Blountstown beats Baker, punches ticket to Orlando

BAKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Nearly one year to the day of a state semifinal loss to Baker in 2016, the Blountstown Tigers finally have their revenge and are heading back to the state championship game.

A dominant second half effort led the Tigers to a 41-21 victory, clinching a state title berth against Madison County in Orlando.

Prolific rusher Denzel Washington put Blountstown on the board first, scoring from one yard out to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Baker answered with a 4 yard rushing score by Jayson Moore, but Denzel Washington answered with his second of three rushing touchdowns to start the second quarter.

Leading 21-13 at the half, Blountstown pulled away behind scores by Washington, Jamal Howard, and Trent Peacock, outscoring the Gators 20-8 in the second frame to win.

The Tigers offense posted 422 total yards on 43 rushes and five passes.

Defensively, Jar'Kevis Bess led the way with 13 tackles, while Kentrell Lawson earned 12 tackles.

In the other 1A state semifinal, Madison County defeated Pahokee 28-10. Blountstown and Madison will play on Thursday December 7th in Orlando.