At Gavlak Stadium on Saturday, the National Home school Football Association wrapped up their tournament, their 5th year in Panama City Beach. The Central Virginia Disciples and the Maryland Christian Saints, the two time defending champs, playing for the National Title.
There are 70 Home school teams Nationwide, and Mike St. Denis played for one of them growing up before moving on to play at Georgia Tech. St. Denis is now program director for the tournament, and says it wasn't that long ago when home school athletes had no outlet to play.
"When I was coming up, there was no such thing as home school football in the South East that we were aware of," he says. "In the last ten years, it has grown to all these teams that we have Nationwide. It provides kids and families an opportunity that want to chose an alternative schooling lifestyle for their students, the chance to play and compete in real football."
The Disciples prevented the Saints from three-peating, winning 26-14.