PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Back to work on Monday--in the office for most, but on the field for high school football teams.
Heading into week two of the regular season, it's pretty clear what each team needs to work on when practice picks up again. Blountstown, Port St. Joe, Rutherford, Mosley, Bozeman and Arnold all won by five touchdowns or more and hope to build on that momentum.
Arnold forced six turnovers against South Walton Friday night, one fumble and five interceptions. Everybody was pleased with the performance, perhaps no one more so than a coach who wasn't there to see it.
"We were fortunate to come up with those, and what better present for our [defensive backs] coach, who couldn't be there on his wedding day, than for us to get five interceptions," Marlins head coach Josh Wright said. "Ethan Davis, congratulations. Again, behind every great interception, there's good pass rush and some pressure. I thought our defensive line played well, well enough to kind of get after the passer and make him throw some balls up that he wasn't quite sure about."
A 43-9 win is a great start to the season, but the coaches and the team are already moving on...just not too far ahead.
"Our goal is to win every game. Fort Walton Beach stands in our way right now," Wright said. "They're good enough to beat us, that's for sure, and we hope we put our best foot forward Friday night out here. As you look at how our season lines up, each game progressively gets a little tougher leading up to the rivalry games with Mosley and Bay. We'd hope we'd be in a good position of confidence and success heading into those ballgames. So again, that's what makes these games so important."
Friday's home game against the Vikings is set to kickoff at 7.
The Marlins play rivals Bay in week four and Mosley week six.