BONIFAY — Holmes County head football coach Brad Johnson saw that his younger players got some experience by playing his junior varsity team in the first quarter of the kickoff classic against the Graceville Tigers on Friday night.
That partially explained why Graceville jumped to a large first-half lead en route to a 40-28 victory.
“We have a bright future with our JV players,” Johnson said. “They went up against the varsity and held their own.”
The Tigers opened a 27-0 lead before Holmes County’s Chad Leavins scored the first touchdown for the Blue Devils with 4:17 left in the second quarter. It was followed by another TD by Justice Bice.
Holmes County also got a touchdown from Leavins on a 75-yard run. A fumble on the snap on the extra point turned into Cole Marell’s pass to Trenton Bowers for a two-point conversion.
“We were expecting big things out of Leavins this year, and we hope we can keep getting on his back and get him to help carry us,” Johnson said. “We have three returning senior starters, and we rely on that experience. We have a lot to work on.”
Sophomore quarterback Shane Sellers threw a touchdown pass to Marell to complete Holmes County’s scoring. — Carol Kent