SAND HILLS — Two playoff teams looked to build momentum Friday at Bucks Field.
Bozeman harnessed more with its 48-22 rout of visiting Cottondale. The Bucks increased their record win total to eight. The Hornets fell to 4-5 with their second straight blowout defeat.
Both teams will travel for postseason openers next week. Cottondale heads to Bratt Northview, one of the state favorites, in Region 1-1A. Bozeman (8-2) plays at Liberty County in Region 2-1A in a rematch of the Bulldogs’ regular-season win. Bozeman is making its second playoff appearance and first since 2008.
On Friday, Bozeman celebrated Senior Night with its most productive upperclassman, Jacob Martinez, rushing for two touchdowns, returning a punt for another and passing for a fourth score in the first half.
He had a pair of 28-yard runs, and fellow seniors Jovani Bell and Kris Kenney combined for three rushing touchdowns to stake the Bucks to a 48-6 halftime lead. Martinez had 114 yards rushing on seven carries and passed for 96.
Cottondale was held to two fewer yards than Martinez’s total passing output in the first half. The brunt of those came on a 56-yard hookup between quarterback CJ Smith and wide receiver Emmanuel Lockhart early in the second quarter for Cottondale’s first score.
The Hornets’ Sheldon Vann added runs of 84 and 18 yards to cap the scoring. His 84-yard jaunt came in the third quarter when he broke two tackles and had a clean path after two Bozeman defenders knocked themselves out of the play.
Vann led all rushers with 178 yards, 133 in the second half under a running clock.
Smith had 55 yards on four completions. Lockhart grabbed two of those passes for 61 yards.
Bell finished with 49 yards on five carries. James James Jernigan had 86 total yards and tied Tommy Cook for the team lead with three receptions. Cook scored on a 14-yarder to finish off the first-half tally.
Next week’s playoff games begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.
- Cottondale 0 6 8 8 — 22
- Bozeman 27 21 0 0 — 48
- First quarter
- BOZ - Martinez 28 run (Burns kick) 10:27, 7-0 BOZ
- BOZ - Martinez 48 punt return (Burns kick) 8:49, 14-0
- BOZ - Bell 5 run (kick failed) 3:13, 20-0
- BOZ - Martinez 28 run (Burns kick) :40, 27-0
- Second quarter
- CHS - Lockhart 56 pass from Smith (run failed) 10:27, 27-6
- BOZ - Bell 2 run (Burns kick) 8:49, 34-6
- BOZ - Kenney 7 run (Burns kick) 3:47, 41-6
- BOZ - Cook 14 pass from Martinez (Benjamin kick) :14, 48-6
- Third quarter
- CHS - Vann 84 run (Spooner pass from Smith) 10:00, 48-14
- Fourth quarter
- CHS - Vann 18 run (Spooner pass from Smith) 10:30, 48-22