James Hale and his Arnold Marlins don full pads for the first time Thursday as they continue through the first week of Fall practice.

By: Scott Rossman
By: Scott Rossman

Panama City Beach, FL-- We start with high school football and today it's a visit over to the Arnold practice field. Coach James Hale working with around 30 players on the varsity level, that's down from the average number the past several years. Hale saying he had some kids quit over the Summer, others transferred. As for the players that remain, Thursday the next phase of Fall workouts.

James Hale
Arnold Head Coach

"First day in pads I thought they kind of struggled with it a little bit. But I really thought yesterday was a really good practice and the effort's been really good. They just gotta get used to the heat with the pads on now. It's gonna take a couple of days for that. And if they keep their attitudes like it is right now and keep working hard, then I think we're gonna be ok."

The Marlins 7-2 last season, the two losses to Choctaw. and Pensacola though both in district, keeping Arnold out of the playoffs. This season, the Marlins will be part of the new 5 team, 5-A district one with Bay, Rutherford, Gulf Breeze and West Florida.

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