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HS Video: 'Those who stay will be champions, and you stayed'

During bowl season, you've likely heard Apopka high school mentioned more than a few times as the Blue Darters have more than a handful of former players making an impact on bowl teams.

This video of the 8A Florida State title game against Cypress Bay will make you feel like part of the team and have you ready to take the field.

When the dust settled, head coach Rick Darlington rolled out everything they had in the playbook and marched 80 yards for a score on six of their first seven possessions en route to a 53-50 final score. The game was an offensive showdown and set a state championship record for combined offensive yardage (1,103 total yards).

Also worth noting, Apopka kicker Brett Wilson finished the season a perfect 66 of 66. Only 36 FBS kickers made 100% of their PAT tries this past season, and only two (Baylor's Aaron Jones and Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp) were 100% on PAT tries with more than 66 attempts.

This video does a great job of highlighting the game and is very well produced, bordering on cinematic quality. Stick in there to see the final play toward the end of the clip, and the message that was left for the team.

"There's a saying that those who stay will be stayed, and now you are all champions. Congratulations men, you will always be remembered. Stay hungry, stay humble, and always remember who you're playing for and give praise to Him."

"Celebrate now men, because today you are champions. Tomorrow the work for the next season begins. No matter where life takes you, each and every one of you, you will remember this moment, this feeling. Soak it in. It is yours and no one can take it from you the rest of your life."