Yellow Jackets swarm the weight room trying to get bigger and better

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VERNON, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - On the high school football front, area teams are pushing through their last few weeks of summer workouts.

Count the Yellow Jackets over in Vernon among that group.

The Jackets are led by second year head football coach Gerald Tranquille.

Tranquille says he's averaging about 30-35 kids over the summer, which he's very pleased with after he couldn't get kids to come out last year.

And not only are the Yellow Jackets swarming inside the weightroom and practice field, but they're bringing a lot of energy

"Well I've always told them, they like listening to music, they like dancing around," Gerald Tranquille, Vernon football coach said. "I say as long as it doesn't take away from what we're doing, if you're working, I don't mind it. So it's really been contagious. It's worked well with them. I kind of compromise with them. As long as you're working, and we can be in there being energetic, laughing and clowning, but I want you working. They've been getting maxes each week. So that's been really encouraging and positive. They're starting to see the results. So anytime you can see the results, it makes you want to work that much harder. I'm really pleased with how they've been picking each other up and lifting each other up."

Perhaps the message getting across to the kids. Success in the fall usually goes along with dedication and work in the spring and summer.

"Oh it's huge," Tranquille said. "You're paying the price right now. We're always talking about on Friday wanting to get paid. Well Monday through Thursday and in the summer time is when you put the work in to get that paycheck. So it's been huge. We can't do anything that we want to do on the field unless it starts in here. I just want to see us grow, and continue to get better. We had a great spring. Ended up winning our two spring games and it's really carried over from us starting in January, doing our seven on seven, working throughout the spring and now into the summer. Just want to see them grow and accomplish our goals."

Freeport's former head football coach Jim Anderson spending time in the weight room getting to know the guys.

He's recently joined the football staff as an assistant to Tranquille, who shares what he wants to see during his second year.

"I just want to see us continue to grow and get better," Tranquille said. "We had a great spring. Ended up winning our two spring games, and it's really carried over from us starting in January during our 7x7, working throughout the spring and now into the summer. Just really want to see them grow and accomplish our goals."

Vernon and other area teams working towards the official start of fall practice July 30.