PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Since spring training was canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Bay High football team have been grateful to have him back this year.
“It all starts in training, if you do well in training you do well in the game,” said Bay High football player KT McManigal.
The Tornadoes really changed things for the program last season, going from a 2-8 record in 2019 to a 5-3 record with a trip to the playoffs last year.
The players want to build on that base more this year, so these spring practices are crucial for them.
“The difference between spring and fall is that spring is really like the start of the season, so you have to take it as seriously as fall, whatever you put on spring is what it is. that you’re going to put on in the fall, ”Bay quarterback Will Smiley said.
The players feel confident about what they can do this season as this group of Tornadoes is made up of many rising juniors who have been playing together for a while now.
“One reason I’m saying this is that we have the same team, we have a few new people here, but I just feel like this season is going to be the season,” Smiley said.
The Tornadoes are also feeling a bit more motivated this week in practice after seeing former Bay High alum Janarius Robinson being drafted in the Vikings’ NFL Draft in the fourth round on Saturday.
“Seeing him get drafted was a dream come true not only for him but for us, it doesn’t often happen here for us and not just to let us know that we worked as hard as he did to get there. level, ”Smiley said.
The team does not fear any challenge this season. They have a tough schedule in the fall and it’s no different in the spring as they will face Arnold and Mosley in a jamboree in a few weeks.
“It’s a tough night, but for us to know where we are as a program, we need that challenge. We were fortunate to have some wins over Arnold last year, lost to Mosley, but I think that’s the measuring stick for everyone here, ”said Keith Bland, Bay’s head coach. “Mosley is a much bigger school, twice our size, but their program has been successful in the past. So if we want to measure where we are and where we need to be, we have to play harder competition.
Tougher competition means a lot of hard work in practice, but the Tornadoes are prepared for it.
“What people should know about this year is that we don’t play. Over the last few years we’ve been working a lot, but this year is when we put it all in, it’s all or nothing this year, ”said McManigal.