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Houston County blasts Tift County

Tift County only thought it had suffered some rough defeats this year (truth be told, it has). The worst was yet to come as Houston County handed it a 66-7 drubbing Friday on Freedom Field.

The Bears improved to 7-2 overall, and 2-2 in Region 1-AAAAAA. Coupled with all else that was going on Friday night, they also assured themselves of making the postseason. Tift County fell to 1-8, 0-4. Houston County scored 19 points in the first quarter, 27 in the second, 13 in the third and seven in the fourth. That was with a running clock added in, in the second half.

Ryan Taleb accounted for the Bears’ first two scores. The first was on a 52-yard punt return. The second was on a 66-yard pass to Antwann Hill Jr. Thomas Bryant made the point after on the first and missed the second. A fumble recovery by E.J. Nobles set up Houston County’s third score, a 23-yard pass from Hill to Gavin Kurpis. The point after was no good making it 19-0.

A Christian Mathis 25-yard touchdown pass to Titus Beauford made it 19-7.

The Bears were back at it on their next drive – in fact scoring on every possession. Nick Jordan’s one-yard run made it 25-7 – the PAT was no good. Hill’s 16-yard pass to Kale Woodburn made it 32-7 – the PAT was good this time.

Taleb, on a nine-yard run, with Bryant’s PAT, made it 46-7. That’s where it stood at the half.

The Hill-Woodburn connection struck again in the third. This time it was for a 25-yard score and a 53-7 lead. Jaylen Ware’s three-yard run, minus another missed point after, made it 59-7. That ushered in the fourth where Christian Stokes made a long run to put it on the 2 and then got the call to finish it off. Benji Malcolm made the point after and finished the scoring.

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