The Blountstown Tigers used a strong fourth quarter to defeat West Gadsden (WG) Friday night in Greensboro.
The 26-12 victory vaulted the Tigers to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in District 2 Class 1A. Blountstown will face some tough opponents in the coming weeks with Marianna at Bowles Field Friday night then three straight district games with Port St. Joe, Franklin County, and Bristol before closing out the regular season with Baker.
“Our defense continues to play well and our offense came up with some big plays in the fourth quarter,” head coach Greg Jordan said Monday. “We’ve got to continue to get better on offense. We need to take advantage of opportunities better and we need to put together better drives. We only ran 38 plays to their 56. Our defense has been keeping us in some games, but they’re having to stay on the field too long.”
The Tigers rushed for 184 yards on 29 attempts for a 6.2 yard per carry average. Princeton Grant scored the Tigers’ first TD on a 30 yard scamper in the first quarter. Jawon Mosley scored on a 20 yard dash in the fourth. Grant’s second TD from the 2 in the fourth quarter was set up by a 53 yard run by Mosley.
Jawon Mosley led the rushing offense for the Tigers with 76 yards on only 5 carries. Darren Huff and Grant each had 52 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Charles Buggs, Jr. put the Tigers ahead in the game on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 5 yard option play.
The Tigers continue to struggle with their passing attack. Buggs connected on 1 of 8 for 8 yards and had one interception. He did complete a two-point conversion pass in the fourth quarter.
A Cavon Cox interception in the first quarter set up a drive deep in WG territory. The Tigers fumbled at the WG 5 to end the threat.
Ryan McIntyre recovered a WG fumble at their 5 to set up Buggs’ 5 yard score and give the Tigers momentum to put the game away.
The Tigers continue to play aggresively on defense holding WG to a meager 36 yards rushing on 21 attempts. WG did gain 115 yards on 10 of 20 pass completions.
Coach Jordan earlier referred to the Tigers need to control the ball and take advantage of opportunities. Blountstown had the ball for 18 minutes in the game while WG controlled it for over 29 minutes.
Alexander Garrett was the leading tackler for the Tigers with 15. Cavon Cox got in on 10 tackles while Dowling Lee Jawon Mosley and Jason Money were in on 6 each. Bryon Hall had 5 tackles and Brandon Smith had 4. Buggs, D.J. Brunson, Zack Segers, Princeton Grant, Paul Mosley and Ryan McIntyre were also in on defensive plays.
The Tigers return to Bowles Field Friday night to host the Marianna Bulldogs, losers last week to a strong Pensacola team. The Tigers have a great season going and deserve your support on Friday night.