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Kickoff Classic A Rough Start For Tigers

The kickoff classic in Freeport Friday night revealed some weaknesses Blountstown Tiger coaches can correct before the season opener with Sneads Friday night at Bowles Field. Without their starting tailback, Freeport racked up 192 yards rushing and added 177 more thru the air to soundly defeat Blountstown, 36-13. Freeport took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for a 7-0 lead. The Tigers responded with an impressive 12 play drive of their own only to have a pass intercepted at the Freeport 21. Freeport promptly marched down field for their second score and a 14-0 lead. Princeton Grant returned the kickoff to the Tiger 45 giving the offense great field position. On first down, the Tigers fumbled and Freeport took over. Freeport scored on their first four possessions of the first half. The Tigers’ lone score of the first half capped off a 62 yard, 9 play drive. Big runs by Charles Buggs, Jr. and Leon Broxton led to an 11 yard scamper by Buggs for the touchdown. The Tigers trailed 29-7 at halftime. “Freeport executed well on offense and we didn’t,” coach Greg Jordan said Tuesday. “We moved the ball well, but they capitalized on our mistakes. Defensively, we just didn’t play well. We’ll make some adjustments this week at practice and hope we play much better against Sneads.” Jordan said Sneads has a very athletic team with some size and speed. Sneads tied Graceville in their classic, 14-14. Freeport added a touchdown in each of the final quarters while Blountstown added a score late in the game on a 1 yard blast by Alexander Garrett. Junior quarterback Charles Buggs, Jr. completed 4 of 17 passes for 35 yards and had one pass intercepted. Paul Mosley had all four receptions in the game for the Tigers. Alexander Garrett led the Tigers on the ground with 58 yards on 9 attempts. Buggs added 39 yards on 5 carries followed by Leon Broxton and Jawon Mosley with 31 yards each. Defensively the Tigers were led by Paul Mosley with 7 tackles including one for a loss. Dowling Lee, Jawon Mosley, Brandon Smith, Jason Money and Frankie Murrell were all in on 6 tackles. Ryan McIntyre and Bryson Hall were each in on 5 tackle. Leon Broxton came up with an interception for the Tigers in the fourth quarter.

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