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BEAT THEIR BRAKES OFF: Florala Wildcats steamroll Kinston

The Florala Wildcats (5-5) finished off the regular season with a 35-0 victory over Kinston to secure the fourth seed for the upcoming high school playoffs.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Florala head coach Scott Mason said. “It looks like we are starting to peak at the right time.”

Florala got on the board for the first time late in the first quarter.

Jacob Hammac tossed a pass to Rashaad Coleman and Coleman broke the ankles of three Kinston players as weaved through traffic on his way to a 36-yard touchdown.

Hammac tacked on the extra point to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.

After a big stop by the Florala defense on the next drive, the Wildcats’ offense flew down the field and Leroy Mitchell capped off the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run.

Florala’s defense came up big again on the next drive to set the Wildcat offense up inside Kinston territory.

On the first play of the drive, Hammac launched a ball down the field to Logan West. West bobbled the ball, but came up with a circus catch to set the Wildcats up on the 1-yard line.

Hammac plunged in from 1-yard out to give the Wildcats a 21-0 lead with 7:01 left in the first half.

Florala’s defense wasn’t even willing to bend as they forced another three-and-out from Kinston.

Florala’s offense followed with another rushing touchdown from Hammac to go up 28-0 at halftime.

Florala’s defense then forced a fumble and got an interception from Zacchaeus Reese.

Hammac had a big completion to Vinson Flowers before Hammac capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown to finish off the scoring.

“Our defense has come so far,” Mason said. “They are a totally different animal than when we started. I’m so proud of coach Daniel Green and how he has worked this defense and shaped these guys. They played lights out tonight. This has completely changed this team’s view of themselves. They are used to being the whipping boy.”

With the win, the Florala Wildcats clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2007.

In two weeks, the Wildcats will travel to face Lanett in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Florala is asking for anyone that would like to donate money to help the team travel to contact the school.