FREEPORT — After a 1 hour, 5 minute weather delay, the Freeport and Holmes County football teams did battle with the Blue Devils taking the win, 26-18.
The Blue Devils struck first on a safety when the Bulldogs had a high snap on a punt attempt and Ashton Saults was taken down in the end zone. The second Blue Devil score came midway of the first period. The Bulldogs were on the move with picking up three first downs before fumbling it away.
Holmes County took over deep in Freeport territory and scored in three plays, Kalen Evans connecting with EJ Reddice for a 26-yard strike and an 8-0 lead.
Early in the third quarter, Freeport forced a fumble, David Ramshur making the recovery for the Bulldogs. Five plays later Freeport was in the end zone on a 16-yard run by Justin Clark. The 2-point try was no good.
After stopping Holmes County on a four-and-out, Freeport put together a four-play series with Clark finishing it off with a 1-yard run up the middle for the touchdown and a 12-8 Freeport lead.
The lead didn’t last long, as Holmes’ Zaveion Mathews returned the kickoff 75-yards for the touchdown and a 14-12 advantage.
Holmes put another touchdown on the board early in the fourth with Bubba Duncan capping off a 50-yard drive on a 1-yard plunge up the middle.
Holmes struck again with Josiah Farrow scoring on a 1-yard run for a 26-12 game.
Freeport came back with Brandon Siples breaking loose for a 71-yard run. Clark finished it up with a 1-yard drive up the middle for the touchdown and a 26-18 game.
Freeport made one last drive in the final minutes and got it down to the 1-yard line before Holmes took the ball away with no time left on the clock.