TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - High school football games have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Big Bend will see several football fields lit up on Thursday night this week, and one of the games choosing to play Thursday instead of Friday? Florida High at Madison County.
It's a match-up of two undefeated teams, and while both are looking to stay perfect, one will have to lose. This is a contest of 1A vs. 3A, so it's a good chance for 1A Madison County to get some points in Florida's new point system against a good team.
"The thing with Florida High, you know they're going to be well coached every year," said Madison County head coach Mike Coe. "They're going to keep getting better as the season goes on, so I don't think you can lose playing people like Florida High."
Florida High head coach Jarrod Hickman agreed, saying the Madison gives his team a true test early in the season.
"The next step is to go over there and play in a very tough environment and win," he said. "I don't think we've done that before. It's something we're certainly capable of doing and so we just want to go out and play well and see what happens.
Coach Coe notes he likes where his group is at, but said to get a win against Florida High, the defense will have to be on their toes.
"He's got some Cats that can make things happen with a ball in their hands," he said of Hickman's Seminoles. "We just have to be sound in all three phases."
"They're just a really good football team, a very consistent football team that doesn't beat themselves," agreed Hickman. "The last two years I don't think this game has been separated by more than four points I think, so it's a great challenge to go to their place and their stadium and just compete."
The Florida High at Madison County match-up kicks off at 7:30 on Thursday night.