BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Even though priorities have changed, football still matters, even in the midst of great loss.
Coaches preach to players about overcoming adversity...like, trailing on the scoreboard. At least, that's how it was before October 10th.
Now players like Blountstown senior quarterback Trent Peacock know about real adversity.
"It was the scariest moment of my life," Peacock said, recalling the experience of riding out Hurricane Michael at his family home in Blountstown.
"Our windows started to shake. We were trying to board up the windows. Like, right as soon as we're putting it in, the ceiling blew off and we all looked up and we all looked up at the sky and we could see things blowing over."
How do you overcome that adversity?
One day at a time.
"Cutting trees and moving stuff, putting on tarps."
And one snap at a time.
"A lot of people rely on Blountstown football in our community," Peacock added.
This community lost a lot, but not football. On October 27th, Blountstown played and won big against Walton, 45-7.
"It's amazing. It was just a good feeling to be able to play for everybody.'
Peacock scored touchdowns on the first two plays of the game. By the end of the first quarter, number four had four scores. You couldn't have scripted a more triumphant return for player or team.
"A lot of people thought we weren't going to play again and I thought we weren't going to play again, but here we are."
Cutting trees, moving, and tarping helped his immediate family. This helped his other family: his Blountstown family.
"We just played for everybody that came. For everybody that's going through hard times just know that Blountstown is still playing football."
His hometown and its home team are already coming back stronger.
"I'm so glad that I'm here. I mean, you just get priorities straight. I'm very thankful."
And this community is thankful every day for each other and for football.
They're overcoming adversity together.