CHARLOTTE -- Are we ready for some district play? For the first time since 2010, Palmetto and Port Charlotte will do battle on the gridiron, and head coach of the Pirates; Jordan Ingman couldn’t be more excited.

“It will be a great measuring stick moving forward and give us a lot of information on where we need to get better.”The ones that are grinders, when you are playing a really good football team, those are the ones that are fun to play and coach in,” Ingman said.

After the FHSAA redistricted, the two will go head to head in a class 6A district 12 match-up, both teams carrying perfect 3-0 records.

"We take every game seriously, and treat nobody differently. No  matter the numbers, the scoreboard. We grind and do our thing,” Ja’Nyrein Washington said.

The man they call “Da Da,” has been a bruiser, averaging 7.5 yards a carry.

“He is a humble kid who comes to work every single day, and we are very grateful he wears Pirates on the front of his chest,” Ingman said.

We have always known Palmetto has some of the most explosive skill players in the area, but know head coach Dave Marino has a new weapon in his big boys up front.

“This is the biggest offense and defensive line we have had across the board, along with some depth. If you are going to win games at any level, you have to be able to win in the trenches, and we feel a lot more competitive this year,” Marino said.

How about the man under center for Port Charlotte, Logan Rodgers who has done everything for the Pirates. He has a punt to his name, a field goal, a rushing touchdown, a couple throwing touchdowns.

“He is the point guard on the basketball team, he is our quarterback, he is a field goal kicker. He is just a good football player, he is a good athlete, he is a good kid,” Ingman said.

Load the cannons and get to the Pirates Cove, the winner of this game is in the driver seat of the district.