District 2-5A is a three-team gauntlet that might be unmatched at the state level.
Wakulla High football coach Scott Klees certainly believes it is the most difficult.
The trio – Godby, Wakulla and Rickards – is ranked among the state’s top-10 in 5A by both the Associated Press and MaxPreps.
Only two teams will advance into the playoffs, and the race to secure those coveted berths starts at Cox Stadium tonight, when defending state champion Godby (4-1) meets Wakulla (5-0).
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
The Cougars, who opened the season with televised games in Tampa and Maryland, are expected to be without coach Ronnie Cottrell due to illness.
Godby is ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps and No. 4 by AP.
The No. 9/6 War Eagles have overcome turnovers and relied on a stingy defense to remain undefeated.
They also have beaten Godby three of the last four, though the Cougars eliminated the undefeated War Eagles in last year’s playoffs.
“We have had a great week of practice, and our focus each week is to get better,” Klees said. “That’s our focus. It is a big game, but nothing changes. You have to hang onto the ball and play good defense.”
Wakulla rallied from a double-digit effort to beat East Gadsden last Friday, while the Cougars were idle.
Godby scored 175 points in victories over Chiles, East Gadsden and Leon in its last three games.
“They are so athletic, very fast and very athletic,” Klees said. “They are extremely good athletes.”
No. 5/9 Rickards, meanwhile, meets Godby and Wakulla in consecutive weeks to open November.
The Raiders (4-0) upended 7A Lincoln last Friday in triple overtime. They are at Fort Walton Beach Choctawatchee on Friday.