One more win. That's all the Blountstown Tigers need to claim the Class 1A State Football Championship. Friday night, the Tigers take the field in Orlando against Trenton, where a win would give them that title, and forever etch their mark in Blountstown High School history.
Thursday morning, the Blountstown football team packed their bags, loaded up the bus, and hit the road to Orlando for the Class 1A State Championship game. It's a destination they've dreamed of since day 1.
"We've been talking about this since we were little," said junior Tripp Taylor. "This is what we've been training for and getting ready for. I think everybody's focused and know what we gotta do."
"It's a blessing, but I still think we haven't accomplished all we can until we've been to state and have done all we can do there," junior Anthony Wyrick said.
But the Tigers have dominated in getting to State, scoring 36 points per game, and that Tiger defense? They allow less then five points, and eight times this year, they've recorded a shut-out.
"I told our kids, after we went 10-0 in the regular season, if we go 10-1 and lose in the first round, nobody will remember this team," said Head Coach Greg Jordan. "We both need one more win to make this a good season."
"It'd be great. Everybody's really looking at us to do it," said senior Brett Bozeman. "We just feel like that's something we need to do. We need to get it back. We need to win."
The team telling said the community support as been overwhelming all week. As the team set out Thursday morning for the 4th State Championship in school history- their first since 1977 -that was clearly the case.
"Everyday during practice, they'll be somebody riding down the rode here, honking their horn, screaming Go Tigers!" remembered Wyrick.
"Everybody's really hyped about it," said Bozeman. "They're excited. You can tell. A lot of businesses say "Go Tigers." It's everywhere."
It's been on everyone's mind since 2004, when Blountstown fell less then a touchdown short of another State title.
"People still talk about the 73, 76, 77 teams," said Taylor. "Of course, all of us went down as little kids in 2004 when they played. We look at those guys like heroes. We want to set our mark and set our legacy."
It's a legacy that's been dreamed of since day one.