Take two egos, throw them together, turn on the lights and watch out for an explosive night.
No, we're not talking about Friday Night Rewind. We're talking about Nature Coast-Pasco. These are the top two teams, both undefeated, in our North Suncoast Fab 5 rankings, which my coworker Joey Knight votes on weekly. Let's not forget they also are a pair of top 10 teams in the Fab 50, which includes Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
What's not to love about a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup?
Ridgewood and Gulf? Didn't the Rams just lose to Central? And who has Gulf played? The combined record of the teams the Bucs have faced is 3-12.
To quote the famous (okay, locally known) John Cotey, "Gross!"
The nice thing about new rivalries is not having to read about the old ones like the 9-mile war over and over and over again. It's no wonder Knight would pump up Zephyrhills-Pasco. Guess which high school he played (uh, rode the bench) for in basketball?
I'll give you a hint.
During games, his job was to take the Bulldog for a walk.
No matter what Knight says, no game on the North Suncoast this season will feature the talent and fiery offenses Nature Coast and Pasco offer.
Pasco has Purdue commitment Josh Johnson, quarterback D.J. Clower, running back Jamall Haynes, and receivers Chaise Dunn and Hakeem Ishmar. Nature Coast has the sought-after Tevin Drake, Antwan Story, Alfredo Lindo and Michael Fields. I could go on.
The only appeal of Ridgewood-Gulf is to see what happens between the coaches during the postgame handshake.
Personally, I don't think it's worth sitting through 48 minutes of the Wing-T for that.