Bay football builds and bonds during summer

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PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Area athletes at all levels are working towards improvement, while getting in valuable experience as well this June.

That includes the Bay football team.

Third year head coach Mike Watkins and his Tornadoes putting in plenty of time under the sun.

The players also working in the weight room after all, strength is a key to any football team.

Coach Watkins and his Tornadoes are working Monday through Thursday every week between 8-11 in the morning.

Watkins adds he's impressed with the numbers turning out for these, at times, grueling workouts, averaging around 50 players for these drills.

"During the school year we only got about 40 minutes," Watkins said. "In the summer, we have two and a half and three hours. So we try to maximize that from cardio, agility, speed work, strength, football specific stuff. So our summer is really, really big for us. It's a good bonding time. The kids get to spend every day, they're putting a lot of work, they're sweating, they're going through all those same struggles together. So that's kind of important for a team."

Aside from the building aspect is bonding.

"You develop a commitment level from the guys," Watkins said. "The other guys, they lean on each other and they know they can trust the guys that are showing up every single day. And even more importantly, they're learning our scheme. They're getting a little bit better and carrying on from spring. Some of those mistakes we get to work and try to work out some of those details."

Bay and Crestview play August 24th.