GREENSBORO, FL (WJHG/WECP) It's safe to say fans up in Gadsden and Calhoun counties are pretty excited about Friday. Two of "their" teams will go head to head in the 1A region finals.
That the only playoff game in round two that pits two local squads head to head. Blountstown, coming off the round one win over Chipley, heading northeast to play at West
Gadsden, which is coming off the shootout 49-40 win over Port St. Joe last Friday.
The Tigers are 9-2, the Panthers are 10-1 on the season.
They and the Tigers are district champs, so the Panthers are hosting simply because that's how the brackets are working this year.
"We've been on the road a lot this year." West Gadsden head coach Joey Striplin told us Wednesday at practice. "During the regular season we had about four games, only four games at home. Being at home with our crowd out here, where we practice out here, big advantage. We've been on the road and at home, we've had to come back six times this year, from behind, so. That's what I love about this team, the resiliency, it feels good to be playing at home."
The 9 point win over Port St. Joe was a game in which the Panthers had to rally from behind three times to win, and it was, Striplin says indicative of what he likes most about his team.
"Definitely being able to come back. Last week, we got behind three times, and came back three times. Ended up scoring two at the end to win. Our district championship game we had to do it, and three other games we had to do it against playoff teams--North Florida, Graceville, and teams like that. Really like the resiliancy. These guys face adversity and just don't panic, so that's what I really like about this football team."
That game Friday night set for 7:30. We'll have highlights in our late news Friday. Thursday we'll visit with Greg Jordan and the Blountstown camp.