Panama City, FL---Area high school football, teams are looking ahead to getting on the field, under the lights this week. For the Bay Tornadoes that means a trip west Friday to face Northview for a full preseason game, or what they call Kickoff Classics.
Coach Jimmy Longerbeam looking to improve on a 3-7 mark, and heading into the fall, coach feels good about the numbers he'll take to the field this season.
"We've got 47 kids dressed and that's a good number for us. Most of our kids will be playing both sides of the ball, they'll be backups on the other side. We were hoping to get between 45 and 50."
Longerbeam says one of the big weaknesses for the Tornadoes in 2012, a lack of consistency on offense. Longerbeam thinks that side of the ball is going to be much improved this year.
"Yeah we'll be a little more diverse than we've been in the past. We're gonna do a little more one back stuff and some stuff with the I, based on the personnel we have. And we're gonna throw the ball more than we have in the past. I just think we've got the kids that we've kind of developed and grown up now that we can do that."
Coach says they'll work with a 3-4 defense, which should be strong up front, a bit young in the secondary.
After Friday night's classic at Northview, Bay will prepare for the regular season opener at home next Friday against Marianna.