Rutherford hosts Bay and Port St. Joe for lineman challenge and 7-on-7 clinic

Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 5:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 6:11 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Last year, the summer football season wasn’t looking too bright for programs as the pandemic shut everything down, but a year later, and a little more freedom, area teams are taking full advantage of their summers.

“This is nice,” said Rutherford head football coach, Loren Tillman. “This is kind of getting back to, you know, you don’t appreciate what you have till you lose it sometimes, so we appreciate this, and I think the kids do too.”

The Rams hosted Port St. Joe and Bay for a lineman challenge and 7-on-7 clinic Thursday morning giving each a look at how they measure up to teams they will see in the fall.

“You get to work on things that you can’t work on during the season, and you can work on stuff in 7-on-7 that makes the game easier by the time the season comes in the fall,” said Bay quarterback, Will Smiley. “You’re ready to go.”

Port St. Joe head football coach, Tanner Jones, says these clinics are crucial to progress.

“They compete. They run around. They have fun. They get better. I think, anytime you get a rep, you’re going to get better.”

Like Coach Jones said, they have fun, which is a major part of the mission.

“It lets you learn and have fun at the same time,” said upcoming Port St. Joe senior, Aiden Gainer.

Part of the fun, a little banter back and forth.

“They’re a little chippy. They talk a lot,” said Bay head football coach, Keith Bland. “But they’re good kids and they get along well with each other, so it is great to be in a community where all the kids get together and we can have these events where the kids compete and then shake hands at the end and get ready for the next week.”

The Rams, Tiger Sharks, and Tornadoes will hit the weight room for the rest of the week, and all three will see a few more similar clinics as the summer progresses.

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