Blountstown seniors ready for one last hurrah

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BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - It's a small town's big moment this week.

Coach Greg Jordan and his Blountstown Tigers hit the road Wednesday to chase after a 1A state championship.

The road to state is familiar for this program. In fact, these senior Tigers were in eighth grade when Blountstown last made the trip in 2013.

"No matter what happens we've got one game left," Greg Jordan, Blountstown head football coach said. That's going to be it for our seniors."

In small towns like Blountstown is where everything revolves around the high school football team.

"We only have like 2,000 people in whole town," Gabe McClellan, Blountstown senior football player said. "So yeah, we know about everybody."

This small town team's chasing big dreams - winning its program's fourth state championship.

Head coach Greg Jordan says this year's trip to state is something really special.

"I took this job in '06," Jordan said. "They were in kindergarten, and my youngest son is a senior this year with those guys, and I've seen them grow up the whole time through teeny mites, and pee-wee's and middle school."

Memories that trace back to their kindergarten years that are made of wins, losses and post-game celebrations.

"Just from being a water boy and then now playing on the football team," Ja'marius Engram, Blountstown senior football player said.

"We got to the ultimate goal that we've been going for since we was little kids watching other older guys that was in high school," Alex Buggs, Blountstown senior football player said.

"I was in eighth grade when they lost," Tucker Jordan, Blountstown senior football player said. "I just wanted to bring back gold for this community in this town. I feel like they deserve it."

"They got to where they knocked on the door last year in the third round, to where they were able to knock the door open again this year," coach Jordan said.

Coach Jordan believes it's a different ball game when players grow up together versus when you assemble a team of talented players.

"They tend to care a little bit more about each other," coach Jordan said. "And they know each other a little bit better and I think they fight a little bit harder just for that reason. I think that's a positive thing for us."

It's the best of the best in one small town that cares deeply about the sport, each other and the community they grew up in.

"We've been trying to get here and now we're finally here altogether as a group," Buggs said.

And when they hit the field Thursday, playing in their last championship game as Tigers, win or lose, "I love those guys," Jordan said. "And we'll be friends for the rest of our lives no doubt."

Blountstown leaves Wednesday morning for Orlando. They play Madison County in the 1A state championship Thursday at 12 central.

Jamie Hale will be following the team and keep you updated.