JAY -- Bozeman surrendered four first-half turnovers and James Eddings had four scoring runs for Jay as the Royals whipped the Bucks 49-0 on Friday night in the first round of the Class 1A high school football playoffs.
The Bucks were unable to reverse a late-season trend and finished 2-7 with five consecutive losses, three since resuming practice following Hurricane Michael.
Jay, 6-4, moved on to meet Vernon next week in a region semifinal.
It wasn't so much the fact that Bozeman fell behind by four touchdowns midway through the second quarter, but how the Bucks faltered that confounded head coach Jason Griffin, whose team made a rare postseason football appearance for the school.
"We gave them the ball inside our 20 three times and gave them easy scores," Griffin said. "It was one of those things where something happens and it just snowballs."
An interception return for a touchdown immediately put Bozeman in a hole. Two lost fumbles, recovered by the Royals' Tyler Sorrells and Trace Seib, then led to touchdown runs by Eddings. The three turnovers produced a 21-0 deficit for the Bucks.
Another interception by Jay, the Bucks fourth turnover, resulted in Eddings' third TD run, this one from 4 yards and it was 28-0. Eddings' fourth TD, a 16-yarder, and Trevor Flowers' fifth extra point brought on a running clock in the third quarter.
Despite the lopsided result, Griffin was steadfast in his praise for his players.
"What I told the kids was with the adversity they faced, for them to come together and stick it out I couldn't be prouder of a group of young men," Griffin said. "They were committed to Bozeman football and to each other.
"And for them to make the playoffs. This group will always be special to me."