Blountstown Tigers headed to 1A State Title football game

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Students, teachers, and community members filled the Blountstown High School gym Wednesday morning.

The Tigers are headed to Orlando to play Madison County in the 1A State Title football game at Camping World Stadium.

"The kids know that after this it's all business from this point on and so they're extremely excited, but they're focused at the same time," Blountstown Head Coach Greg Jordan said.

It's school spirit you can feel.

"We cheered them on and they conquered what they wanted to do since June, so it's rewarding to be able to go," senior cheerleader Destiny Williams said.

"It's really cool to watch and cheer on the people that we grew up with," junior cheerleader Aliya Everett said. "They've been working really hard and we're very proud of them."

The community has rallied behind this football team so much that all Calhoun County schools will be closed Thursday.

"We're going to support our players," Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder said. "We're going to support our community and this is something that a lot of people are rallying around and this is just our way to show our support."

If the Tigers bring home a "W," it would be the first time in 40 years.

The game kicks off Thursday at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.