MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - There's a lot on the line in week nine's High School Football Game of the Week, the Blount Leopards (7-1, 5-1) at the Baker Hornets (5-3, 3-3).
Led by its ironman, Keyshaun Johnson, Baker practices, looking to take that next step.
A one and done in the playoffs last year is motivation to do something better in this, Johnson’s final season.
“We lost to Foley and throughout the off-season we worked out and would say, ‘We want to get further than where we were. It’s senior year, let’s take Baker to the next level," Johnson said. "We want to be the team to do that.”
Johnson plays in both trenches, the offensive and defensive lines. You’ll also see him take snaps at running back.
They'll utilize any way they can get the 250-pounder on the field, as the Hornets need this one.
“We talk about it everyday: we win, we’re in," Johnson said. "There’s a lot more things that can happen if we don’t get in, but we just say, ‘if we win, we’re in,’ so we’re just focusing on us right now.”
“It’s a do or die for us," said Baker Head Coach Jack French. "We’ve been in big contests already this year and sometimes we’ve been successful and sometimes we haven’t. As a general rule, the best thing for us is to go out and play- it’s just a football game. And when they kick it off, that’s what it’ll be, but right now you have to understand it is the game you have to win, so you better give it all you got.”
That’s what it’ll take to dethrone Blount. The leopards currently perched atop the region standings.
They win and 6A Region One is theirs.
“[It's a] must-win, because a lot people thought we couldn’t do it, so now it’s our chance to show them that we can," said Leopards quarterback Malik Campbell.
“It’s always good to control your own destiny, to have the opportunity to determine where you fall in the region, where you fall in the playoff hunt," said Blount Head Coach Mark Hurt. "Right now we’re in a good spot, and if we can come out and execute and do the things we need to do this Friday night it’d just seal where we need to be in terms of first place in the region.”
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