CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - The time 34 years ago, the Wakulla football team was celebrating their second of back to back State Championships. The year was 1981, and the coach? J.D. Jones.
Scott Klees took over the Wakulla program in 2006 from Jones. He led the War Eagles to the 2011 State Championship game, where they settled for a State Runner-up finish.
Klees and the War Eagles inched closer to State title number three on Friday, when they defeated Clay in the 5A State Semifinals. This week, the guys are hard at work as they prep for Bishop Moore in Friday's Class 5A State Championship game.
Klees knows they'll have their hands full. Bishop Moore is a good program, but he added this Wakulla team is playing good right now, and while this group of War Eagles hasn't played in a State title game before, Klees has, and he's using his experience to educate his team.
"The more years you do it, you learn a little bit more each and every year," he said of his coaching experience. "Being here once, we played for it four years ago, or five years ago, whatever it was. Being able to help these guys from having the experience of being there."
"We've matured more as a team, as a coaching staff," said senior Monterious Loggins. "We've became a family, especially the last four playoff rounds, they really brought us closer together as a team."
Friday's match-up kicks off in Orlando at 1:00.