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I'm not gonna spend too much time talking about the game there really is no need to. Good luck to Middleburg on the rest of the season. There will be better days ahead for that program. Now the real journey begins. Teams at Fleming Island are measured by three things: District Championships, Regional Championships, and State Championships. The Golden Eagles of Fleming Island will start the chase for goal number one this upcoming week when they play the Bobcats of Bucholz. I personally believe that if Fleming Island won their district these past two years and played some if not all playoff games at home we would have represented the North in at least one of the past two seasons in Orlando for the 7A State Title. In 2011 Fleming Island lost in OT on the road against First Coast. First Coast went on that year to lose to Manatee in the championship. That season we did not win the district championship and in return we ended our season earlier than we wanted to. The following year we lost to Lincoln in the first round. We did not play sound defense at all last year and they exposed that. We played them tough they controlled most of the game but we never were out of it. Late in that game we still had a chance to win. Lincoln went on to play for the state title. Again that season we did not win a district title and ended our season earlier than we wanted to. I think it is overwhelmingly fair to say that if those games were played at Fleming Island we would have won at least one of those two games. Fleming Island is the toughest place to win a football game if you are the opposing team in Northeast Florida. Fleming Island is 1-4 on the road and 6-1 at home in the playoffs. That said, Joker99 expects nothing short of a district championship. Anything short of a district championship will be considered a disappointment. This is not a football program that prides itself on coming in second place. When Fleming Island designates a place where district titles, state titles, and regional championships will be honored, don't expect there to be a column that says runner-up because I'll tear it down myself if there is. The last time Fleming Island played Bucholz it was in the regular season in 2008 it was an elimination game, winner got into the playoffs/loser missed the playoffs. Fleming Island lost that game and missed the playoffs that year. That was the last time Fleming Island missed the playoffs.
Twitter has been the battleground for this rivalry over the past few days. I'm not gonna add to the trash talk but I'll just talk about the game. Last year we went away from playing Fleming Island football in a few games. I felt like the Clay game was one of the games we went the wrong direction. Last year we ran for just a measly 106 yards. The game last year was probably one of the worst Offensive Line performances since we started winning football games back in 2007. 100 rushing yards does not cut it at Fleming Island. Luckily we won last year, but I don't think we'll win again if we play that bad. Be the Bully 2013. That's the Joker's and Fleming Island Football's Campaign Slogan this year.