Niceville's 2012 football team didn't make a playoff run, so the Eagles wanted to bounce back in a big way in 2013.
They did just that. The Eagles went 9-1 during the regular season led by quarterback Ashton Hooker and playmaking wide receiver Tyre McCants. Niceville rolled their way through the playoffs and made the state title, but lost in a 55-39 shootout to Dwyer.
For Niceville, it's time to reload. They're losing Hooker and McCants, but still return a ton of talent that is having college coaches across the southeast visit Niceville.
Ryan Washington and Billy Sager are having a breakout spring, according to Niceville head coach John Hicks, as well as wide receiver Aaron Willis.
A few of the top returning players for the Eagles include 2016 superstar Elijah Stove who added offers from Florida State and Missouri today, offense tackle Joe Blythe, inside linebackers Jacob Clark and Bryson Hudson, and hard hitting safety Drew Frederic.
Niceville still has a quarterback duel between Frederic and transfer Colby Tuthill.
"We had several transfers from other schools that have added quality and depth to our team," head coach John Hicks said. "Once it all comes together we could make a deep run in the playoffs."
One of those transfers is 2016 safety Romeo Finley who has picked up a ton of offers from big schools the past several months.
2015 running back Shi'kim Coward will returning from his ACL surgery and has been working extremely hard in the weight room. Coward will likely receive a several offers this fall as schools are waiting to see how he returns from his injury.