Six area teams set for football playoff openers

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 07:13 PM.

Three of the games are rematches, and one of those was a season opener.

Only Cottondale, which ventures west to face a powerful Bratt Northview team is playing an unfamiliar opponent Friday as the Class 1A playoffs begin featuring six area schools.

Bozeman, which fell to Liberty County 27-18 one month ago, travels again to Bristol to face the Bulldogs. Blountstown, which was shut out by Holmes County 20-0 on Aug. 31, journeys to Bonifay for their first-round game and Graceville, a 27-7 loser to Freeport on Sept. 28, will host the Bulldogs.

All games are 7:30 p.m. local time. The FHSAA has set an $8 charge for spectators.

Opposing coaches Loren Tillman of Bozeman (8-2) and Grant Grantham of Liberty County (8-2) mostly are discounting the previous meeting of their teams. That’s not to say that tape hasn’t been been watched and rewatched, but not all of the variables remain the same.

“The biggest thing I take out of that is me and Coach Grantham had big ballgames the next week,” Tillman began. “He sat out a couple of players he needed to get healthy.

“We didn’t show a lot, and I just think it’s going to be a little bit different ballgame. They have some different players, and we will run some things we didn’t that night.”

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