Rutherford Getting Set For Playoff Opener

Springfield, FL---The state playoffs for area boy's teams are about to begin, so it's a good time to ask the question, are the Rutherford Rams poised for long postseason run?

The Rams, the champs of 5A district one, are getting set to host Wakulla Thursday in their playoff opener.

That district title along with the team's overall record of 23-2, and the fact the Rams haven't lost since three days after Christmas, are strong indicators coach Rhondie Ross' team should make some noise in the postseason.

"As a coaching buddy of mine says, we don't look like much getting off the bus, compared to everybody else." says coach Ross. "But we hope on any given night, when we strap 'em up, then people are gonna know that they are in a dogfight when they have to play against the Rams."

Ross goes on to say the strength to his team is team chemistry, and it's ability to play at a rather fast pace. He says the Rams will have to keep up a quick pace in the game against Wakulla, who will come in with some bigger inside players. The War Eagles he says will try to slow things down and make it more of a half court game.

This is Rutherford's 5th straight playoff appearance, and 7th in the last 8 years. The program's never won a boy's hoops title. It's made two state semifinal appearances, in '94 and 2010. On the 5A level a team must win 5 in a row to win it all. Again that first step for the Rams, at home Thursday against Wakulla. That game set to tip at 7:00 central.