There are just few undefeated area high school football teams remaining as we head into week 8 of the season. Niceville, Blountstown and Sneads are those teams.
Sneads currently 6-0 with one game to play before the start of the SSAC playoffs begin.
Coach Bill Thomas and his Sneads team are coming off a 42-32 seesaw win at Bozeman this past Friday. That a game with several lead changes, especially in the second half, but the Pirates emerged with the win, and a 6 and oh record!
This week they'll host Patula, a charter school out of Edison, Georgia. That the final game before the Pirates start play in the first ever Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoff, that 12 team, class 1A event.
For Sneads this week, coach says, it's about staying healthy, and working to keep the momentum they've built through the first six ballgames!
"You know when you're undefeated," coach Thomas told me Tuesday "there's two things that can happen. Number one you can overlook people because you start thinking that you're better than what you are. On the flip-side of that, no matter if somebody comes out on fire on you or not, when you're undefeated and you've got the momentum going your way, all you've got to do is to start playing good during the game to turn the momentum and your kids always believe they're going to find a way to come back and win it. And we don't want to lose that, we want to keep pulling them out, we don't want to lose that belief."
So again, the Pirates hosting Patula Friday before starting S-S-A-C play. Coach Thomas wants his guys to focus on that and have some fun doing it, with this week being a little extra special for the team.
"This week the mission is to stay healthy, get a win and let the kids enjoy the Homecoming atmosphere. That's what we want to do. It's Homecoming, and Homecoming in Sneads, Florida is different than anywhere in the world I believe. It's a big thing here and I want the kids to really enjoy it, enjoy all the festivities. But I want to get a win, stay healthy in the ballgame."
As for the S.S.A.C. tournament, Sneads currently ranked 4th of the 12 teams involved, Blountstown, Baker and Vernon 1-2-3 respectively.