SOUTHPORT, FL (WJHG/WECP) It is safe to say this is a very big week on the Bozeman campus! The Bucks are one of eleven area teams making the state playoffs, and with two of them, Blountstown and Vernon earning byes, one of nine
teams getting set for their respective regional quarterfinals Friday.
What makes this week especially big for the Bucks, it marks the first time ever Bozeman is hosting a plaoff game.
Coach Jason Griffin and his guys finishing the regular season strong, with wins over Bay, Jay and North Bay Haven.
That leaving them with a 6-4 record and as the four seed in 1A region 2.
That has them hosting the 5 seed, Port St. Joe, the Sharks finishing 4-6 on the season. And again, this marks the first home playoff game ever for this relatively young Bozeman program, and that's a pretty big deal!
"Well I'm finding out every day that it seems to be an even bigger deal than I thought." head coach Jason Griffin tells us. "I thought it would be...anytime you do something for the first time in school history it's always something cool, cool to talk about. But for the faculty and for the kids here, it's a really cool thing for them to say hey we're hosting a playoff game. It's a feather in the cap for these guys to still be playing when a lot of teams are already done for the year. For our guys to still be playing football."
The Sharks head north with three losses in their last four games, though those three losses coming against the likes of Blountstown, Baker and Vernon. And coach Griffin knows the Sharks will come up ready to play, and with a wealth of playoff experience.
"You know they're a team that's used to being here. Us not as much. I don't think that they're a better football team than us, you know we're a good football team. I think we're pretty evenly matched. They've got some athletes. There have been times this year when we've played teams that were pretty athletic and we had trouble tackling and those sort of things. We're going to have to make sure that we contain their athletes and get them on the ground. And then we're going to have to continue on offense, to execute our offense and score points."
The game with Port St. Joe set for a 7:00 start Friday, unlike most area playoff games that start at 7:30.