Rutherford Gets to Central Florida After Eventful Day Thursday

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Winter Haven, FL---The trip is on for the Rutherford Rams, and it's already been an eventful trip south for coach Rhondie Ross and his team.

The Rams left the school at 7 Thursday morning in advance of their game Friday in Lakeland against American Heritage. To say the least, that trip not exactly going as planned!

The Rams not pulling into their Winter Haven hotel until 6:30 p.m. eastern time. They were planning on getting there sooner.

They weren't planning on having their bus break down on their way down from Bay County. A three hour delay in Gainesville for a new bus to come pick them up may have cancelled their shootaround for late in the day Thursday, but for coach Rhondie Ross and his players, nothing is throwing them off their game.

"The work has been done." says coach Ross. "Really to be honest with you, at this stage, the kids know all the plays, all the defenses. It's just trying to stay sharp. We're gonna make the most of it. This is a business trip, it's a minor setback, but I still feel pretty good about Friday."

"I'm very hyped and I know my team's hyped too." says Rutherford senior and of the team's leaders, Khaliel Spearman. "We're here, I mean there's no turning around so we've got to get it while it's here, we've got to live in the moment."

This Rams team made it to Lakeland after winning it's first three state tourney games, but Spearman says they're after something more.

"We've got a chance to make history, become the first Bay county team to win a state title. So we know what's on our shoulders. We've just gotta come out here, play the same game we've been playing and show why we're the best."

After the team checked in they were off to the Lakeland Center where coach Ross says he and his guys would scope out their surroundings, acclimate themselves to the building. And then get back to the hotel to rest up. Serious bed checks Thursday night with a ten a.m. eastern tip-time Friday.

Newschannel 7 Sports will have the complete wrap on the game at noon, 5, 6 and 10 Friday.