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Blountstown’s 34-6 homecoming win over Freeport sets up showdown with St. Joe

by Michael DeVuyst, Contributing writer

BLOUNTSTOWN —Homecoming 2016 was a happy one for the Blountstown Tigers as they hammered the Freeport Bulldogs 34-6 this past Friday night. Just shortly after the crowing of Katie Detweiler and Mikel Engram as Queen and King, the Tigers took control of the game on the field running out to a 27-6 halftime lead.

Blountstown’s Tristen Burke opened the scoring with a 4-yard run on the Tigers second possession of the game. Burke added the extra point for the 7-0 lead with 4:11 left in the first quarter. Freeport would answer quickly with1 yard TD run on their next drive after completing a long pass on a tipped ball and avoiding a dropped interception in the end zone. The extra point was wide left and the Tigers held the 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Blountstown would put 20 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter starting with Bryson Horne connecting with Shad Johnson for a 15-yard scoring pass with Denzel Washington adding the two-point conversion. Jamarius Engram returned a Freeport fumble 28 yards to pay dirt and Horne and Burke connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass to open up the 27-6 halftime lead.

The Tigers would begin the third quarter losing a fumble but the defense would hold and get the ball back on downs on Freeport’s 43 yard line. A six play drive was capped off by a 1 yard Denzel Washington run with Burke adding the extra point for the final points of the night with 3:17 left in the third quarter and the 34-6 Tiger victory. The fourth quarter saw a lot of young Tigers get some valuable reps and experience.

Tiger QB Byrson Horne finished the night going 6-12 for 90 yards and backup Trent Peacock completed his only attempt for 18 yards. Keshawn Grant paced Blountstown with 48 yards on four carries, the Tigers rushing for 140 yards overall. Alex Valdez chipped in 35 yards on 3 carries and Trevon Mathews added 30 yards on a lone carry. Burke, Jamal Howard and K.K. Godwin all had two receptions going for 57, 26 and 19 yards each.

Trevon Mathews led Blountstown’s defense with 10 tackles, including 4. for loss. Blake Landrum, Kyle Skipper and Javas Davis each had 8 stops.

The Blountstown win set up a showdown with the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks this Friday night for a piece of the Class A District 3 title.

Blountstown improved to 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in the five team district. Last week, Port St. Joe’s victory over previous district unbeaten South Walton 15-9 paced Port St. Joe to 4-2, 2-0 record and South Walton slipped to 6-2, 1-1.

A win by Blountstown this week would ensure the Tigers of no worse than a tie for first in the district, which could come down to a three-way shootout for two playoff berths.

A loss and the Tigers would have to wait and see the outcome of South Walton’s game against Bozeman.

A South Walton win at Bozeman and a Tiger loss would leave the Tigers at home for the playoffs. Come out a support the Tigers this Friday night in Blountstown at 7:00 CST for this huge district game.

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