Miramar Beach, FL (WJHG/WECP) It may be hard to believe, but we're now just two weeks away from the start of the regular season for most area high school football teams!
That is true for the Seahawks of South Walton.
Head coach Phil Tisa telling us he's working with about 30 on the varsity level this August. And he tells us he's pleased with his players effort coming off a good summer,
Tisa says he installed a lot of new stuff on offense this year.
And we'll get to see that new offense in action next week, when the Seahawks line up against someone other than themselves, in a Kickoff Classic at Freeport.
"It's really kind of a catch 22." says coach Tisa. "It is an opportunity to see where you are against somebody else, and not have to beat against your own people for a day. And at the same time, it's another opportunity to get somebody banged up. It's two fold, but I'm glad we do it. It's kind of a dress rehearsal. It doesn't count for anything, so we have a better understanding of who we are."
The Seahawks will play this season in 4A-1 with the likes of Marianna, North Bay Haven, Rutherford and Walton, among other teams from as far away as Jacksonville.
Some familiarity exists there for coach Tisa.
"You always know who your opponents are, you know who they've got coming back and you kind of guess what they're going to be. There are some coaching changes in the area, or coordinator changes, you're not quite sure. Arnold's always going to be a big task being a bigger school. But each week is anybody's ball game. Anybody can win on any Friday night. It's just about whoever is going to show up."
Their first regular season game set for the 24th at home against those Arnold Marlins.