The North Florida Christian Eagles soared beyond expectations by getting to last season's state championship game but now hopes are reaching new heights for 2007.
The Eagles came crashing down in the 1A state championship game 42-9.
Dayne Read, a linebacker and running back for the Eagles, says, "I know I have a grudge on my shoulder. I want to go back and beat Glades Day."
NFC is poised to do just that considering they bring back a slew of seniors.Offensive guard Adam Whipple says, "We got a lot of experience on the line. We might not be the biggest guys but we got a lot of speed and a lot of technique down." His line mate, Ryan Carroll says, "We're all like best friends. We all know pretty much what we're doing."
The offense certainly knows what they were doing in 2006 as they racked up 438 points en route to a 11-3 record.
Wide receiver Darrius McQueen says, "Our offense, I think, will be fine with our running game with Dayne Read then I've got help on the other side with Melvin.
McQueen is referring to Melvin Ray who will begin his NFC career in 2007 after showing off his stellar skills at Lawton Chiles High School, but he's got only one thing on his mind. Ray says, "We want to get it all, we're not settling for less. They want it last year and they didn't get it. I haven't got anything yet other than districts, so I want it bad. We want it bad as a group, we're going to do all that we can to do to get it."
But in order to get it done, the Eagles will need to find a replacement for Big Bend passing leader, Chris Walley. Head coach Casey Weldon says, "We have got a 3-way battle with Zack Cleese, Clint Trickett, and Austin Trainer. All 3 are battling right now and it's a close race."
Ray adds, "Funny thing is we can't find a starter but we got 3 good quarterbacks that can play."
Whoever gets the starting nod, expect him to post some big numbers in 2007.
Coach Weldon says " They're going to be flying around and making plays."
Hopefully making a play for a state championship.