TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Everyone loves a good rivalry for Florida High and FAMU DRS it's a classic one, Seminoles versus Rattlers, and school bragging rights on the line. It's our Friday Night Overtime Game of the Week.
It's the make or break time of the high school football season and both Florida High and FAMU DRS have a lot to prove in their upcoming matchup.
For the Seminoles, a win will make them a perfect 5-0, and legitimate contenders for a state title. For the Baby Rattlers, it's an opportunity to be an outright favorite in their conference.
So let's dive into ABC 27's Game of the Week.
"Our motto as a senior class is 'heart over hype,'" said Amarrie Harris, a Florida High linebacker. "You know don't believe in the hype. You might be the best team, you might be the bigger team, just play with heart that's what Florida High is all about."
That mindset radiates throughout this Seminole program. It coincides with their win the next play attitude that has propelled the team to a four and start.
But you also have to take notice of this team's chemistry. It's an intangible force to the way they play the game day in and day out.
"We have incredible senior leadership," said Jarrod Hickman, the head football coach at Florida High. "These guys have been outstanding their entire career, the juniors are outstanding leaders. They hold themselves to a very, very high standard and keep themselves to that standard every day."
On paper, this matchup looks pretty one-sided. But for the Baby Rattlers, there's no better time than now to change the recent narrative around this rivalry.
It starts with something FAMU DRS head coach Cedric Jones preaches week in and week out to his team.
"I try to instill that studying and making sure you do all your homework on the opponent," Jones said. "Make sure that you take care of all the little things. I always like to say that no one is going to be any more prepared than we will be."
Florida High hosts FAMU DRS Friday night and kick-off is at 7 p.m.
Dom Tibbets will be live for pre-game coverage starting at 5 p.m. and we'll have highlights on Friday Night Overtime starting at 11:15 p.m.