What life was like when Pine Forest played in the 2006 state title game

The year 2006.

This is the last time Pine Forest High School made an appearance in a state football championship game.

Oh, how much has changed.

At that time, Eagles head coach Ronnie Douglas had yet to start coaching. Instead, he was a businessman, owner and operator of a grocery store and a car wash.

Now offensive line coach Ryan Vandervort, a Pine Forest alumnus, had recently graduated from college football at Division I Samford University and Division II Delta State University. He was back in town as a volunteer assistant at his old high school.

This year’s senior class was between two and three years old. Toddlers who never knew their future would stage such a monumental game as next Saturday’s Class 6A Championship against Tampa Jesuit.

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Fast forward to 2021 and Douglas has navigated program turnovers at both the Tate and Pine Forest, Vandervort is coordinating the running game for one of the state’s best rushing attacks and these seniors have been the spearheaded a deep playoff race in their final season.

With the official start of Championship week there will certainly be stories shared across the city about Pine Forest’s previous experiences.

Three Presidents and 13 iPhone Editions later, here are some more interesting facts from the last time the Eagles saw each other in the FHSAA State Championship game:

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Song: Bad Day – Daniel Power

Album: High School Music Soundtrack

Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest

TV Show: American Idol

Car: Toyota Camry

Fashion and technology

Best-selling phone: Nokia (iPhone not yet invented)

Best-selling video game console: Nintendo DS

Social networks: Facebook open to the public

Warm shoes: Heelys, UGG boots and crocs

Clothing fashions: oversized belts, low rise jeans, leather jackets


NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks 21-10. Wide receiver Hines Ward wins the Super Bowl MVP title with a performance of 123 yards and one touchdown.

NBA: Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Heat guard Dwayne Wade won the MVP title of the Finals with an average of 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

MLB: The St. Louis Cardinals win in a game between the Detroit Tigers. Shortstop David Eckstein won the MVP title after beating 0.364 in the series with four RBIs.

NCAA Men’s Basketball: University of Florida trumps UCLA 73-57 to win first of consecutive national championships. Future Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah scored 16 points and nine rebounds.

NCAA Football: The University of Texas fights to the end with USC, winning the title 41-38. The Longhorns were led by future NFL quarterback Vince Young while the Trojans were led by Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. Young had the last laugh, scoring an iconic pylon touchdown with 19 seconds left to give UT the victory.

FIFA Men’s World Cup: Italy beats France on penalties.

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Lucas Semb can be contacted at [email protected] or 850-281-7414. Follow him on Twitter at @Lucas_Semb for stories and various Pensacola area score updates.

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