PORT ST. JOE/BLOUNTSTOWN (WJHG/WECP) It is quite simply what high school football is all about! Port St. Joe and Blountstown are getting set to renew their rivalry, in a game that is our Personal Attention Dental Center Game of the Week.
The Sharks are coming off another big district game, that 15-6 win over South Walton. So St. Joe 4-2 overall, but 2-0 now in league play.
If they can go up to Blountstown and get the win, the Sharks will be district champs. That though, says coach Palmer, easier said than done.
"Defensively, offensively, they're clicking on all cylinders right now." says Sharks head coach John Palmer. "The last four weeks they've scored a lot of points. They really have no glaring weakness, that's the scary thing. And they're really peaking at the right time."
The Tigers offense averaging about 35 a game. They're coming off a 28 point win over Freeport. They are now 6-2 overall, with a 2-1 league record. The district loss to South Walton, the wins over Bozeman and Freeport. Those latter two now a part of a four game win streak for the Tigers.
"And we got off to an 0-1 start in the district" says Blountstown head coach Greg Jordan "and that was tough because we lost control of our destiny at that point. We were going to have to have some help or pull off a win and force a tiebreaker. And that's where we're at now. Our kids have faced adversity and the challenge of bouncing back well and gotten better every week. And we're just taking it one week at a time since that time."
So this game is big in terms of a district title and runner up spot, but it's every bit as big to the players involved simply because it's St. Joe and Blountstown.
"You know the rivalry between Blountstown and St. Joe has always been competitive." Jordan says. "These kids respect each other, it's not a nasty rivalry. The kids respect each other, the coaches respect each other but the kids, boy they get after it on Friday night. The last several games that we've played have been competitive and hard hitting games. And both sides of the stands get into it and really support their teams, and get into it. It's what high school football is all about."
Coach Palmer agreeing with all that. "Port St. Joe Blountstown is such a good rivalry over the years. It really doesn't, whether it's a district or just the second game of the year, Port St. Joe Blountstown would be a good football game I believe.
Sharks won a very physical game last year in St. Joe 13-9. A lot of turnovers in that one. This game this week in Blountstown, 7 o'clock, and it's one of many we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.