PANAMA CITY, Fla. - This season has been uncharted territory for the North Bay Haven Buccaneers football team, but they have themselves in a good position with a few weeks left in the season.
This off-season the Bucs moved up from Class 1A to 4A, and not many people knew what to expect.
However, the team's goals didn't change – have a winning record and make the playoffs or a bowl game.
Now two thirds of the way through the season, North Bay Haven has a record of 3-3 with Liberty County, Sneads, and Bozeman remaining on the schedule.
They lost a tough one last week to Cottondale. The Bucs were winning by two at halftime, but were outmatched in the second and wound up losing by multiple scores.
The team is regrouping this week to try and finish up strong.
Head Coach Jeff Lee is happy with the way his players have embraced the challenges of moving up classifications, and feels good about the program's future heading forward.
“Last year was a big year for us. We stepped forward and had a winning record, and we were able to get to a bowl game. This year the goals were still the same, and they still are the same. We still have those opportunities in front of us to continue to have a winning season. We've just got to continue to build toward that, and that's something will hopefully be an expectation every year from here on out. We've just got to continue to work out younger kids throughout the whole year to have them ready to step in and fill the shoes."
North Bay Haven travels to Liberty County this Friday. That game will kickoff at 6:30 CT – 7:30 EST.