BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (WJHG/WECP) It is a marquee playoff match up for sure Friday in Port St. Joe.
The Blountstown Tigers, fresh off their home win over Cottondale in the 1A region semi's, will head down to Port St. Joe to face the Sharks, who won big in their playoff opener Friday against Liberty.
This game with so many facets, two terrific programs with state title aspirations, a history of a great rivalry, especially in recent years.
And oh yeah, St. Joe's head coach Greg Jordan, after a 12 year run at Blountstown, took the Port St. Joe job back in January.
And then there's the storm, which caused their first meeting this season to be canceled. And it affected both teams in a variety of ways, with players lost, damaged fields and facilities.
And all that has left an indelible mark, certainly on Blountstown's Beau Johnson who's been coaching for 21 years and been a part of four state title teams!
"This will be, by far the most memorable season and thing that I've ever been through. What do you say, you can't even put it in words how much you respect what these kids have accomplished, and done, despite everything, it's just amazing, it's inspiring. Not just in football, it inspires you to be a better person because of the tenacity and the determination that these kids have shown. And these coaches, I have coaches on my staff that have no roof."
And yet, Beau adds, they continue to show up and work to help the kids move on! We will have so much more on this game as the week moves on, including the thoughts of both head coaches on the Tigers facing their former head coach!