Bulldogs, Tigers rematched in search of state semifinal berth

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Liberty County and Blountstown play for the Region 2-1A championship on Friday.

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Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM.

Blountstown and Liberty County need no introduction.

The football teams, separated by a bridge traversing the Apalachicola River, rekindle a long-standing rivalry Friday in the Region 2-1A championship. It’s a rematch of a regular-season matchup won by Liberty County that propelled the Bulldogs to the District 4-1A title. This game carries much greater significance.

The winner moves on to the Class 1A state semifinal against the survivor of the Region 1-1A championship game between Freeport (6-5) and Bratt Northview (8-3). It would be Blountstown coach Greg Jordan’s second foray into the Final Four. It would be Liberty County mentor Grant Grantham’s first at the school.

“We’re one of eight teams left in 1A football and this was one of our goals,” Grantham said. “The community is looking forward to it and the kids are looking forward to it.”

Jordan echoed the sentiment, noting the young Tigers’ improvement from a loss in the first round of the playoffs last season. Blountstown (7-4) also has improved in recent weeks behind a defense that has been dominating with three shutouts in its last four games, including last week against a dangerous Holmes County offense.

Grantham agreed that Blountstown is a different football team than when the teams played Oct. 19 in Bristol. The Bulldogs (9-2) jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead and held on for a 20-7 victory. The Tigers have won three of their last four behind the shutouts.

“They’re a good team and I think they’ve gotten better since we last played,” Grantham said. “We still have a few wrinkles they haven’t seen and I’m sure they have some we haven’t seen, too.”

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