Class 1A state semifinal preview capsule

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Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 21:20 PM.

Class 1A semifinal

Blountstown (12-0) at Cottondale (8-4), 7:30 p.m.

How they advanced: Blountstown — The Tigers held Port St. Joe to 19 total yards and wore down on their smaller opponent for a 34-0 victory to secure the Region 2-1A title. Corin and Shon Peterson each had two touchdowns, as Blountstown was unchallenged again; Cottondale — Norris Calhoun scored a 3-yard touchdown with 50 seconds remaining and the Hornets survived a furious rally to hold back defending state champion Bratt Northview 34-28 in winning the Region 1-1A crown. Calhoun led the charge for the second week in a row, finishing with three touchdowns and 184 yards rushing, including 85 in the fourth quarter.

All-time playoff records: Blountstown — 23-17 with three Class 2A state titles (1973, 1976-77); Cottondale — 4-8.

Notes: This is Cottondale’s first state semifinal appearance and comes two seasons after it finished 1-9. The Hornets, who were runners-up in District 2-1A this season, advanced to the Region 1-1A championship in 2002 under current coach Mike Melvin before falling to Jay. … Blountstown, the District 3-1A champion, is in its first state semifinal since 2006, when the Tigers finished a string of three consecutive Final Four appearances. The 2006 team was guided by current coach Greg Jordan and the appearance was the Tigers’ second of two straight semifinal berths in Class 2B. … Blountstown last advanced to the Class 1A state final in 2004, a 42-38 loss to Fort Meade. … The Hornets are hosting just their second postseason game with last week’s against Northview the first. … The Tigers are 8-12 in road playoff games. … Blountstown is 11-2 in its last 13 games against 1A competition. … Cottondale has won three games in a row and is 7-4 against 1A teams this season. … Blountstown has appeared in the postseason in 10 of the past 11 seasons. … This is Cottondale’s third playoff trip in four years. … The Tigers won the last meeting with the Hornets 51-0 on Nov. 5, 2004. … This is the first postseason meeting between the teams.

Up next: Trenton (10-1) or Dixie County (10-0) in the Class 1A state championship at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando Dec. 6 at 6:07 p.m.



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