Class 1A: Trenton stymies Blountstown for first state title


Ja'Vakiel Brigham led Blountstown with 30 yards rushing.

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Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 22:45 PM.

ORLANDO — Blountstown’s winning formula was neutralized by Trenton on Friday.

It was Trenton that was more dominant on defense and it defeated Blountstown 14-0 for the Class 1A state football championship at the Citrus Bowl.

Top-ranked Blountstown was shut out for the first time since Aug. 31, 2012, in falling to 13-1. Trenton, ranked fourth, won its first state title a year after finishing second and improved to 12-1 with its 11th consecutive victory.

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Trenton reversed the trend exhibited in Blountstown’s playoff run. Trenton’s defense kept Blountstown in check with two early sacks and it controlled the second half. Blountstown couldn’t maintain its dose of tough, grinding offense coupled with a punishing defense in its first state final appearance since 2004.

Blountstown’s defense remained difficult to penetrate, but its offense was inefficient. It gained only 142 yards on 54 plays and nearly had as many penalty yards (136) with 14 flags. Blountstown also had been winning the turnover battle in recent weeks, but had three on Friday, the same number as Trenton.

Blountstown couldn’t gain any traction in the first half against a quick and athletic Trenton defense. Blountstown was forced into punts on its first five possessions and didn’t record its initial first down until six minutes before halftime on a 25-yard pass completion between Dylan Lee and Hunter Jordan.

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