"I went to Florida State [as a defensive back] and we won the first national championship  in school history. I'm drafted by the Falcons, one of the worst teams in the NFL, and go to the Super Bowl . The next year, I'm a free agent, I go to the Rams, who were worse than the Falcons . and my first year [there] we go to the Super Bowl and win it. Why would I ever not be confident?"
Flanagan will open the regular season against Stranahan at South Plantation High on Aug. 29.
"South Dade did," Bush said after a recent preseason practice, referring to last year's surprising 8A champ. "At the beginning of the year, I didn't even know South Dade. Dead serious. Next thing you know, you keep hearing them pop up. You blink, and South Dade is winning the state championship.
"I worry about that. I do. I'm not going to act like I don't," he said. "I worry about how my kids are going to handle this type of stuff, people telling them they're great, writing stuff, saying 'You're this and that, you should do this.' It's something we'll talk to them about."
"Everybody's coming for our head," Stanley said.
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The Falcons are loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Running backs Michael Francis and Arkeem Granger lead what Stanley and Spence promise will be an improved rushing attack. Adrienne Talon, a 6 1, 200 pound transfer from Western whom Bush Sr. describes as "fiery" and "nasty" and the team's fastest player, and Devin Gil, one of the county's most "underrated" safeties, should make a significant impact, the coach added.
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greater vocal leader as a junior. "I feel the only people that can stop us is us. I really mean that when I say that."
The lone setback was a 22 13 loss at District 12 8A rival Miramar, which the Falcons will face at home Oct. 17 this season and possibly again in the regional semifinals.
"We know people see us as a problem now," Spence added.
Bush Sr. said he's wary about how his players handle expectations the program's never had before.
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Following last year's success, the Falcons realize opponents will be extra motivated to beat them.
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But can the Falcons, who had never appeared in the playoffs prior to losing in overtime to Deerfield Beach in the regional quarterfinals last fall, realistically hope to hoist the Class 8A trophy this December in Orlando?
and Walter Jackson also are expected to catch a lot of passes.
When no one else expected much from the Falcons last season, defensive coordinator/secondary coach Stanford Samuels said, "we were already talking about state championship." That's why you saw a team comprised largely of sophomores crying "I cried right with them," their head coach chimed in after the 14 7 playoff loss to Deerfield when most observers figured they'd be satisfied with their 9 2 season, Samuels said.
PEMBROKE PINES Coming off the best football season in school history, Flanagan fully expects to contend for a state championship in coach Devin Bush's second season.
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