Santa Rosa Beach, FL---The South Walton Seahawks are heading into a third season under head coach Phil Tisa. Year number two was a pretty good one, with the Seahawks posting a 7-3 record good enough for the runner up spot in 1A district 3.
Coach Tisa's certainly looking for more of the same though he knows that won't be easy.
"Definitely coming off two 1-9 seasons you know we were a surprise to everybody. We no longer have that element of surprise. So we know that people are gonna know who we are, so it's definitely something we have talked about. As for, I think there's no reason we can't be competitive against our schedule and hopefully make another run to the playoffs. And hopefully go further than we did last year."
Coach Tisa says having a winning season has given the returning players a real sense of confidence, and certainly has raised the expectation level of players, coaches and fans alike.
South Walton playing in that same district again this season, against the likes of Blountstown, Chipley Bozeman and Holmes.
South Walton's put in the work to fix their weaknesses from last year, while riding the confidence that 2013's given them.
"Learning that we can have success is huge," says Tisa. "That's something that we hope to carry over and the kids that we have back know what it feels like to win. Our big focus this off-season has been defense. We gave up way too many points. So we're definitely trying to improve our defense so that we don't have to try and outscore people."
Coach Tisa with some 35 players on the varsity level so good numbers for a 1A program. South Walton opens on the 29th in Jacksonville against Christ's Church Academy.