Holmes County High blasts Bozeman

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 02:47 PM.

BONIFAY — The theme from Rocky blared through the Memorial Field speakers on Friday prior to a version of champion versus upstart.

The defending District 3-1A titlist Holmes County embodied the brash Apollo Creed. Visiting Bozeman took the role of the scrappy Rocky Balboa.

The ending here, a 39-20 win for the Blue Devils, mirrored that of Rocky. The champ was the victor, but not without some noticeable bruising.

Bozeman held the lead after one quarter and pulled to within five points in the third, but the veteran Blue Devils responded each time in moving to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the district.

“We bounced back a lot last year and haven’t been in that situation yet,” Holmes County coach Brad Johnson said. “But we came back and did what we had to do to win.”

Bozeman coach Loren Tillman also noted the Bucks (3-1, 0-1) hadn’t been in tight games yet this season. Holmes County provided a challenge that kept the Bucks from a statement win.

“The biggest thing to me is we haven’t been pushed up to now,” Tillman said. “We wondered if we could get by with some things, but Holmes County exposed them and we know what we have to do to get better.”

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