TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - There are few high school football programs in the state of Florida that that of North Florida Christian. The Eagles have seven State Championships, claiming the last one in 2011 in head coach Robert Craft's second season.
In 2014, the Eagles fell to eventual State Champion Victory Christian in the Final Four, and if they want to make it back, they'll have to overcome the loss of eleven seniors, six of which signed college scholarships.
Coach Craft said he is confident in the guys he has coming back though, as nine sophomores and two freshman played. The main mission in 2015? To get back to Orlando, as after falling short in the Final Four the last two seasons, this senior class is hungry.
"The message we've talked about is just finishing everything we do," said coach Craft. "We felt last year in some of our regular season games and just our season in general, we didn't finish. That's our talk all offseason. If we can continue to get better every week, by the time we reach week 11, and then hopefully the playoffs, we'll be ready and stay healthy and have a chance to make a run in the playoffs."
Craft said as usual, the expectations at NFC are high. They have a tough schedule, as nine of their ten opponents this year are playoff squads and two were State Runners-up last season.
The Eagles are at Eagle's Landing Christian on Friday for preseason play. They open up the year on the road at Deerfield-Windsor on August 28th.