On a night when both teams needed a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, Fort Walton Beach senior quarterback Blake James passed for 404 yards and five scores, including the game-winner to Marquese Davenport with 23 seconds left, to lift the Vikings to a thrilling 38-31 win over the Choctawhatchee Indians in front of an overflow home crowd.
Choctaw, which fell to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in district play, came within an eyelash of grabbing the postseason bid, fighting back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to tie the score at 31-31 with 2:46 left in the game. The Indians tied the game on a fourth down play, as quarterback Garrison Floyd connected with Chase Whitehead on a nine-yard TD with just under three minutes to go. Senior Dominik Jordan’s PAT tied the score at 31-31, sending visiting Choctaw fans into a frenzy.
The time left was more than enough for James, though, who engineered a 13-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in the game-winning pass to Davenport.
Choctaw finished with 336 total yards, while Floyd passed for 117 yards and one touchdown. The junior QB also ran 14 times for 115 yards and two scores.
Fort Walton Beach managed 500 yards of total offense, with 404 coming through the air. James completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts, while Davenport notched eight catches for 148 yards and four TDs.
Now 7-3, FWB will end its season with a home game against Arnold on Friday, while Choctaw’s season is complete.