PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Arnold Marlins are getting set to get back on the field and are hoping to recapture some lost momentum come Friday. The Marlins host Bayand come into this week's game with just one win in four tries this season.
That as they work into the system of the first year head coach Norris Vaughan. The Marlins got that first win a few weeks ago at Walton, but followed up two weeks ago with a blowout loss to 5A-1 foe West Florida.
Then came a bye week, and Tuesday I spoke with coach Vaughan about how he and his team made use of that extra time in week five, starting with some much deserved time to rest!
"So we gave them Monday off." coach Vaughan told me. "And then Friday we did nothing but condition. And we practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And just went back to a lot of fundamental stuff. Worked on tackling and that kind of thing. So, I mean it was good for us. I think kids are resilient. It's been a long time since the win, a long time since the loss. So we try to take it one game at a time."
Many would call this a big rivalry game, what with Bay and Arnold playing for county bragging rights in some way. Well coach Vaughan isn't too keen on football rivalries.
"I know there's talk that we're playing Bay and maybe it's a rivalry. I'm not much into that rivalry stuff. That rivalry stuff is more for the fans and that kind of stuff. It's not for the players and coaches, I don't think. We try to...I look at it like this. Every game is a big game. Every game's important. Every play's important. So we look at it...that's my philosophy."
As for the fact Bay is coming off back to back blowout losses, well that means nothing to the Marlins and coach Vaughan. He says the Marlins simply want to get themselves "right".
"We're not too worried about anybody, we're worried about what we do. So we've got to do our job, we've got to play hard. And if we do that than I'll be satisfied. The results are going to come if we do what we're supposed to do, all the time, and we work hard all the time, and we play hard. Winning and losing we don't talk too much about that. Those results will take care of themselves."
That game Friday set for a 7 o'clock kickoff, and it's one of many we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.
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