Bozeman Close To Wrapping First Spring Under Messer

Sand Hills, FL---It is just about time for some area high school football teams to see what kind of progress they may, or may not have made these last three weeks of spring ball.

Most teams in the region will be playing spring games or in jamborees over the next few nights.

Bozeman is in the spring game categroy and that comes up Thursday night as they host North Bay Haven.

The Bucks finishing up a first spring under new coach Lyle Messer who took over after Loren Tillman moved south to Wewahitchka.

Coach Messer dealing with around 35 players on the varsity level, and one in particular likely to be the key to what Messer's hoping to accomplish.

"We're going to put the ball in David Elmore's hands as much as we can." Messer told me Thursday. "And we're gonna let him do some things with him, try to put him in some space. And you know he's a pretty dynamic athlete so we're counting on David to lead us offensively. I think it's a fun offense, the kids are enjoying it. We're still running the football and we're gonna pound the football, but we're gonna try to use some space more effIciently than what we have in the past."

As for the spring game, like most coaches, Messer wants to keep things simple and not worry much about the score.

" We're looking for blocking and tackling. This spring was about the fundamentals for us. So we want to make sure we can block, tackle, we can line up and we can execute the things that we've been coaching for the last few months. So it's very basic, very vanilla Thursday night. We want to see who can play a little bit, get some good film on guys and just go from there into the summer."

That spring game set to start at 6. Also Thursday Chipley hosts Baker and Vernon hosts Freeport.