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Freeport opens with 20-13 win against Holmes County

Sam Grubenhoff
Washington County News

FREEPORT — Despite returning only three full-time starters and holding just eight padded practices before the season began, Freeport already has a win on the board.

The Bulldogs (1-0 overall) beat Holmes County (0-1) for the second straight year on Friday night in Freeport, 20-13. The game was tied 7-7 at halftime.

“They really surprised me with their toughness tonight,” Freeport coach Shaun Arntz said. “They really gutted it out with so many guys playing both ways and only having eight practices.

“I couldn’t be more satisfied and proud of their effort and attitude tonight.”

Freeport senior Trey Hinkley hauls in a pass against Graceville during the 2019 postseason.

STAT OF THE NIGHT: 3

Freeport entered the night with just three full-time starters returning from its 2019 team: Senior offensive lineman Devon Cosson and Preston Abbott and senior tight end Trey Hinkley, who now lines up as the team’s starting running back.

Together, the three made some noise Friday, Hinkley racking up 118 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Ashton Nunes, Freeport

The Bulldogs sophomore quarterback wasn’t particularly flashy Friday, but he was effective, completing 12-of-25 passes for 125 yards and rushing for 55 yards and two scores on the ground.

With two interceptions on the night, Nunes still has a few things to clean up, but all in all not too shabby.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Peyton Kruger, Freeport

Kruger was a stat sheet stuffer on Friday, racking up six tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one interception.

UP NEXT:

The Bulldogs get two weeks off before they head up the road to play county rival Walton at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in DeFuniak Springs. Walton is coming off a 35-28 season-opening loss to South Walton and fell to the Bulldogs 13-7 a year ago.

NOTES:

  • Junior KK Henderson caught four passes for 77 yards and also picked off a Holmes County pass
  • Senior Cayson Schjott caught three balls for 21 yards and set up the game-winning score with a clutch 12-yard run late
  • Senior Kyle Armer caught two passes for 19 yards and led the team with nine tackles