The Blountstown Tigers won the district championship and finished 6-4 in the regular season after an overtime thrilling victory over Lafayette County last week. Friday night at Bowles Field the BlountstownTigers took on the Chipley Tigers who were runnersup in their district to Holmes County in a rematch to move on in the playoffs. Chipley had won the regular season game in Chipley 16-7.
Unlike the defensive battle earlier in the year, this one came down to had the ball last. Both teams moved the ball and put points on the scoreboard. Unfortunately for Blountstown, four turnovers, costly penalties, missed extra points and the inability to stop Chipley's running game all led to a 34-33 loss and a bitter end to the football season.
Chipley scored with less than a minute left in the game and trailed 33-32. Instead of trying the extra point kick and forcing the game into overtime, they went for the win with a two point try. Blountstown called time out just before the ball was snapped on the first attempt. On the second play, Chipley's runningback slammed into the endzone for the victory.
Chipley will now face Holmes County who defeated Liberty County 35-14.
Both teams moved the ball well on the ground Friday night. BHS rushed for 342 yards on 38 attempts while Chipley ran the ball 49 times for 292 yards. Chipley completed 2 of 4 passes for 84 yards while BHS was 2 of 11 for 28 yards. BHS, however, had three passes intercepted and lost a fumble. Chipley lost two fumbles.
On Blountstown's very first possession, quarterback Hunter Jordan gave up his first interception of the night. The BHS defense stopped Chipley at the 11 yard line with Bobby Andrews, Anthony Williams, Thomas Tierney and Patrick Pitt making plays.
On their next series, Jordan ran for 48 yards, Marquel Thomas added 12, and Jordan broke loose for 26 more. Jordan dove in from the one for the TD. Corin Peterson missed the PAT but the Tigers led 6-0.
After an exchange of punts, Chipley surprised BHS with a short pass across the middle that covered 47 yards for a touchdown. Their PAT missed and the game was tied 6-6.
Three plays later, Chipley had the ball back after picking off another Jordan pass. Aided by a 15 yard penalty on the defense, Chipley scored from the 19 and added the PAT for a 13-7 lead.
Blountstown responded with a good drive led by Jawon Mosley's 35 yard run. Jordan ran for 8 setting up a Jordan to Anthony Jones touchdown pass of 21 yards. Peterson's kick was good and the game was tied again, 13-13.
After a strong defensive stand, Chipley was forced to punt. Mosley picked the ball up, broke a few tackles and raced 63 yards for a touchdown. Peterson's PAT was good and BHS was on top, 20-13.
Chipley took over at midfield after a short kickoff and wasted little time reaching the BHS 3 before giving up a costly fumble. BHS ran off the final seconds of the first half.
On the second play of the second half, Javakiel Brigham scooped up a Chipley fumble caused by Thomas Tierney and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Peterson's kick was no good, but BHS stretched their lead to 26-13 and appeared to have momentum.
Two plays later, Chipley scored on a 60 yard run right up the middle. The PAT was good and Chipley cut the BHS lead to 26-20.
Chipley came up with their third interception on the next series at the BHS 30. In five plays, Chipley scored from the 6, but the PAT failed and the scored was tied.
A big run by Brigham for 48 yards helped move BHS to the Chipley 13. The drive ended at the 17 when a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Chipley was forced to punt as the fourth quarter started and the Tigers had a third and one at midfield. Mosley broke into the open and had run for 18 yards before he was hit and lost the ball. Chipley recovered at their 34.
The BHS defense made another great stand and forced Chipley to punt. BHS took over at their own 15 and reeled off runs of 10 by Anthony Curry, 17 by Mosley and 9 by Marquel Thomas. A 15 yard penalty against Chipley moved the ball to the 34. Mosley found an opening and raced into the endzone. Peterson's kick gave BHS a 33-26 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Chipley started at their 48 after another short kickoff and put together a 10 play scoring drive. The two point play put Chipley on top with 30 seconds left in the game.
After two kickoffs out of bounds, Chipley's third kickoff went out of bounds at the Chipley 31. BHS got off a few plays but could not get into the endzone and the game and season were over for Blountstown.
Mosley led Blountstown with 125 yards on 11 carries followed by Jordan with 116 on 16 attempts. Brigham added 44 yards on 3 carrie followed by Thomas with 36 yards on 6 carries. Curry rushed for 21 yards on 2 carries.
Defensivey, Patrick Pitts and Corin Peterson each had 10 tackles followed by Jordan with 9 and Tierney and Bobby Andrews with 8 each. Brigham and Williams had 7 each and Mosley had 5. Thomas, Jones, Steadman Dawson, Curry, and Chris Byrne were also in on plays.