BLOUNTSTOWN -- As it turned out, the annual Blountstown-Port St. Joe showdown only was delayed, not discontinued.
The Class 1A Panhandle powers will meet next week in a Region 2 semifinal as Blountstown pulled away from visiting Cottondale 28-6 on Friday night. Coupled with Port St. Joe's convincing win over Liberty County, the Tigers and Tiger Sharks again will decide a region finalist.
This year's matchup has the added dimension of former Blountstown head coach Greg Jordan, who piloted the Tigers to last year's state championship game, now running the Port St. Joe sideline.
Blountstown, 8-2, took charge quickly with a first-quarter touchdown in this one, but Cottondale was resilient and trailed only 6-0 at halftime, The Hornets, 4-3, then closed within 14-6 in the third quarter by using a time-consuming ball control offense.
Blountstown quarterback Trent Peacock added scoring runs of 26 and 6 yards for his second and third touchdowns of the game to clinch the outcome. Peacock also had a conversion run and passed to Treven Smith for another conversion.
Montavious Brown opened the scoring for the Tigers with a 1-yard plunge. The conversion failed and the Tigers led 6-0 at halftime despite the Hornets having a whopping 18 minutes and 29 seconds time of possession to 5:31 for Blountstown.
Peacock scored his first touchdown on a 19-yard run and passed to Smith to make with 14-0 with 7:48 left in the third quarter. Jalen Redding's 9-yard TD run sliced the lead to 14-6 for Cottondale, but Peacock's late touchddowns left no doubt.
Peacock rushed 11 times for 126 yards and completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 more. Redding had 32 carries for 139 yards to pace the Hornets and Dalvin Barnes had 14 carries for 45.
Alex Sanchez and Zeb Kelley each had 11 tackles and Joseph Rector 10 for Blountstown. Danian St. Fleur and Eriq Hendricks each had 6 stops for Cottondale.
Vernon 40, Chipley 0
VERNON -- It was eerily similar to the blowout win on Sept. 14. And just as convincing.
Vernon, 7-2, continued the momentum first established when it humbled Chipley on Sept. 14 to earn a Class 1A semifinal berth next week when it hosts Jay. The Yellowjackets prevailed by building a 27-0 lead in the first half against Chipley, which ended 4-5.
At that point, they had outscored their county rival 81-0 over six quarters by adding to their 54-0 manhandling two months ago. Vernon used scoring runs of 22 and 60 yards by K'wan Powell, and an interception return for a touchdown by Elijah Neal to build its cushion.
Tyler Watford added a scoring run and Neal had a 60-yard TD reception to close the scoring.
Jefferson County 35, Wewahitchka 16
MONTICELLO -- Wewahitchka's season ended 5-5 as Jefferson County built a 21-0 lead by halftime.
Any chance for the Gators to mount a stunning rally ended shortly after they had scored for the first time. Creed Pariera had a 2-yard touchdown run and Harley Redd added a conversion to close the gap to 21-8 early in the third quarter.
Da'shon Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Luis Jimenez's extra point rebuilt a three-touchdown edge for the Tigers, 6-4. They added another touchdown before Wewa's Cody Lee tallied from 15 yards and Trevor Nunnery passed to Pariera for the conversion.
Northview 40, Graceville 14
BRATT -- Northview scored in the final minute of the first half on quarterback Shane Hardin's 15-yard touchdown pass to open a 26-8 edge.
That was significant as it followed a goal-line stand by Graceville on the Chiefs' previous possession and returned momentum to the home sideline.
Trent Peebles scored on a 3-yard run and Northview blocked a punt for a TD to build a 14-0 spread.
Tyler Ray padded the Chiefs' lead with a third-quarter scoring run before Graceville's Cedric Williams sprinted 44 yards for a touchdown. Peebles closed the scoring from 8 yards.
Graceville ended 2-7-1. Northview will take a 7-4 record into a 1-1A semifinal vs. Baker.