BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - A big game on the gridiron Friday night is a key one for Blountstown.
Blountstown's head football coach Greg Jordan and his Tigers host coach Donaldson and his Marianna Bulldogs.
That in our Personal Attention Dental Center Game of the Week.
The Tigers began the year with a hard fought win at Graceville. Then played their home opener last week, falling to Florida High by a score of 35-21.
A game coach Jordan says basically got away from them with a couple of key plays.
"The game was 21-21 in the third quarter, had a couple of missed assignments and gave up two scores in the fourth quarter of that game," Greg Jordan, Blountstown head football coach said. "So 1-1, got a lot of things to work on still, but we have some positives to build off of, and we look forward to the rest of the season."
And the first game of the rest of the season again comes at home against a Marianna squad that coach Jordan knows is a hungry bunch.
The Bulldogs 0-2 and coming off that tough overtime loss at Port St. Joe.
"Marianna's a very talented, talented football team," Jordan said. "Playing really good defense. And they've got their skill players that are very explosive and you have to tackle in the open field on those guys and just be ready for a tough, physical game. Coach Donaldson does a good job up there with those guys and they'll be ready to play."
Speaking of Marianna, it's been a tough start to the season for the 'dogs. They opened at home with a 21-17 loss to Chipley. Then last week hit the road to face Port St. Joe, with the defense pitching a shutout for 48 minutes, and yet they still lost, losing that game in overtime 7-6.
"That was a heartbreaker," John Donaldson, Marianna head football coach said. "It was a great, great football game, a tough one to lose. Two big games on the road, we knew about it, talked about it all summer, we knew it was coming. It was what we signed up for, but it doesn't make it any easier. Two great opponents."
And again the second of those is Blountstown, which opened with a win over Graceville, then stumbled late and lost last week to Florida High.
Donaldson knows it's never easy taking one away from the Tigers.
"A great team, a typical Blountstown football team," Donaldson said. "Big up front, great skill people. Just very well coached. They've got a good thing going there."
That game in Blountstown set for a 7 o'clock kickoff, and is one of several we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.