PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Up next on 21 Teams in 21 Days, we focus on one of class 4A's newest members – the North Bay Haven Buccaneers – who had a breakthrough season in 2016.
After going win-less in 2015, the Bucs won five games last season, the most in program history, and qualified for a bowl game.
Now this year they move up to 4A competition, which presents all new challenges.
There are a lot of upperclassman on the team. These are guys that helped build up this North Bay Haven program, which is only in its sixth year.
Ray Tynan, a three-year starter at quarterback, is heading into his senior season.
He'll be handing the ball off to two different seniors: Anthony Hill, a bruiser who will run you over, and Ty Bolles, who is back at NBH after playing at Arnold last season.
On defense, another senior, Tyler Pegnatero, has started at defensive end since he was a freshman. Tanner Jacques, who missed last season with an injury, has exploded since spring.
Coach Jeff Lee is trying to instill a disciplined brand of football, and now that the team is moving up in competition, the next goal is to make the playoffs.
"What I want our guys to do is give us effort and attitude the best they possibly can,” Coach Jeff lee says, “And if they can do that, we're going to be successful. Again, we won five last year and made it to a bowl game, played in week 11. And we just hope we build on that success that we've had. We're in a conference, and we want to win that conference, and then put ourselves into a position where we can make the state playoffs."
Up next on 21 Teams in 21 Days, we take a look at the Rutherford Rams.