Sneads football seeks program history in region semifinal

SNEADS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It was pretty good to be a Sneads Pirate last weekend.

This week might be even better.

While the volleyball team eyes a sixth straight state championship in Fort Myers on Friday afternoon, the football team makes a rare appearance in the second round of the playoffs later that night.

After ousting Franklin for the second time this year, 55-28, the second-seeded Pirates host third-seeded Jefferson for the second time this seasn in the region semifinal. When these teams met on August 31st, the Tigers handed the Pirates their only loss of the season, 34-15.

At 8-1, this is Sneads best season since Ron Tanner was at the helm 15 years ago. Since the program started in the early 50s, they've only made it this far in the playoffs three times.

The coaches and players are aware of this season's significance and they're using it as motivation.

"That's something we talked about in mid-season was trying to get to the playoffs," head coach Bill Thomas said. "We pulled up the stats off the FHSAA website and saw that there's only been five trips to the playoffs and only been two playoff wins, which we got the third Friday night. Sneads has never had a second round win. That's our big goal this week, trying to make history and be the first team to ever do it to really put them on the map as a special team."

Kickoff is set for 7:30 central.