Blountstown, Fla. - The Blountstown Tigers football team has been a story of redemption.
Coming in to the season, we knew they'd good. As it turns out, they're great.
That's thanks to a very talented and deep senior class. Now those seniors have a chance to cement their legacy.
Last season ended with a 20-19 loss to Baker in the 1A State Semifinal.
This season, they avenged the loss in the same game, ended Baker’s perfect season, and punched their ticket to the 1A State Championship game.
"It feels amazing,” Senior Jamal Howard says, “It's been a long time dream since we were kids. Now we're doing it. Especially my senior year, we're doing it with a bunch of great guys. Couldn't do it with another team."
And while every other area team has had their season end, the Tigers will be representing the Panhandle in Orlando for the title this Thursday.
They're facing the number one team in the state, Madison County.
Blountstown won't let themselves feel like an under dog. They just beat one undefeated team – they know they can do it again.
"Yeah they're a tough team. But so are we," Nathan Hunter says.
"They're faster and stronger than anyone we've faced,” Denzel Washington adds, “But that's not going to stop us."
"Same thing we did against Port St. Joe and Baker,” Manuel Holiday explains, “It's going to come down to the Jimmys and Joes, blocking and tackling. That's what you've got to do to win."
They've been the best team in the area the past two seasons. Now they’re hoping to prove they're the best team in the state.
"Just play hard,” Tucker Jordan says, “Play every snap like it's your last. For the seniors, this is our last one, so don't regret a single snap after the game is over."
"We'll get them prepared as best we can,” Coach Greg Jordan adds, “We'll go down and play as hard as we can play, and hopefully play a good game, and we can live with the results."
The title game will be this Thursday at Noon from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Stick with News 13 all week long, as we cover the Tigers’ quest for a ring.
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