Blountstown looking ahead to tilt with Madison for 1A state title
The Blountstown football team is this area's last team standing this high school season, and that means a shot at that program's fourth state championship! That title shot comes in a game against Madison Saturday night over at Cox Stadium in Tallahassee.
The Cowboys are the two time defending state champs, they come into Saturday with an 11-2 mark. The Tigers a perfect 13 and oh, with playoff wins over Port St. Joe, Taylor and Baker. Blountstown a team that's played at a high level all season long, though like any team it's had some adversity. That says the coach, more easily overcome given the serious family type bond this team shares!
"When you believe in children sometimes they can do things that other people don't think they can do." coach Johnson told us. "I think that's a staple in our program that we have a belief when we go out there we know we're going to win the football game. The children know we believe in them, and we know they believe in us, in the coaching staff. People throw this word around, but around our program it's for real. We love each other. And when you love each other, you're not scared of failure. Because you know no matter what, when that horn goes off, you're still gonna love each other."
As for Saturday's opponent, the Madison Cowboys, they come in 11-2, with the two losses coming against 4A Lakewood and 6A Columbia. And just two seasons ago, they beat Blountstown 35-20 in the 1A championship game. So coach Johnson is certainly aware his team is going up against a powerhouse!
"You're talking about a team that's won back to back state championships. Before that competed for state championships in 3A. And they're just a great, well coached football team. It's like I tell our kids you don't want to get too caught up with chasing ghosts and all, basically they're a very good football team. We're gonna prepare hard, and give it everything we got. Nobody thought Buster Douglas was gonna beat Mike Tyson, nobody thought Appalachian State was gonna beat Michigan. We don't have to beat Madison twenty times, we've just got to beat them once."
That title game Saturday set for 7 eastern at Gene Cox Stadium.