BAKER — Friday will be a busy night as Baker School hosts South Walton at Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium.
“The South Walton game will bring a little fanfare,” Baker Coach Matt Brunson said. “It’s the 100-year celebration of our school’s existence. It’s the 30-year reunion of the 1985 state championship football team.
“And of course, with all the other homecoming activities, I think it will be an awesome night. And bringing South Walton in for our homecoming game, it should be an exciting football game.”
The Gators (4-2) — coming off a 48-26 win over District 1-1A foe Jay — are playing their best football of the season, Brunson said. “I think our guys are peaking at the right time,” he said. “By beating Jay Friday night, we set ourselves in position to go over to Northview on Oct. 30 and play for a district championship, and that’s all you can ask for.
“I’ve stated many times that (Seahawk Coach) Phil Tisa is one of the brightest young minds in offensive football in this area. The offense they put on the field and the numbers they put up are unbelievable. We will have our hands full.”
South Walton (3-2) operates out of a spread offense and a base three-man front on defense.
Brunson enjoys the challenge of coaching the kind of game he expects Friday. “I love matching wits with those guys because they do a good job and I think it will be great for high school football,” he said. “They spread it out and you have to defend the whole field.
"Not only are the pretty good offensively, but they are as physical as I’ve seen them on defense.
"Our guys want to win on homecoming and beat South Walton because they beat us last year. I think it’s going to be a huge night.”