Defending 2A State Champs are Not Rebuilding, But Reloading

By Marcus Joseph

May 10, 2012

Tallahassee, Fla. ( – The class 2A defending champs, the NFC Eagles football team kicked off their campaign for their run for another state championship title, last week. As spring football practice began for high school football programs all over Florida.

The 2011 Class 2A State Champs captured their seventh state title by finishing their undefeated season with a 69-0 win against Admiral Farragut in the 2A state championship game in Orlando.

The Eagles will have a few adjustments to make this upcoming season with the departure of a handful of players from last year’s team.

Following the 2011 season, five North Florida Christian senior football players signed National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers at the collegiate level.

List of recent players awarded a full athletic scholarship to play collegiate football.

  • Defensive back Travis Blanks signed a full athletic scholarship to Clemson University.
  • Former captain and quarterback Matt Dobson signed a full athletic scholarship to Georgia Southern University.
  • Linebacker Dallas Griffiths signed a full athletic scholarship to Liberty University.
  • Defensive lineman Caleb Helms and offensive lineman signed a full athletic scholarship to Florida A&M University.

“We lost a lot of guys from last year’s successful state championship team,” said head coach Robert Craft. “Spring practice, we are just trying to get back to the fundamentals of the game, and work on technique which is something we try to accomplish every year at spring practice. And, this year we are also trying to find some guys that are going to step up and fill those spots of those players that left last year.”

The Eagles have been working throughout the spring in the weight room, and now are able to strap on the pads to ultimately begin their journey to another successful season.

A few players have already started to surface and show some light of becoming an impact player for the 2012 Eagle football team.

On defense, defensive end and three-year starter Evan Gentry is said to be a huge player on the line that should help give the Eagles the push they need on defense.  And, with his experience, coach Craft believes he will be one of those players that emerge as an impact player for the North Florida Christian Football team.

And, on the offensive side of the ball wide receiver and returning starter Marcus Clark, and Brandon Lee, who lead the Eagles in reception last year, is also said to be players that can have a huge impact on the offensive side of the ball this upcoming season.

Besides the technique aspects of the game, NFC is also working on and focusing on the basis, this spring.

“We want to get down to the basis of our schemes on offense, defense and special teams,” said head coach Craft. “So that when we do go into the summer, we have something successful and positive motivation to build on in the summer.”

The Eagles will hit the field Saturday, May 19th for their 3rd annual spring football Red & Black game.

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