South Walton tops Bozeman for playoff berth

Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Senior Sage Roberts had eight receptions, including five for touchdowns, to lead the South Walton Seahawks to a 49-21 win over the visiting Bozeman Bucks Friday night in District 3-1A football.

With the win, South Walton clinched its first playoff berth since 2009.

The Seahawks, who now boast a 7-2 record, 3-1 in district won only one game last season. Bozeman slumped to 1-8, 1-3

South Walton finished as runners-up to Blountstown in District 3 and advances to the postseason. After they travel to Baker next Friday for their last regular-season game, the Seahawks play at Port St. Joe in the first round of the regional playoffs.

South Walton junior quarterback Jonathon Ortner completed 21 of 40 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns. Roberts had five of the TD catches - 20 yards, 15, 4, 22 and 12. Alex Smith was on the receiving end of the other Ortner TD toss, a 55-yard strike at the end of the third quarter.

The Seahawks also got the job done on the ground, rushing for 148 yards with senior Zach Reese leading the way with 62 yards in 12 carries. Blayze McBrayer came in the fourth quarter and carried the ball five times for 32 yards.

The Seahawks were up 38-8 when the Bucks scored on an 89-yard pass play. Quarterback Bubba Thompson hit a wide-open David Elmore who completed a dash to the end zone. Matthew Oberley kicked in the point after for a 39-15 score with 49 seconds to play in the third quarter.

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