BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Coach Greg Jordan and his BlountstownTigers are, along with Crestview, one of the last two football teams still working this week, as they look ahead to Friday night's trip over to Baker for a 1A state semifinal.
The Tigers earning that berth with two playoff wins, the first over Jefferson and then this past Friday they beat rival Port St. Joe 41-21.
Facing Baker gives them the chance to avenge a loss in last year's state semi's. If they do that they'll make their first trip to the final game since 2013.
That would be a fitting reward for a group of kids, as the coach tells us, that has been tight knit and brothers on the field for a long time.
"These seniors are a special group," Greg Jordan, Blountstown football coach said. "There's 15 of these guys this year. They've been here, they were kindergartners when I took the head football job. My son's a senior, my youngest one, so it's a special group. Me being a head coach here is all they've ever known."
And working through this Thanksgiving week, while school is out, is somethimg these kids have absolutely no problem with.
Even with the coach getting them out of bed early for morning practices that start at 9 a.m.!
"We start talking to our kids early about wanting to be here in this third round of practicing in fall break and what that would mean," Jordan said. "Getting up early, and coming to practice at 9 o'clock in the morning or whatever. And so the kids are prepared for it, it's not like it was a surprise to them. When we won the second round game, we told them this could happen and it did. So they're excited to be able to practice this week."
Blountstown and Baker kickoff Friday at 7:30.