BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - One of the lone area high school football teams still working this week, still hoping to end the season with a win, which would also mean ending the season with a state championship.
The Blountstown Tigers are that team. They are currently working towards their sixth trip to the state finals, where they have a 3-2 record over the years.
Blountstown has three state championships already in the trophy case, 2A titles in '73-76 and '77.
Since then they've made two trips to the title game, in 2004 under head coach Bobby Johns. And 2013 under current head coach Greg Jordan.
This year's 1A championship game comes against Madison, in Orlando at Camping World Stadium, AKA the Citrus Bowl.
The state semi's where this past Friday, the title game isn't until next Thursday, so nearly two weeks between games, which is a bit odd for high school teams.
"Well I think having this off-week, usually this time of year we don't like having off-weeks, I want to go ahead and play," Greg Jordan, Blountstown head football coach said. "But there's two physical playoff games that we've had, with Baker and Port St. Joe, week two of the playoffs. It's kind of been a toll with us, we've got some kids that are beat up, banged up. So this off-week will actually give us a chance to heal up a little bit, before we play next Thursday."
The Tigers head south next week with a 11-1 record, Madison is a perfect 13-0. Again Blountstown lost a regular season game because of a hurricane, hence only 12 games at this point.
Coach says having made a trip to the final game back in 2013 is a big help this time around.
"Well I mean just getting the logistics worked out," Jordan explains. "When you're leaving, where you're eating, the motel rooms, the accommodations and all those type things. It's our second trip down there so we're a little bit more prepared this time than we were in '13 when this coaching staff took this group of kids down there. But it's a fun trip, and I just told them it's a business trip, is how we're approaching this. So the kids are looking forward to it, and just have an itinerary with not very much down time."
More on Blountstown's trip to Orlando in the coming days.