PANAMA CITY, FL (WJHG/WECP) The Bay Tornadoes are like most high school football teams in this area, aching to be on the field working towards their third game of the season. And like most, the weather is playing havoc with that practice schedule.
Tuesday in particular the kind of stormy day forcing the Tornadoes and other teams indoors for a lighter than expected workout.
Bay head coach Mike Watkins will tell you, as his team tries to prepare for Friday night, and its game at Port St. Joe, this weather is more adverse to his team maybe even more so that others.
"I think it's a little bit different, personally, for us here at Bay High because coming off the Crestview game, (a 68-0 loss) we really wanted to, especially with a bye week, put some emphasis on being more physical. We weren't very physical in that game and kind of got manhandled a bit. So we needed to create some toughness. And you're not able to do that when you can't go outside. It's tough to do. You don't want to have kids slamming on the basketball court or anything else, even with pads on."
The Tornadoes opened with this 15 point win over Bay back on August 17th, then got clobbered, as coach alluded to, by Crestview 68-0.
Last week was a bye week, which was not necessarily a welcome one for Watkins and his team.
"You know I've coached basketball and baseball before, the good thing about those sports is when you have a tough loss, or a bad game, usually your turnaround time is maybe 48 hours, you get to get back on the court or on the field again. So in football you've got to wait and kind of re-live that death over and over, especially watching film. So you know the kids have hopefully put it behind them.
The Tornadoes return to the field Friday at Port St. Joe, a 1A team that's off to a 2-0 start and coming off a win at 4A Marianna.
That game at 7:30 eastern and will be one of several we'll feature on Friday Night Overtime.