HAVANA, Fl. (WTXL) - The postseason begins this week for both high school football teams in South Georgia and North Florida. The Florida High School Athletic Association released their playoff brackets yesterday, and the team receiving all the attention? Gadsden County.
The Jaguars finished the season winless at 0-9, but because everything is points based in Florida, their strength of schedule gave them as many points as Jacksonville's Andrew Jackson, who finished 4-5.
The tiebreaker? A coin flip, which Gadsden County won. Jaguars head coach Joey Striplin said their schedule this year was tough and they were rewarded for it. Now, they're ready to go prove all the doubters wrong.
"Talking to the coaches, the kids are up. They feel good about it," he said Monday. "We've had a lot of adversity this year. The hurricane, kids transferring, we had to get rid of some kids for disciplinary reasons. The kids that stuck it out, that's a good reward for them. Think we have a good chance. We played well against Gulf Breeze. I think we get down to a team in our class, I think we'll do just fine."
Gadsden County travels to South Walton Friday night in the Class 4A Regional Quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 7:30.