BAKER — It was just a typical spring Saturday in Baker, where the entire community, it seems, comes out to support their Gators.
Football Coach Matt Brunson’s undefeated team served pancakes over the weekend in the Baker School cafeteria. At the same time, patrons waited for their cars to be scrubbed down by the 14-0 state finalists.
This wasn’t the team’s first pancakes-and-car wash fundraiser.
“We started it about five years ago,” Brunson said.
There’s a reason for this winning combination of breakfast and car care that’s becoming a local tradition, Brunson said.
“The guys come out and wash the cars for free and we charge ($5) for the pancakes — that way, we don’t get any complaints on our washing job,” the head coach quipped.
Brunson said the Gator football team’s players take pride in washing cars for the people who come to show their support. The event is their opportunity to serve the North Okaloosa County community that always backs the team.
Still, the players had their work cut out for them considering how many cars in the lot had caked-on red clay, likely from driving around Okaloosa’s back roads.