Not as fortunate were the results for South Walton, Walton and Rocky Bayou.
BRATT — Don't look now, but the Freeport Bulldogs are starting to get hot.
Moving to .500 across the board — 3-3 overall and 2-2 in 1A regional play — Freeport overwhelmed Northview for a big 48-19 road win at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
"Like I said last week, I'm really happy where we're at," said Freeport coach Shaun Arnst, whose team recorded its second straight win following a 34-12 win over Graceville, "and this echoed it tonight.
"The guys are playing hard, we're preparing hard, the coaches are coaching hard — man, this feels really good to get a winning streak going."
Freshman running back K'wan Powell had a monster game for Freeport, rushing for 260 yards on 20 carries with his three touchdowns highlighted by a 97-yard burst. Powell also caught one pass that he took 55 yards for a score.
Also enjoying a big night was Rajah Hooks, who rushed for 186 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Zach Johnson added a defensive score on a fumble return.
Defensively, Hooks had an interception while Isaiah Ward added a fumble recovery.
Freeport looks to run its winning streak to three games next week in a big regional test at Chipley.
N. Fla. Christian 31,
South Walton 14
SANTA ROSA BEACH — Breaking open a tight game at halftime, the unbeaten 2A Eagles spoiled Homecoming for the 4A Seahawks at the Hawks Nest.
Daniel Leuze led South Walton on the ground with 110 yards on 12 carries. Drake Roberts completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards, including a touchdown pass to J.M. Allen, who finished with four receptions for 87 yards. Cade Rowland hit on 6 of 9 pass attempts for 74 yards, including a scoring strike to Jaden Page.
The loss dropped South Walton, which had won three of its previous four games, to 3-3 on the season. North Florida Christian improved to 5-0 with the big road win.
The Eagles led just 10-7 in the third quarter before exploding to the victory.
South Walton faces another big test against an undefeated opponent next week when the Seahawks travel to Baker.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — An offense that struggled a week ago continued to sputter for Walton in a 4A regional loss to Rutherford.
Seeing a two-game winning streak snapped last week in a 38-7 loss to Marianna, the Braves again struggled to find the end zone, held scoreless in the first half and managing just one offensive touchdown in the game.
Trailing just 13-7 in the third quarter, the Braves quickly fell behind 26-7 in falling to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in regional play. The major hurdle for Walton was Rutherford running back Kendarius Heard, who rushed for 138 yards on 25 carries and five touchdowns. Heard's scoring runs covered 19, 4, 2, 12 and 23 yards.
Behind 13-0 with 8:32 to play in the third quarter, Walton's first touchdown came on a 92-yard kickoff return by Kentrell Parker. After Heard's third and fourth scores of the game pushed the Rams ahead by 19 points, Parker got Walton back on the scoreboard with 4:45 to play in the game on a 14-yard TD pass to Brandon Siples.
Parker finished the game 6 of 14 passing for 51 yards and the lone score, but the offensive numbers were decidedly in Rutherford's favor as the Rams had a huge 345-118 advantage in total offensive yards, of which 306 came on the ground.
The win improved Rutherford, which entered Friday night on a four-game losing streak, to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in the region.
Walton looks to get back on the winning track next week at Port St. Joe.
John Paul II 49,
Rocky Bayou 20
TALLAHASSEE — In a game between North Florida Football Conference teams headed in different directions, the visiting Knights were unable to keep pace with the unbeaten Panthers.
Rocky Bayou (0-5, 0-2 NFFC) actually led twice in the first half before the game unraveled after halftime.
The Knights went up 7-0 early on a 38-yard touchdown run by David Denbow and Aaron Grabinger PAT kick, and reclaimed the lead at 13-7 on a 37-yard run by Caleb Preston, but then St. John Paul II exploded.
The Panthers scored the game's next three touchdowns and never looked back in moving to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
A week after rushing for 206 yards in a lopsided loss at Baker, Preston took 18 carries for 131 yards and two scores against John Paul II. Denbow added 73 yards on 12 carries including the game's first score.
The 20 points scored by Rocky Bayou were the most allowed this season by John Paul II, which entered allowing just 8.3 points per game.
Rocky Bayou returns to action next week at Aucilla Christian in Monticello.