JASPER, Fla. (WTXL) - The Hamilton County Trojans hit a program milestone last season, as they made their second State Finals appearance in school history. While they fell short, they're ready to try again.
The Trojans fell to Port St. Joe in last year's Class 1A title game, and the loss serves as extra motivation to get back to Orlando and this time, walk away with the win.
Hamilton county is led this season by new head coach Seth Stebbins, who has coached in the area for years, and said he jumped at the opportunity when the position at Hamilton became available.
Stebbins said this season, the Trojans will be more physical on both sides of the ball. The return sixteen seniors off last years team, and Stebbins said the goal is the same, to get back to Orlando.
"It puts some pressure on you," he said of being a first year head coach at a successful program. "It's not like when you come in and a team is 2-8 and you win four or five and you're everybody's hero. The expectations are high, so there's some pressure. They got a little taste last year so they are really hungry. That's kind of our deal/ They want to finish the deal this year and like I said, they got a taste last year and they're a more bigger part of it this year so they're real excited."
The Trojans open up preseason play on Friday when they host FAMU DRS. They host Union County on the 28th to open up regular season competition.