District 3-4A already had a proven Champion-- the Lincoln Trojans went undefeated in District play to win the honor outright. However, the Chiles Timberwolves, Lynn Haven Mosley Dolphins, and Leon Lions were in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the District.
That meant a Monday night tiebreaker was in store, with the winner getting the final 4-A State Playoff spot.
In the tie-breaker format, each game last only one quarter and overtime is settled by each team getting 4 downs from the 10 yard line. A scoreless battle between the Chiles Timberwolves and the Leon Lions sent both teams into the aforementioned overtime setup. Leon converted a field goal to take a 3-0 lead and Chiles couldn't retaliate. Leon defeated Chiles 3-0.
With the victory, Leon advanced to play Mosley for the final spot. The Lions took an early 7-0 lead when a block punt was recovered by Stewart Butler and returned 20 yards into the endzone. Mosley responded quickly as runningback Tristan McCathern broke off a 41 yard touchdown run to make it 7-7. Then, with 2:30 remining in the quarter, Leon pulled out the bag of tricks... Quarterback Austin Dantin took the snap, handed it off to tailback Madison Carter, who handed it off to slot receiver Kareem Council, who then pitched it back to Dantin, who threw it 22 yards to Brandon Graham for the go-ahead touchdown. Trailing 14-7, the Dolphins made a last chance toss to the endzone that was intercepted by Leon's K.J. Dowd for a touchback. The Leon Lions won the tiebreaker and earned a spot in the State Playoffs. They'll most likely be traveling for the first round.
Lincoln Trojans will host their first round game.
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