BLOUNTSTOWN, FL-- There are just two area high school football teams that made it all the way to their respective classes' state championship game in 2013.
One of them, the Blountstown Tigers. The team perfect in the regular season. It then produced three playoff wins, earning the Tigers a berth in the 1A title game, a game they lost to Trenton 14-0.
So unfortunately the Tigers, after a great season, had to spend the off-season knowing they saved their worst for last.
Tigers coach Greg Jordan did not want that thought to linger with his returning players.
"You know just getting ready for next year. You've got to move on past that. It was a tough loss for us." coach Jordan told us. "The kids had a great run last year, 13-1, got to play for the state championship. You know as soon as that was over we started weightlifting in January, looking forward to the '14 season. We lost a lot of seniors last year, to the nucleus of the team. But that's high school you know, you roll them in and roll them out. So we're looking forward to this year."
As the coach said, they've lost some key players, but what good programs do is work to make "new" key players.
"You know we lost a lot on the offensive side. Defensively we have about four of those kids back that played over there last year. But we get in here and get after the kids. Our expectations for them haven't changed this year. We still expect them to try to put shutouts on the board defensively. And score what we can score offensively and give ourselves the chance to win every year."
The Tigers play a kickoff classic at St. Joe on the 22nd then host Walton on the 29th in their season opener.