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Defending state champs Blair Oaks High School defeated Buffalo High School at home on Friday, with a final score of 35-7, earning the Falcons the 2019 Class 3 District 5 championship title. They will continue on in their championship journey by facing Cassville High School next week.
Battle faced Fort Zumwalt North for the District Championship on Friday. The Spartans made some headway in the second half, but Fort Zumwalt had already scored 63 points by the middle of the 3rd quarter. Battle's season would end with a 63-20 loss, missing a spot in the state tournament.
From 3-7 to district champs. Former Battle coach Justin Conyers has made all the difference for Hallsville in his first season.
Friday's District Championship game marks the fifth time in six years that the teams have faced one another in the postseason.
A slow, stagnant performance plagued the Spartans from the start as their five-year streak of district championships came to an abrupt and lopsided end.
Penalties, turnovers and points in the red zone have all played a big part in both the successes and failures of the Spartans this season.
Hallsville, which has sparse postseason success in the past, has been taken to new heights this season by innovative, first-year head coach Justin Conyers and can win its district on Friday.
The senior Bruins committed to the Tigers earlier this year and are preparing for the challenge of SEC football.