ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- They've been playing football for 100 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, and it has been 34 years since their last Deaf National Championship.
Second year head coach Eric LeFors led his team to a one loss 2013 campaign, which included wins against both hearing teams as well as deaf teams from across the country.
They finished the year 9-1, winning their final game against the defending deaf champions, California School for the Deaf and Blind.
"The last game was really the icing on the cake," LeFors said.
He is also deaf, and played college football at Gallaudet.
Last season he led the team to their first winning record in years, and said he knew he had something to build on for this year.
"After the first game I saw how the players played and their hearts, their commitment, we knew we could do more," he said.
The goal became to bring home FSDB's first football national championship since 1979.
Not only did the team get voted national champions, but their senior running back, Jesus Jimenez was named deaf high school player of the year.
"We're so excited," Jimenez said. "It's a different feeling, we're all overwhelmed."
Jimenez didn't really mention his individual award, instead said his goal all year was for the team to reach the top.
"The more we practiced, the more we won and it snowballed from there," he said.