Friday night, the Blountstown Tigers ensured the rivalry will decide the Region 1-2A football championship as they shut out Holmes County 10-0.
The two squads seemed evenly matched and traded forays into each other’s territory, but neither team could seem to find the end zone. At least until the fourth quarter.
The Tigers scored first with just 1:02 left to play in the first half when Andrew Bennett nailed a 27-yard field goal to give Blountstown a 3-0 lead. The field goal capped a 73-yard, 17-play drive that stalled at the Holmes County 10-yard line.
The Blue Devils tried to return the favor when their final drive of the half ended with them reaching the Tigers’ 15, but the Blue Devils field-goal attempt went wide.
In the fourth quarter, Blountstown was able to parlay a third-quarter turnover by Holmes County into the lone touchdown of the game. A Blue Devils’ fumble gave the Tigers the ball at their 44 with 4:02 to play in the quarter. Seven minutes and a quarter change later, the Tigers’ Chason Roulhac drove up the middle to score from the 3. Bennett was good with the extra point and the Tigers had gained a rematch with Liberty County.
The Tigers nearly scored again in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, gaining 60 yards on four successive personal fouls charged against the Blue Devils. The Tigers began the last drive when Dylan Lee intercepted a Blue Devils’ pass inside the Blountstown 30.
The outcome decided, the Tigers elected to take a knee inside the Blue Devils’ 20.