VERNON, FL-- The Vernon Yellow Jackets are hoping to carry over some momentum from 2103 and even improve on it.
Vernon is now heading into a second season under head coach Bobby Johns. The Jackets showing big time improvement in his first season, from 1-9 in 2012, to 7-4 last year.
It was an odd kind of season though, Vernon losing it's first three games, and then rattling off 7 straight wins, including all four games in 1A-district 2, making them district champs.
They followed all that up with a disappointing 22-19 loss to Northview in their first playoff game. A few miscues and some missed kicks costing them that one.
Suffice it to say, the lessons of last year are not forgotten.
"Well we spent all of the offseason trying to make up for the mistakes we made last year." coach Johns told us. "We were not a great football team at the end of the year, but we did get a lot better. And we might have had a chance to make it three rounds deep. With a team that maybe wasn't quite that good. But the kids kept playing. But we just felt like we kind of left it on the field against Northview. And they have a good football team, don't take anything away from them. But we did feel like we had an extremely good opportunity there. And we just don't want to let that happen again. So we've kind of pointed for that all year long."
Vernon will play at Freeport Friday in a preseason classic and then opens the regular season at Chipley on the 29.
Remember Friday Night Overtime starts on the 22 and runs through the start of the playoffs in November.