TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - There's a lot to be learned from watching a State title slip from your fingers.
"Last year left a bad taste in our mouths," remembered JD Tease of North Florida Christian's loss to Canterbury in the 2018 Class 3A State Championship game.
"We're ready to get back out there. This year is going to be a different story," added Brandon Walker.
A story with a happy ending. North Florida Christian has a long legacy of winning, and this year's team is ready to be a part of that.
"We have a big tradition of winning here at NFC," said Tease. "I think we all expect to win. That's kind of our motto every year. We expect to win."
"To be a part of that is truly an honor because of what Coach Posey has done, what players have come through this program, how many wins and Championships he has," added Josiah Miller, who joined the program this year.
Four State Championships in eight title game appearances. To get the fifth? Just keep doing what they're doing.
"I think we've turned it up pretty good in the last half, so we're excited about being back," said head coach Mike Posey. "We just have to stay confident. Right now we're feeding into each other, and we just have to keep doing that."
Remembering how it ended last year? That's pretty motivating too.
"We've played it over and over in our minds," said Walker. "Last year we had plenty of chances to score. It's definitely State Championship or bust."
A State Championship and a chance to change the story.