PALMETTO -- On Friday night, the Palmetto Tigers shot themselves in the foot, especially on special teams.
Clearwater Countryside blocked two punts that resulted in 12 points en route to a 15-14 win over the Tigers.
The Cougars' Scotty Dailey snagged a Palmetto punt out of the air and ran it in with 7:44 left in the first half.
"That's something we practice, getting into the lane to get a block then scoop and score," Cougars head coach Eric Schmitz said.
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Senior Quincy Washington and the Tigers special teams answered right back with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
"He is very talented. If he gets a seam he can really hurt you," Schmitz said.
Washington had his hand in a little bit of everything for Palmetto. The tailback also rushed for 114 yards, two touchdowns and had a blocked punt of his own.
"He played well for us tonight. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the win," Palmetto head coach Dave Marino said.
With 8:04 left in the fourth quarter, the Cougars blocked another punt setting up a 32-yard run by Dante Satcher.
Two plays later the senior punched it in from 1 yard out, but the two-point conversion failed.
With five minutes left in the fourth quarter Palmetto quarterback Jack Allison was sacked on fourth down, resulting in a 12-yard loss and forcing the Tigers to punt.
"They brought great pressure and Jack wasn't able to make the read fast enough," Marino said. The Cougars punted after on their next series, giving Palmetto one last chance to win the game. But Allison was picked off Dante Satcher with under four minutes left in the game, securing the win for the Cougars.
The Tigers were shut out in the second half while being held to just 69 yards.
"We had good field position, but we just couldn't make that one extra play," Marino said.