TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - For high school football teams in the state of Florida, two weeks are all that remains in the regular season. For the Godby Cougars, this week is the last week for them to fight for a spot in the postseason, but to get there, they'll have to handle rival Rickards.
The Cougars are 2-5 on the year, losers of three straight, but that record and this season? It means nothing Thursday night against Rickards. The Raiders understand that in a rivalry game, anything goes.
"All these kids grew up playing against each other, playing with each other, so that makes it fun," said Godby Co-Offense Coordinator Joe Labrador. "There's a lot of neighborhood bragging rights and it's great to be part of an atmosphere like that."
Godby is gearing up for a tough Rickards offense, while the Raiders are looking to get past a touch Godby defense. It's a big game for both teams, with Rickards looking for their first District Championship in 15 years, and Godby, looking to stay alive.
"We've been talking about this time of the year for the last twelve months," said Rickards head coach Quintin Lewis. "Since we lost to Wakulla, we've been preparing for winning a District Championship."
"We know if we win this game, we have a chance to come out on Monday and play for the District Championship," said Labrador. "That's one thing we're really preaching to our kids."
Rickards at Godby kicks off Thursday night at 7:00 at Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee.