HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Houston has a problem in the 3-A region, 2 Alabama high school football, and the name is the Raiders.

After their first playoff in three years, the blue hats of the wiregrass are ready to set sail. 34-year veteran and 2nd year Houston Academy head coach, Eddie Brundidge, led the Raiders to a 5-6 finish last season, only the 2nd winning season for the Raiders in the last eight years.

“I got a great feeling about this bunch. We’ve had a great off-season and a great summer!” stated Brundidge.

Houston Academy returns with 13 seniors, a starting QB, running back, and four offensive linemen. But even so, these Raiders are still young. Eight Juniors and a large group of sophomores are what is going to make up this year’s team.

“We are a fairly young team and going to depend on some kids in some plays and situations and they’re just gonna have to step up and play.”

The blue pirates of Dothan have big expectations after beating their school rival Providence Christian last year 54-0 it’s the first time in six years, that the Raiders have done so.

The first team to take the gridiron on H.A. territory is Josh Cox’s Wicksburg Panthers on August 19th who last season mauled the Raiders 23-14.