Two Bay County teams finally got their new coaches into the win column, with Bay High alum Keith Bland getting his first victory as the Tornadoes’ head coach by beating North Bay Haven 21-14, while Arnold’s Norris Vaughan got on the board with a 40-34 road victory over Walton.

The win for Bay was the first since Aug. 17, 2018 when the Tornadoes beat Rutherford 31-16 in the regular season opener.

There is reason to be believe there will be many more wins in the future thanks largely to the play of freshman quarterback Will Smiley, who passed for a career high 239 yards against the Buccaneers and the game-winning 59-yard touchdown to Kiron Sims with a minute left in regulation.

Cardiac Bucks

There wasn’t much for Bozeman to be excited about just two weeks ago after a 12-6 home loss to Holmes County in the regular season opener, which followed an uneven performance against Cottondale in the kickoff classic.

The past two weeks have been nothing but excitement for the Bucks, however, as they notched their second-straight game-winning fourth quarter drive in Friday’s 21-20 win over Chipley.

It was senior quarterback Jordan Rosalis leading the rally once again, hitting Ben McDonald for a 75-yard touchdown to beat Chipley a week after finding Devin Embrick for the game-winner against Wewahitchka.

Blountstown’s big statement

The Tigers have yet to play a game against another 1A opponent though you couldn’t tell it by looking at their scores through their first two games.

After dispatching of 5A Arnold 43-10 in Panama City Beach in Week 1, Blountstown came back from a bye week and routed previously unbeaten 4A foe Marianna 37-16 in Week 3.

Senior running back Treven Smith put in his best performance of the season for the Tigers, rushing for 197 yards on just 11 carries with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard scamper late in the second quarter.

Powell’s monster night

There have been some big rushing performances by Panhandle players this season, though none could top Vernon junior K’wan Powell’s effort Friday against Autauga Academy (Ala.).

The speedy 5-foot-9, 195-pound back ran for a whopping 317 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries to rally the Yellowjackets back from a 20-point third quarter deficit for a 44-42 victory.

Powell has rushed for 556 yards and 10 touchdowns through three games, while averaging 10.3 yards per carry.

On the horizon

Mosley and Arnold will open district play this week, as the Dolphins (1-2) welcome in Pace (0-2) in the 1-6A opener, and the Marlins (1-2) head to Pensacola to face West Florida (0-3) in 1-5A.

A few teams will have opportunities to avenge playoff losses this week, as Rutherford heads to Marianna to face Bulldogs team that eliminated the Rams 31-20 in the 1-4A quarterfinals, while Chipley will try to avenge a 40-0 loss to Vernon and Sneads a 44-13 loss to Jefferson County.

Bay High will play its fourth consecutive game at Tommy Oliver Stadium on Thursday against Taylor County. The Tornadoes won’t leave the friendly confines of their home stadium until Week 6 when they play at Arnold.