Christmas comes early—Blountstown revels in holiday spirit and state championship anticipation

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BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Christmas came early for Blountstown, because for the second time in there seasons the Blountstown Tigers are back in the state championship.

Christmas came early for Blountstown, because for the second time in there seasons the Blountstown Tigers are back in the State Championship and locals could not be happier. (WJHG/WECP(

Locals could not be happier.

"I think every football player that's been out there on that field has worked hard every step of the way to get where they are now,” said Blountstown resident Danny White.

Blountstown city officials say their Christmas parade was originally scheduled for Saturday, but moved up a night early to celebrate and motivate the team before the big game in Tallahassee against Madison. They even made the Tigers the grand marshals.

"Hey, bring some type of hope, excitement and encouragement to the community. Gives us something to look forward too by cheering them on and leading them to victory,” Blountstown City Manager Traci Hall added.

Even though the undefeated Tigers made it look easy for much of the season, their city faced many challenges particularly since many are still recovering from Hurricane Michael's devastation.

"It has been very interesting watching our team grow this year especially after the hurricane," resident Cade Turner reflected. "After the hurricane, we were not quite sure exactly how that was going to happen. So definitely watching it get built from the ground up is definitely amazing."

Many are hoping that their performance in the state championship game will also lead them to bright futures.

"I think it's a great way for these high schoolers out here to truly show off their skills in football. Expand their knowledge in football and maybe get a scholarship to college."

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