One of our area’s biggest high school football games of the entire season is coming up Thursday night out at Tommy Oliver Stadium when Mosley will welcome in West Florida Tech.
The Dolphins have gotten off to a dominant start to their season.
Here’s the results of their first three games: a 49-0 win over Walton, 33-7 over Gadsden County, and 36-7 over Rutherford.
But West Florida is a different monster. The Jaguars have dominated our local teams, winning the district four years in a row.
Last year, Mosley got as close as anyone from here has come, falling 23-14 to the Jags on the road.
There’s a lot of optimism in Lynn Haven that this is the Dolphins’ year, and Coach Jeremy Brown says if they want to achieve their goal of winning a District Championship, that hurdle will be right in front of them Thursday night.
“That’s something we’ve talked about,” Coach Brown says, “We started last January talking about it, and we talked about it throughout the summer. In order to win a District Championship, you have to win your district games. It doesn’t matter who it is. West Florida is going to pose a big challenge for us because of what they do and how well they do it. We told our kids, you can’t worry about anything else but Thursday night. Just go out there and play your absolute best, and be the best football player you can be for those four quarters.”
One huge advantage the Dolphins will have on Thursday – they’re playing at Tommy Oliver Stadium.
In fact, it’s their fourth home game in a row.
That means the same routine, same locker room, and of course, a home crowd behind their back.
Mosley drew the good straw this season. They won’t play a single district game outside of Bay County.
Coach Brown says the having home field could help the team come game day.
“Last year we played both West Florida and Pensacola High over in Pensacola,” he says, “This year, being at home, not having to get on a bus, being able to stay in more of a normal routine – if nothing else, it will help us keep the kids focused a lot better I think.”