Vikings Set to Take on Rutherford in Big Time Battle

Springfield, FL---High school basketball fans in the area get the chance to see a strong collection of talent on the floor going at it Saturday afternoon at Rutherford's Spiva Ram House.

Fort Walton Beach, currently 16-5, comes east to take on a 22-3 Rutherford team. So a combined 38-8 on the court there.

The Vikings will bring with them the kind of talent that can play with the run and gun Rams, especially inside. Coach Lavin has a 7 footer, John Egbunu, number 15 here, and a 6-5 player in Ty Culbreth who are both bound next year for the University of South Florida.

Rutherford head coach Rhondie Ross talks about a rather important aspect for his Rams going into that game. "Handling their pressure, because they do a very good job of trapping the ball, scrambling. Of course those two players, their versatility, both of their big kids can play multiple positions. So we've got our hands full, I'm glad we're playing them at home."

As for Fort Walton Beach coach John Lavin I asked him his reason for scheduling such a tough game just before district play begins.

"I's all about the process," says Lavin "trying to get better and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and Rutherford's in that classification."

He adds he's happy the way his guys are playing, they've grown a lot he says since the early part of the season, especially in attitude.

Lavin says his guys are a very close knit team right now and believes the vikings are on the right track to do something big if they can keep their composure.

Make note, this game's been moved up to 3:30 in the afternoon because of the Panama City Breeze game set for Rutherford Saturday night.