Blountstown comeback clinches 1A semifinal spot

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - High school football season continues in our area for at least one more week.

Blountstown (12-0) is moving on to the 1A final four against Baker (10-1). Their first 11 wins came by 21 points or more, but it took a second half comeback Friday night to eke out a 27-21 victory over Taylor on Friday night.

Down 21-12 at the break, if there was any doubt how they'd handle in-game adversity...now we know.

"The seniors brought everybody in and kind of had a players only moment, especially with the defense," head coach Beau Johnson said. "We just told them, 'look, it's 9-0 [because we were down by nine], if we win 10-0 in the second half, you're going to be in the final four.' We won 15-0 in the second half. They really believed that and bought in and went out there and executed and did a great job."

The Tigers turned the ball over two times in the first half, but played a clean second half.

A 91 yard Treven Smith touchdown (one of his three TDs) cut the gap to 21-18 in the third quarter. Pola McCloud's 28 yard field goal tied with game with 10:46 to go, and a Logan Pumphrey 1 yard rush put BHS ahead for good with 8:26 remaining.

The in-game resilience is something the Tigers have been building toward.

"It's our culture. It's why we power cleaned for two periods twice this week to make sure we were mentally tough and physically tough," Johnson added. "They ended up making a lot of penalties and putting themselves in a very bad situation and we just kept plugging and believing and fighting and things started going our way. That's just a testament to our kids and the culture and the never giving up. Fight 'til the end. We're going to find a way to win, and it may not be pretty but we're going to find a way to get it done."

Blountstown hosts Baker at 7:30 Friday. The winner advances to Tallahassee the following Saturday against Madison or Pahokee.

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