South Walton and Arnold set for Friday night opener

MIRAMAR BEACH/PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (WJH/WECP) Several area high school football teams are just about ready to hit the field and play for real. County South Walton and Arnold among those who will go head to head Friday night in the season opener for both.

The Seahawks coming off a fairly good performance in its kickoff classic this past Friday, beating Freeport 28-14.

The coach says he knows with this regular season debut, the competition ratchets up a bit, and his team will have to clean up some things from that game a few nights ago.

"You know the biggest thing you look for as a coach from Kickoff Classic to week one is improvement." South Walton head coach Phil Tisa says. "You take the things that we saw on film that we didn't do so well, the stupid penalties, the missed assignments, things like that. And you want to see that those mistakes have been eliminated. And I think growth is really want we want."

As for the Marlins, well they are coming off a preseason classic loss to Marianna, the Bulldogs winning it with a late touchdown with the j.v. players on the field.

Even with the starters, coach Wright saying they committed too many errors, especially on offense with a series of bad snaps slowing things down.

"It showed a lot of what we need to work on." Arnold head coach Josh Wright tells us. "Obviously the center exchange was something that stood out the most to us, and obviously to anybody at the game. We couldn't get any offensive rhythm, so we'll be able to do that this week. We showed some hussle and we didn't lack effort. And again we played pretty well on defense. And so hopefully put those things together and have better success this week at South Walton."