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Niceville football team gets a big send off

Eagle Stadium sits empty. That's because at nine a.m., hundreds of members of the community came together to send their football team on a three-hundred and thirty-six mile journey to Orlando Florida, and the state championship game.

Niceville takes on Dwyer, out of West Palm Beach, who beat them in the 2009 championship. Thursday morning, students, community members, and future Eagles lined the road to see the team off. With speakers blaring the fight song and a water cannon salute, the stage was set for a championship journey.

Alayna Nixon "It probably made their high school career, going to state and having their community and everyone so supportive of them."

Alayna Nixon is student government president.
Alayna Nixon "I have never seen Niceville High School so spirited for their football team. Our student section has been great this year, they've been super involved. Everyone's coming to the game supporting their team,

Head coach John Hicks says the enthusiasm send a message to his team.

John Hicks "It's awesome for the kids to see that they're not only representing their school, they're representing the town."

Principal Rodney Nobles says the support is county wide.

Rodney Noble "They are supporting us, the other student bodies, Crestview, Ft. Walton Beach, Choctaw have all been very supportive, and sending notes and congratulatory messages."

Nobles says despite the excitement, the Eagles have one goal.

Rodney Nobles "To win. Period. And we want to bring the trophy back to north Florida, and have it up here."

Rob Brown "Now if the Eagles have anything to say about it, on Saturday morning they'll start looking to add another 'state champions' sign to this wall. In Niceville, Rob Brown, Channel Three News."