Region 2-1A final: Liberty County beats Blountstown to advance

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Liberty County quarterback Dustin Watson and the Bulldogs advanced to the Class 1A state semifinal.

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Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM.

BRISTOL — Grant Grantham’s lucky shorts worked again on Friday.

Harold Armstrong rushed for two touchdowns and Liberty County held Blountstown’s offense in check for a 14-7 win in the Region 2-1A championship. Liberty County, winners of nine in a row, advanced to host the winner of Bratt Northview, which defeated Freeport 35-28 in overtime, in next week’s state semifinal. Blountstown finished the season 7-5.

It’s the Bulldogs’ deepest postseason run and first semifinal appearance in Grantham’s seven seasons at the school. Grantham sported the shorts he started wearing after a 1-2 start.

“We’ll retire them after two more wins,” Grantham said.

The long-standing rivalry saw the first postseason matchup between the schools seperated by a bridge and a few right turns. It was a rematch of a regular-season game won by Liberty County that helped the Bulldogs (10-2) secure control of District 4-1A.

That game featured two big passing plays to give Liberty County a 14-0 halftime lead. The Bulldogs led again at half, this time 7-0 when Armstrong capped a 17-play drive with a 1-yard run early in the second quarter. The drive encompassed 80 yards and the Bulldogs also were forced to punt, fumbled and ended their third possession as the half expired.

Both defenses stood tall in the first 24 minutes, the teams combining for just 183 yards. Blountstown had 78 of those yards and squandered an early chance for points.

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