Tallahassee, FL -- For the first time in seventeen years North Florida Christian is coming of a season where the Eagles failed to reach the playoffs.
"I think we're like everybody in the big bend. We're ready to start the football season. It's been, for us, it's been a long, unusual offseason," said head coach Robert Craft. "Not making the playoffs. Our kids are hungry."
They won't have to worry about that this season. They've already guaranteed a spot in the post season with only one other team in their district. The division one talent alone on their roster puts them as an early favorite for a state championship contender.
"It gives us more experience than we had last year," says senior defensive back Travis Blanks. " We had guys that had never played a down last year but last year got them experience that they needed. Now I feel that we're ready to really compete now."
Players like defensive back Travis Blanks who has already committed to Clemson, and senior quarterback Matt Dodson, and Michael Railey and Hunter Levine.
Craft adds, "We have 19 seniors and amongst those 19 we have four or five that are going to play division one football. Several have offers and so we feel that those guys, we're not only worried about their college season but they have to lead our team first."
A season that begins with the King's Academy and hopefully ends in Orlando.