Freeport Bulldogs earn state title

Tina Harbuck
The Freeport Bulldog football team, who finished the 2015 season 5-5, earned the FHSAA Academic Team Championship award.

With all eyes on the Final Four for basketball the last couple of weeks, it’s not the only Florida High School Athletic Association state title up for grabs.

The Freeport High School football team has been awarded the FHSAA Academic Team Championship Award for the 2015 season.

The team champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition but in the classroom. The team must have committed to participate in the FHSAA state series competition in the sport in which it is nominated and honored that commitment by participating in the district tournament, according the FHSAA website.

The team must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on the unweighted 4.0 scale. All team members listed on the roster must be considered in compiling its cumulative team grade point average.

Freeport, who finished the season 5-5, won the state title in Class 1A with a GPA of 3.084. South Walton High came in second with a 3.031.

“I am really proud of our players for earning and winning the FHSAA academic state championship in football for the 2015 season,” said Freeport Football Coach and Athletic Director Jim Anderson.

“It shows that our student-athletes have their priorities straight and can, not only focus and succeed on the football field, but can also excel in the classroom,” Anderson said.

“It’s gratifying to our coaches, administrators, staff and especially our dedicated and hard working teachers at Freeport High School, as well.

“I couldn’t be happier for our community, school and, especially for our football team. It’s a great honor.”

For Freeport’s earning and winning the state title they received a commemorative plaque.