BLOUNTSTOWN, FL (WJHG/WECP) Among the marquee games on the high school football schedule this week is the game set for Port St. Joe Friday.
The Tigers take practice reps ahead of their preseason classic against North Florida Christian.
Safe to say it's a night a lot of players and fans are certainly looking forward to, even if the coaches involved want to downplay it!
It's 5-0 Blountstown heading south to take on the 3-3 Sharks.
This will be the first regular season meeting between the two rivals, and just the second game between them since Blountstown's former coach Greg Jordan went south and took the job at Port St. Joe.
Their meeting last season coming in the playoffs in November, a game the Sharks won 17-12.
So the Tigers wanting some payback, and with the undefeated mark and a combined score in their five wins a whopping 210 to 32, they feel like they have to the team to earn that payback.
Still from Blountstown coach Beau Johnson's perspective, he would have us believe, this is just another game!
"People are wanting to make more out of it because coach Jordan used to coach here, that (are still mad)." says coach Johnson. "The Port St. Joe-Blountstown rivalry, if me and him, neither one of us were involved, it would still be a big game. It's just two great communities and two great programs. It's really not about the two coaches. You know the thing that is exciting about it is how both communities support both programs. And it's a big game from an S.S.A.C. playoff perspective. The winner's got a chance to host a playoff game and the loser will probably finish no better than fifth."
The S-S-A-C the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, and that new model of area 1A teams playing their own playoffs and handing out titles, before the state playoffs begin.
Certainly one reason the Tigers are 5-0 and should be feeling confident going south for this one is wins over 5A Arnold, 4A Marianna, and 3A Deerfield-Windsor up in Albany, among others. And one of the big reasons for all that, the play of senior tailback Treven Smith, who has over 11-hundred all purpose yards, 600 on the ground, with 15 total touchdowns. He's scored running the ball, receiving, on kick returns, on interception and fumble returns. He's quite simply done it all!
"Treven's got spectacular athleticism," says Johnson "and he does a good job of watching film and being in the right place at the right time. When he gets a chance he makes people pay. He's really bailed us out in a couple of situations when we hadn't been playing as well as we should. And he's a spectacular player. He's scoring about every way possible."
That game at 7:30 eastern and is one of several we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.