West Florida Tech prepares for second round playoff game with Wakulla
West Florida Tech’s football team vanquished long-time nemesis, Tallahassee Rickards, last Friday. That moved them into the second round of the State 5A playoffs.
This Friday, they face another old playoff foe, with a chance to do something they’ve never done before.
The Jaguars are in the playoffs for the seventh straight year. Eighth time, overall.
Now, they are trying to reach their first Regional Final. They broke through against Rickards, and their Louisville-bound quarterback, who had beaten them the last two years. Friday, they’ll face a different kind of challenge with Wakulla’s quarterback.
Jags’ coach Rhett Summerford said, “He throws the ball around to different people. Still has the athletic ability. I think their talent is spread out throughout the whole team, whereas Rickards was kind of one or two players who we really had to focus on. Wakulla's got more of a different person attack. So it presents more of a challenge.”
Solving Rickards’ Marcus Riley, last week, gives the Jaguars’ confidence a boost, this week. They just have to do what they did, last week.
“We've got to tackle well in open space. It was a key to the game, last week,” said Summerford. “Same thing, this week. We've got to block up front their big defensive line. How does that match-up play throughout the game. Our offensive line probably had their best game against Rickards,” Summerford added.
The Jaguars seemed to have last week’s game in hand, but a couple blocked punts and an interception return kept Rickards in the game. Junior defensive back Keyshawn Swanson came up with a Pick-6 of his own to stifle any Rickards comeback attempt. A big play. At this time of year. They will need more.
Summerford said, “The bigger the ballgame, the better you have to play. So, we're happy that we found those small things that we need to get better at, so that we can prepare ourselves for Wakulla. Wakulla beat Rickards, so you gotta feel like they're a better football team. And so, we've got to play better this week than we did last week.”