FREEPORT — Here's a news flash: that 14-year-old freshman running back at Freeport, K'wan Powell, is a star in the making.
Entering the game at Bulldog Stadium on Friday night with 637 yards rushing and six touchdowns in four games, Powell tacked on two more scores during a 34-12 win over Graceville that finally put a check in the win column for Freeport in Region 1-1A play.
While official stats weren't available, Powell was near the 100-yard mark on the ground while Zack Johnson also rushed for a pair of scores for the Bulldogs.
"We're a little banged up and we have got to get some of these guys healthy," said Freeport coach Shaun Arntz. "But this feels good. We have to continue to push and stay with the process, but I feel good about where this team is heading."
Defense also played a major role for Freeport (2-3 overall, 1-2 in 1-1A) including a crucial fumble recovery by Fernando Rodriguez at the Graceville 15-yard line with the Bulldogs nursing an 8-6 lead in the first quarter.
Junior Carswell, who has committed to Southern Miss, had a scoop and score from 20 yards on a blocked punt, while Powell had an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown negated by a penalty. Justin Clark added another pick for Freeport.
Freeport looks to keep the momentum rolling next week at Northview in another region contest.
The loss dropped Graceville to 0-4, 0-3.
Rocky Bayou 26
BAKER — The outcome of the game isn't a surprise, but where it was played is.
Originally scheduled to be held at Meigs Middle School in Fort Walton Beach, electrical problems at the stadium shifted the game to the home field of the powerhouse Gators.
Baker is now 8-0 in the all-time series with Rocky Bayou. Official statistics for the Gators weren't available at press time.
In defeat, Caleb Preston had a big performance for the Knights, rushing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also taking his lone reception 40 yards for a score.
The win pushed Baker to 4-0 on the season heading into next week's homecoming game against Jay in a Region 1-1A matchup.
Rocky Bayou fell to 0-4 and straps it back up at St. Paul II in Tallahassee next week in North Florida Football Conference play.
South Walton 37,
Snook Christian 16
FOLEY, Ala. — The Seahawks spoiled the first homecoming game in Snook Christian Academy history with the out-of-state win at Spanish Fort High School.
Emerson Inestroza led South Walton (3-2) with 106 yards rushing on 12 carries and three touchdowns. Daniel Leuze added 112 yards on 14 attempts with a pair of scores.
The SCA Eagles, a first-year program, slipped to 3-2 with the loss.
South Walton returns to action next week in another non-region game at home against North Florida Christian.
MARIANNA — Walton saw its two-game win streak snapped in a big way as Marianna rolled to the decisive Region 1-4A victory.
The homestanding Bulldogs (2-2) broke open a scoreless game in the second quarter with a pair of rushing touchdowns, including a 52-yard burst from Werlean Pollock, to remain perfect in region play at 2-0.
Walton, which fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the region, scored its only touchdown on a kickoff return in the third quarter. That score followed a 23-yard scoring pass from Marquis Kelly to Trey Freeman that had Marianna on top 28-0 and in total control of the game.
A 25-yard Len Nobles field goal and the Bulldogs' fourth rushing TD of the game closed out the scoring.