Panama City, FL---Friday it's another Bay county match up that also happens to be a district rivalry. This time around it's between Bay and Rutherford, two teams coming off rather different results.
Bay hosts the game in a renewal of their rivalry that dates back half a century now. The Tornadoes are coming off the big win over another county and district rival Arnold.
"Oh without question it was a good win the other night," says Bay head coach Jimmy Longerbeam."especially with the way it ended. You know we're down with five minutes left, come back to score two touchdowns to win the game. I was proud of our kids, I thought they played hard and they hung in there."
And the momentum of all that really seems to be carrying over says coach Longerbeam.
"Oh no question, we had a great day of practice yesterday, having another good one today. And you know I think our kids are excited about who we're playing."
As for Rutherford, well they're coming off a sound beating at the hands of West Florida, that is no doubt one of the best teams in the state. So my question to coach Dempsey, what's the mindset of his guys in the wake of that?
"Well again the attitude of our team is high, the focus is on a county game. We're finally in playing teams that we match up well. Bay High's a pretty good football team, they've got some great athletes over there. The spirits are still high because they're goals are still in reach for us."
Oh by the way, one of Bay's defensive lineman Keith McNeil, verbally committing to South Alabama, so already a big week for him. Game time at Tommy Oliver Friday night set for 7.