MANATEE -- Major playoff ramifications on the line when Out-of-Door Academy, and Saint Stephen's get together Friday night.

“Anytime it is ODA Saint Stephen’s it is always an exciting time,” Chris Kempton said.

The Thunder coming to the Falcons house for a Sunshine State Athletic Conference game.

 “Even if they weren’t 5-0 like they are, they would come in here ready to go, because it is a rivalry week, and we know that is a big deal,” Todd Creneti said.

Coach Creneti’s squad has set the standard, guiding the program to four straight trips to the Florida Bowl. Everyone know the magnitude of this game.

“They are undefeated in the conference, so it is almost like the conference championship. Whoever wins this game gets home field advantage in the playoffs, so it is a really big deal,” Camden Vining said.

“We get to know these guys, there is a competitive spirit. There are all things you have tried in the past that you try and change it is always fun,” Dylan Davis said.

Under head coach, Chris Kempton, ODA is off to their best start in program history, thundering out to a 5-0 record, averaging a shade under 34 points a game, and pitching two shutouts.

“A lot of different guys step up in key situations, so it has been a good start,” Kempton said.

“5-0, we set a school record this year, and we just continue to build on it,” Jared Flahive said.

No matter where the elusive Collin Castro lines up Friday night.

 “I am always ready to play wherever I can to give myself good opportunities,” Castro said.

A September game that seems to matter a little bit more. We can’t wait to see what unfolds.