BAKER — The formula for a perfect homecoming football game has several key ingredients.
The first would be a crisp fall Friday night. You then add a stadium filled with alumni and fans. Sprinkle in a few floats, a radiant queen and her court surrounded by gushing parents and the formula is almost complete.
The final ingredient is an outmanned opponent. Franklin County High School will be that opponent for Baker School on Friday as the Gators celebrate Homecoming 2013.
The game is set for 7 p.m. at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium.
Baker heads into Homecoming riding a 7-0 record. Only once, in last week's 21-13 win over Jay, have the Gators failed to score less than 35 points.
The Seahawks (0-7) are coming off a 50-0 loss to West Gadsden. They have allowed 359 points while only having scored 33 points all season.
Baker Coach Matt Brunson is trying not to look too far past the Seahawks.
"I haven't matched up with those guys in a long time," he said. "The head coach at Franklin County is actually a guy that was the defensive coordinator at Bozeman last year, Aaron York. Bozeman got the better of us last year.
"He's trying to take a struggling program and build them up. Hopefully, we will do what we do and be successful. A lot of times, a new coach in a program that hasn't got to our strength levels has trouble defending us, and I hope that's the case Friday night."
Franklin County will set up a lot like Baker on both sides of the ball, Brunson said. The Seahawks run a 5-2 defense and a variation of a tight end, wing offense that uses the option play.
"We work on defending other people and what they do offensively," he said. "The key to what we do and our success on offense is pad level, punch and feet (moving to drive the opponent) after contact.
"They had better have their pads down and play good technique or they are not going to stop us."
Brunson hopes to see a big turnout to celebrate Homecoming.
"We are proud to be where we are at 7-0," he said. "Every team (wants to be undefeated) when you start off season camp in January and through spring training, summer workouts and (get) back at it in the fall — and we've accomplished everything that we set out to do to this point.
"I'm proud of our guys. They've worked out and played well. It's big for out team, our school and our community."
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.
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What: Franklin County at Baker
When: 7 p.m. Friday