The J.B. Pennington Tigers battled the playoffbound Holly Pond Broncos on even terms for one half and trailed just 13-12 before giving up 18 unanswered points in the second half and falling 31-12 at Holly Pond last Friday night.
The Wildcats got touchdown runs from Andrew Kaplan and Justin Philyaw in the first half and the Tiger defense kept the Bronco offense in check.
However, in the second half the Bronco offense began to pound out yardage on the ground and the Tiger offense sputtered and was forced to go to the air.
Holly Pond scored a touchdown in the third quarter to lead 19-12 after three quarters and then took advantage of Pennington turnovers in the final quarter for a pair of touchdowns.
The Tigers pounded out 136 yards on 35 carries but completed just one of six passes for 30 yards with four interceptions.
Pennington got 58 yards and a touchdown on seven carries from Philyaw and 50 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries from Kaplan. Mason Campbell added 32 yards on nine attempts.
Tyler Love led the Pennington defense with eight tackles and a fumble recovery. Brandon Coffman added seven tackles while Dylan Woods had six tackles and a sack. Campbell and Kaplan each had a sack and Philyaw added a blocked field goal.
J.B. Pennington finishes the year 0-10 while Holly Pond improves to 5-5 and will travel to Lauderdale County (9-1) for the first round of the 3A playoffs.