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Blountstown wins Class A District 3 championship with tiebreaker win over Port St. Joe on Halloween

so14by Michael DeVuyst, Contributing writer

BLOUNTSTOWN - The Blountstown Tigers hosted the Class A District 3 football tiebreaker on Halloween Night this past Monday.  The Tigers found themselves in a three-way tie with South Walton and Port St. Joe all with 3-1 district records.

Blountstown was awarded the #1 seed by way of having the best overall winning percentage at 7-2 (.777).

The South Walton Seahawks earned the #2 seed and the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks were the #3 seed.

In a three-way tie, the #1 seed Blountstown received the bye and #3 Port St. Joe played #2 South Walton in the first quarter of play.  The tiebreaker format allows for each team to play for one 12:00 quarter.  The winner at the end of the quarter advances.  Port St. Joe beat South Walton in their quarter of play 14-7.  The win propelled Port St. Joe to the next quarter with Blountstown and guaranteed the Tiger Sharks a playoff spot.

The Blountstown – Port St. Joe game opened up with Bloutstown winning the coin toss and electing to receive the ball.  On the third play of the game, Port St. Joe picked off an errant Blountstown pass and returned it all the way down to the Tiger 13 yard line.  Blountstown’s defense has played lights all year and it continued on this drive.  The Tigers stopped Port St. Joe on downs and took the ball back over on the Tiger 11 yard line.  The great defensive play sparked the offense as they drove out of the shadow of their end zone.

Four plays later, Tiger QB Bryson Horne hit WR KK Godwin all alone on a go route and Godwin raced 76 yards for the Tiger TD.  Locke Pohto nailed the extra point and the Tigers opened up with a 7-0 lead with 7:32 to play.  Port St. Joe was forced to punt on their next drive and the Tigers averted disaster by recovering a muffed punt on their 35 yard line.

Facing a third and six from the 39, Horne threw a bullet to Trevon Mathews who raced down the middle of the field for a 61 yard touchdown and the 14-0 lead with 3:25 left to play.  Port St. Joe fumbled the ensuing kickoff but was able to recover the ball on their own 3 yard line.  Two plays later, the Tiger Sharks coughed up the ball for real this time as Nathan Hunter recovered the ball on the Port St. Joe 5 yard line.

Two plays later, Trent Peacock ran the ball in the paint from 4 yards out and the 21-0 insurmountable lead with 2:38 left to play.

The Blountstown win gave the Tigers their first District Championship since the 2013 State Runner-up season.  The Tiger win dropped Port St. Joe to the runner-up spot and eliminated South Walton from playoff contention.

Tiger Head Coach Greg Jordan was pleased with his team’s effort.  “After the South Walton loss the first of the year, this team did not hang their heads and they did not give up.  They continued to work hard and get better and knew they still had a lot to play for.  This is a great group of kids and I’m proud of their mental toughness to come back from an early season district loss.  It’s been a pleasure coaching these kids and hopefully we can continue to play a few more Friday nights.”

The Tigers will close out the regular season this Friday night Nov. 4 in Vernon (5-4) @ 7:00.  By winning Class A District 3, Blountstown will host the Chipley Tigers on Friday, Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class A State Playoffs.  Port St. Joe will travel to West Gadsden on the 11th representing District 3 as the runner-up.  Blountstown and Chipley played earlier in the year with Blountstown dominating in a 42-8 win.

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