Mosley set for district opening showdown Thursday

The Mosley Dolphins are off to a 3-0 start this football season, but the 'fins know the season begins for real come Thursday night.

West Florida and Mosley will go at it Thursday at Chapman Field in what will be the 5A-1 opener for both teams.

Remember in the 5A class, unless you win your district title, or finish runner up, you don't go to the state playoffs!

The Jag's, who have basically ruled this district in recent years, come in 1-1, and off a game last week that had to be postponed by bad weather.

The Dolphins meanwhile, a perfect 3-0, with blowout wins over three 4A teams, Walton, Gadsden and Rutherford.

Tuesday I asked Mosley head coach Jeremy Brown how much that three and oh start has affected his team's attitude heading into this all important district opener?

"The guys are practicing hard, they're getting focused." coach Brown replied. "The intensity level at practice is really high. We've had our fair share of skirmishes out there, and guys really getting after each other. And trying to compete, and get the attention of their position coaches to try and get on the field. And I think all that comes from winning, they want to be out there. And I think guys want to be out there and feel like they're contributing. And in the process, it helps us get better."

And better is how they want to be come Thursday. Since joining the same district over five years ago, the Dolphins have lost four of five to West Florida, including a 24-13 road loss last season. And coach Brown knows even though his team has played well so far this season, racking up big points, well simply put, the competition level amps up big time Thursday.

"Yeah West Florida Tech's a different animal." Brown says. "They've pretty much run our district since we've been here for the last five or six years. They've been one of the top 5A programs in North Florida, if not one of the top three or four programs in North Florida in all classifications. You know I think these first three weeks for our guys we were able to get some guys some experience to kind of prepare us to go into this game. But our kids have known that this was kind of the first test for us and I feel like they'll be up for the challenge."

That game Thursday set for 7 o'clock, it will be one of several games we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.