CHARLOTTE -- Jammed packed, top to bottom, class 6A district 12 has done it again, producing a Friday night match-up we have seen dating back to the 1980's.

“This may be one of the toughest districts in the state. There are some great teams in it. Palmetto, Braden River, Southeast, Port Charlotte and us,” Binkey Waldrop said.

For the 38th time since 1982, rivals Port Charlotte and Charlotte will meet.

“We are just thankful to be playing a good football team on a Friday night, and we don’t take these opportunities for granted, we are looking forward to squaring off against a good football team," Jordan Ingman said.

The Tarpons sit at 5-2, while the Pirates are 6-1. The fact of the matter is someone in this deep district will be sitting on their couch come playoff time.

John Busha is the man who puts the coals in the engine, and allows the Tarpons offense to roll. Over 1,00 yards of total offense, finding the end zone on 13 different occasions.

“That kid is very competitive; he is always ready to play,” Waldrop said.

The Pirates, led by Jordan Ingman, have won three straight games, but have not played since October 4th after an off week. The fellas are sticking to the script

“It will be a turnover battle and a penalty battle. Who ever wins the turnover battle and the field position will win the football game,” Ingman said.