Blountstown defense.
Blountstown Head Coach Greg Jordan saw improvement in his inexperienced Tigers, commenting, “This game was a step in the right direction. We still have room for improvement but overall we executed well. We protected the ball well but we need to continue to work on eliminating penalties.” He added, “We must play penalty free football to beat quality opponents like South Walton next week.”
Blountstown once again had double-digit penalties with 12 for 105 yards.
Blountstown (2-1) will go on the road for the first time this regular season and head west to South Walton (3-0) this Friday night. This will be the first district game for both teams and the winner will state their case for a playoff berth. Game time will be at 7 p.m. CT in Santa Rosa Beach.