The Blountstown Tigers needed a win in Greensboro to clinch the Class 1A District 4 Championship and avoid a three way playoff. Relying on a defense that has played like champions all season, the Tigers kept West Gadsden out of the endzone the entire game and held on for a 13-6 victory.
In the first quarter, West Gadsden had first down and goal from the Tiger 6 yard line and the 2 yard line and only managed a field goal. In the second quarter, West Gadsden had first and goal from the Tiger 6 yard line and were stopped at the 3 on fourth down. West Gadsden had one other scoring opportunity in the third quarter with a first down at the Tiger 22. Once again, the Tiger defense stiffened and held them to a field goal.
"It was a great performance by our defense to keep them out of the endzone in the first quarter and again in the second quarter. West Gadsden had some talented players, but our guys understood the importance of a victory in this game. They really stepped up their effort and played like champions," coach Greg Jordan said Monday.
Blountstown has a home game against Lafayette County Friday night to close out the regular season before hosting Chipley in the first round of the playoffs November 18. Liberty County, runner up in our district will travel to Holmes County in the first round on the playoffs the same night.
West Gadsden stopped the Tigers and took over at their own 39 following a Tiger punt and moved to the Blountstown 6 yard line with a first down. Anthony Williams, Anthony Curry, Patrick Pitts, Thomas Tierney and Javakiel Brigham all made big plays and forced a field goal attempt from the 7. The 24 yard field goal gave West Gadsden an early 3-0 lead.
The Tigers responded with a quick 83 yard drive sparked by runs of 5 and 18 yards by Jawon Mosley. On second down from the West Gadsden 42, quarterback Hunter Jordan connected with Bobby Andrews for a touchdown. Corin Peterson's PAT put the Tigers on top 7-3.
West Gadsden returned the kickoff to the Blountstown 42. After a 5 yard penalty, a 43 yard pass play set West Gadsden up at the 2 yard line with first and goal. Pitts and Jordan came up with big stops on first and second down and a pass fell incomplete on third down. Anthony Williams and Javakiel Brigham stopped West Gadsden for no gain at the one on fourth down. Another outstanding goal line stand by the Tiger defense.
Jordan punted from deep in the endzone and West Gadsden had another golden opportunity starting at the Tiger 26. An incomplete pass and a big play from Andrews and Brigham for a loss of one forced a pass attempt that was intercepted by Peterson at the Tiger 15.
Blountstown took over and on second down Jordan's pass was intercepted and returned to the Tiger 6. Once again the Tiger defense answered the challenge with Williams, Andrews, Peterson, Pitts, Brigham and Jordan making plays to keep West Gadsden out of the endzone on four plays.
An 11 yard run by Curry got the Tigers out from under their own goal post. Marquel Thomas had an 11 yard run and a 15 yard penalty against he defense moved the Tigers to the 45. The drive stalled but the Tigers were able to punt and finally get West Gadsden back on their end of the field.
Another strong defensive stand forced a punt and the Tigers took over at the West Gadsden 40. A 15 yard penalty against the defense moved the ball to the 24. Thomas reeled off runs of 6 and 9 yards before Jordan passed to Anthony Jones for 22 yards and a touchdown. Peterson's PAT failed, but the Tigers were on top, 13-3.
On West Gadsden's next possession, Marquel Thomas came up with an interception and the Tigers ran out the clock to end the first half.
On their second possession of the second half, West Gadsden put together a drive that moved to the Tiger 15. The Tiger defense once again stiffened and forced West Gadsden to kick a 35 yard field goal. The kick was good and the Tiger lead was cut to 13-6.
The Tigers put together a good drive to the West Gadsden 32 but a Marquel Thomas fumble was recovered by the defense at the 35.
After a West Gadsden punt, Blountstown moved to the West Gadsden 15 before a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
West Gadsden moved into Tiger territory, but Tierney had a big sack for a 14 yard loss. On the next play Anthony Williams came up with an interception to end West Gadsden's last possession. The Tigers took over and ran out the clock.
Blountstown ran 47 offensive plays gaining 118 yards on the ground and Jordan completed 3 of 7 passes for 103 yards. West Gadsden only managed 43 yards rushing but added 155 yards thru the air.
Jawon Mosley rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries followed by Hunter Jordan with 30 yards on 11 carries. Anthony Curry rushed for 31 yards on 6 carries and Marquel Thomas gained 12 yards on 6 carries.
The Tiger defense had another outstanding performance led by Anthony Williams who was in on 17 tackles. Brigham was in on 12 tackles with 4 for losses. Peterson was in on 11 tackles followed by Pitts with 9 and Andrews with 7. Mosley finished with 5 tackles followed by Curry with 3.
Lafayette County will bring a strong 6-3 team to Bowles Field Friday night for the final game of the regular season. Lafayette finished as runnerup in Region 3 District 5 behind Jefferson County. It is homecoming for BHS so come out and cheer on the district champs as they prepare to move into the playoffs. Coronation starts at 6:25 followed by kickoff at 7:00.