PANAMA CITY, Fla, - This week's high school football games bring the debuts for a number of head coaches in our area.
One of those is Rutherford Head Coach Loren Tillman, who’s trying to put his hometown Rams back on the map.
He’ll be wearing the Rams’ black and yellow in a game for the first time since he played for them in his high school days.
He's done a good job getting excitement into the program since he's been back, the team nearly doubling in size from a year ago.
Rutherford is trying to make the playoffs in class 4A, and that begins this week in game one against North Bay Haven, and with the new points system every game on the schedule counts.
Last Friday the Rams beat Bozeman 20-7 in their preseason game, leading 20-0 at one point despite six turnovers.
Coach Tillman says if they cut down on the unforced errors, they can be a really good team, and everything changes this week.
"It goes in the win-loss column,” Coach Tillman says, “The way the points system is set up every Friday night matters. This is not a matter of taking any week off. We're excited that we're going to get something in the win column or the loss column. Both teams are going to get something. We want to make sure we're going to start off on the right foot and put it in the wind column."
The Rutherford vs North Bay Haven game will be played Friday night at Bozeman High School. Kickoff is set for 7:00.