The Osceola High School Kowboys’ varsity football team is bound for the 7A State Championship game on December 12th with hopes of making history for their school and Kowboys everywhere!
This is the eighth consecutive year the Kowboys have made it to the playoffs (a school record!), but it’s the first time they have made it to the championship game since 2007. In 2012 and 2013, the Kowboys were eliminated from the playoffs during the state semifinal round, including a 31-30 loss against Niceville last year.
But this year, things were different. Osceola High School defeated Niceville in a semifinal rematch with a score of 42-14, earning them a spot in the 7A championship game against the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders from Ft. Lauderdale.
This isn’t the first time the Kowboys have met the Raiders, either. The game will be a rematch of the 2007 championship game, where the Raiders defeated the Kowboys 35-20. The current Kowboys team will certainly be doing everything in their power to make sure the outcome of this game is different.
According to Coach Doug Nichols, one of the special qualities that has carried the team so far this season has been great senior leadership.
“[There has been] total team dedication to get to the State Championship after being close the last two years,” Coach Nichols said.
The game will kick off at 7:07 p.m. on December 12th at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. For ticket information click here.
If the team wins, they will bring home a second State Championship for Osceola High School to go along with the school’s previous title from 1998. This will be Osceola High School’s fourth appearance in the State Championship game, after previously competing in 1982, 1998 and 2007.
Coach Nichols said there have already been scholarship offers to a number of the senior players, including Riley Nicholson (NC State), Stephon Brown (Iowa State), Dominic Lee (Indiana), and Trey Simmons (Georgia State).
When asked about the potential outcome of Friday’s game, Coach Nichols only had one thing to say:
“Obviously if I didn’t think we were going to win, we wouldn’t get on the bus.”
Good luck, Kowboys!