It’s not a stretch to say that Saint Stephen’s football has become the standard of excellence that all other schools measure themselves against in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference. The Falcons have made four consecutive appearances in the SSAC Florida Bowl and won the independent state championship in 2016 and 2017.
Although they weren’t able to capture the school’s third consecutive SSAC title in 2018, falling to Orlando Christian Prep in the finale, the Falcons capped off a four-year run in which SSES is a combined 41-5. That stretch has been the culmination of a journey that seemed almost unimaginable when the program was relaunched in 2006 after a long hiatus.
The steady climb up the ladder of success began with the hiring of Head Coach Tod Creneti in 2011. After a winless first season, Creneti’s teams have gone 59-20, including 11-1 and 11-0 in their back-to-back state title campaigns.
The emergence of Saint Stephen’s football has clearly created a new sense of excitement on campus. Friday game nights have become prime-time events, thanks to the high-powered Falcons and the opening of the state-of-the-art Moore Athletic Complex in 2013.
Despite its brief football history, Saint Stephen’s has also had great success creating opportunities for its student-athletes at the collegiate level. In five of the past seven seasons, at least one Falcon has moved on to a NCAA Division I FBS or FCS program: Linebacker/tight end Tim Nutter (Furman/2013), linebacker Bradley Beazant (Rice/2014), offensive lineman Wyatt Knopfke (Boston College/2015), long snapper Jacob Westberry (Fresno State/2016), safety Sydney Brown (Illinois/2018) and running back Chase Brown (Western Michigan/2018).
Varsity Football (9th-12th grade)
Middle School Football (6th-8th grade) Coaching Staff
Football is FHSAA sanctioned and is a fall season sport.