Some area football teams are now into what you might call phase three of the season.
There's the preseason that starts in August, teams gearing up to play. Then there's the regular season, most getting in ten games, with 3, 4 or even five of them in district play.
And for those district champs and runners up, there's the playoffs, and that's where we are this week, with ten area teams still working, looking ahead to first round playoff games Thursday and Friday night.
Bay among those ten, thanks to a 3-1 record in 5A-1 play, which got them the runner up berth.
Coming off the win Friday at Walton, coach Watkins now working to get his guys ready for a trip to Tally Thursday night and a game against district two champ Rickards. Bay now 6-2, Rickards is 8-1.
"We got great respect for them." Bay head coach Mike Watkins told us. "We played them earlier in the year. (in the preseason classic) I'm sure they're probably a little bit better. I know that we're better at this point, so it'll be an interesting match-up. They've got plenty of team speed; very dynamic athletes. You know haven't really zoned in on their film as much to see if they're missing guys, or changes on the oh-line and dee line. I don't know, I just know they're a very good team and they've beat some really tough teams. You make the playoffs in the state of Florida, it doesn't matter who you go up against, it's gonna be a tough game "
Bay lost that preseason game between them 36-19. That game at Rickards set for Thursday because the two teams wanted to avoid playing on Veteran's Day.